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How CAM Helps Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Shirato, Susan MSN, RN, CCRN

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The symptoms associated with systemic lupus erythematosus can vary in location and severity and often have life-altering effects. Because the disease is chronic, the use of traditional medical therapy may not bring about the maximum benefit in many cases. In light of this, many people diagnosed with lupus may turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to help treat their disease. This article examines some of the common CAM methods used in addition to conventional medical treatment. Some points to consider include effectiveness, safety, cost, and ethical concerns associated with the use of CAM. The integration of these treatments into the medical regimen of those being treated for lupus is also considered.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.

Corresponding author: Susan Shirato, MSN, RN, CCRN, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 925 Chestnut St (Mezzanine Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19107 (e-mail: Sue.shirato@aol.com).

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.