Because of the nature and cost of the drugs used to treat lupus and the potential for serious side effects, many patients seek other ways of treating the disease. Some alternative approaches people have tried include:
Although these methods may not be harmful in and of themselves, and may be associated with symptomatic or psychosocial benefit, no research to date shows that they affect the disease process or prevent organ damage.
Handout on Health - Lupus. NIH Publication No. 09-4178
Primer of the Rheumatic Diseases. Thirteenth Edition. Arthritis Foundation.