Throughout the past month and a half, I have found some natural remedies that have been helping my Lupus flares and inflammation. These remedies include Acupuncture, Salt Therapy, Yoga, Massage, and of course the ocean. I find it very important to prioritize my overall health so even if someone does not struggle with an autoimmune disease, I believe these remedies are still beneficial.
Acupuncture is a key component of Chinese medicine in which needles are inserted into the body. Research suggests that this process can help relieve pain and by inserting needles at specific points can bring energy flow into proper balance (therefor relieving pain.)
I have personally found that Acupuncture is very helpful in decreasing my inflammation surrounding my joints. This ultimately leads to a better quality of life. I leave each acupuncture session feeling at peace and much better than when I arrived for the session.
Salt Therapy is a natural remedy that involves breathing in dry salt in a controlled space, such as a salt room. Dry salt has natural anti-inflammatory properties that have been known to alleviate pain and help aid in a person’s overall health. Where I go for Salt Therapy, I am able to get Acupuncture done at the same time. As of right now, I average about 1-2 times a week for both forms of therapy. Each session is 40-45 minutes and is the perfect time to nap or simply relax! After just a few months of Salt Therapy I can most definitely feel the difference in my body compared to when I wasn’t experiencing this remedy. I strongly encourage going to a salt room along with Acupuncture.
Although I have not been able to attend many Yoga classes, the few that I have attended have been absolutely amazing. The last Yoga class I attended involved meditation which I found to be very calming. I felt so centered and at peace during and after the class! Yoga’s original context comes from a spiritual place of trying to cultivate self-awareness and the ability to become fully present to one's surroundings. There are many Yoga studios but my most favorite class I have attended was held in Curtis Hixon Park for free. The energy in the park was most peaceful and reflective – everyone there was very kind and looked to one another for support. I plan on attending more of these classes and encourage you to try one!
Living with Lupus can be incredibly painful at times more than others. I have found that all over body massages really alleviate my inflammation and swollen joints. The massages that I find to be most beneficial are the ones that include Essential Oils. Different Essential Oils are meant to be beneficial for a variety of symptoms – some of my favorites are lavender and peppermint. When the essential oils are used in a massage, I feel as though I am receiving double the amount of benefits! I used to consider getting massages a luxury but now I view them as a vital part of caring for my health and reducing the amount of Lupus flares I get. I highly suggest treating yourself and seeing how you feel after a massage regardless if you have an autoimmune disease or not.
Last but not least, the ocean has many healing properties and is my personal favorite method towards pain relief and in aiding my mental health. Swimming in the ocean has been known to minimize the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Specifically, swimming in cold water can decrease swelling in the body and can improve immunity. I have realized this past year that making the concerted effort to be by the ocean about once every 2 weeks is a vital part of my mental health. There is something about being in the sun and salt water that bring me back to a place of peace and home. One of my absolute favorite things to do is watch the sunset in the ocean sand – it keeps me present and allows my heart to rest.
There are so many natural ways we can help ourselves heal whether or not we are living with an autoimmune disease. I strongly encourage you to try some holistic ways of healing if you haven’t already! Let me know in the comments how you like them.