LUPUS – SLE Symptoms

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LUPUS – SLE Symptoms

LUPUS – SLE Symptoms talks about SLE deviated organs functions and their  symptoms.

LUPUS is known as Systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE.

Lupus is a complicated disease; it invades many organs and can invade different organs in different people, and can display different symptoms depending on the organs that are involved.
Below lists the most popular symptoms of LUPUS and their affected organs. According to the traditional Chinese Medicine, you can realize why LUPUS has so many different symptoms. If you recall the five elements chart, if one organ is abnormal, it will cause the other organs to become abnormal one by one.

The time it takes for an organ to go from normal to abnormal and the order in which they are affected depends on a person’s unique physical health and other factors such as weather, diet, lifestyle, and emotional health.

Below we match lupus symptoms with the affected organs. Please review the Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory and Table 1 Five Elements for more information about the relationship between organs.

Kidney

The kidney requires a balanced yin (constitution) and yang (energy, fuction). If either one is too high or low, this can lead to a host of health problems.

A yin deficiency or yang deficiency in the kidneys can cause high blood pressure.
Kidney yang provides the body with energy. If the kidney’s yang is deficient, this leads to fatigue and the patient will often feel cold. The fatigue could be as severe as experiencing sleepy during driving.

On another hand, kidneys’ water always cools down heart fire. If not, patient has insomnia that causes fatigue.

Kidneys regulate circulation of the lower limbs. If kidney yang deficiency, a patient will have swollen legs, feet and joints of the lower limbs. Kidney yang also controls urination. A patient can develop nephritis, UTI, bloody urine, high protein in urine, nocturia, frequent urination, urgent urination and/or incontinence if the kidney yang is impaired. On another hand, profuse urination also can related to diabetes, which is caused by a kidney yang deficiency.
The Kidneys’ yang is the root of the whole body’s defense power, according to the classic Chinese medicine text Huang Di Nei Jing. If the kidney has yang deficiency, a person may experience allergies.

Kidneys grasp air downward when a person inhales. In case of kidney yang deficiency, patient has a hard time breathing in or asthma of difficulty breathing in.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, kidneys store pure nutritional essence that is used throughout one’s lifetime. In case of spleen deficiency, when the spleen cannot absorb enough nutrition or when under starve there is no enough food intake, the essence inside kidneys will supply the body. On another hand, kidneys essence also supply nutrition for sperm in men and eggs in women. If a person consumes too much energy that can get from daily foods and has used essence in the kidney as a supplement, this leads to a host of symptoms. Furthermore, sperm count could drop down. It also may cause dark circles under the eyes, hot flush for both male and female. For both male and female may have infertility. Or, if the person can have child but the child’s kidneys’ constitution will be weak. A weak kidney constitution can related to growth retarded or short height or low intelligent or bad memory or as one of my patients who has bipolar since her young childhood due to generation by generation’s dark circle. On another hand, kidney essence makes bone marrow and make brain. If kidney essence depleted, there is memory loss and/or brain shrank. It can cause Alzheimer disease and/or noise in the skull. Moreover, kidney essence depleted too much, it also depletes one’s life span or makes one’s menopause arriving earlier. Kidney essence also supply for bone grow and/or renew needs. When kidney essence is depleted, there can have osteoporosis and/or bone tissues death without renewal.

Kidneys also control hair color. In case of kidney deficiency, hair will lose its color and become white.

Liver

Emotional disturbances and liver toxins can engorge the liver and cause its energy to become stagnant. When this happens energy passing through the liver meridian experiences friction which generates excess heat that travels upward in the body, causing headaches on the top of the head. Excessive heat can lead to liver fire, which causes high blood pressure, disturbs shen (mental spirit), and causes nightmare or strange dreams.

The liver nourishes tendons, but when liver meridian energy is stagnated, the liver cannot nourish tendons. This leads to tightness in the tendons, joint pain, and/or whole body pain.
If the liver meridian becomes extremely stagnant, excess energy overflows to the gallbladder meridian. Gallbladder meridians are internal and external; a stagnated gallbladder meridian causes migraines.

Like the kidneys, the liver also affects hair. Although kidneys control hair color, the liver controls hair growth; a stagnant liver can lead to hair loss and alopecia.

Heart

Because the heart hosts shen (spiritual health), if a person has heart problems the shen cannot rest properly, leading to shallow sleep, fatigue, mental disorders or worry too much.
Heart controls joy. In case of under any heart problem, patient will not feel happy.
The heart’s energy must be strong enough to push excess nutrition in the breasts (milk) down to either the uterus and Ren Meridian or to the large intestine. If heart energy is not strong enough to push milk flowing downward, instead, milk flow can be rebellious to heart that causes LUPUS.

The heart controls sweat. In case of a person’s heart has problems, there can be no sweats at all or abnormal amount sweats or profuse sweats or can have milk smell or even milk like sweats.
According to the Chinese medicine, the heart controls blood vessels. Therefore, heart problem can cause blood vessels problems: fragile or cardiovascular diseases such as aneurysm, angina, atherosclerosis, cerebrovascular accident (stroke), cerebrovascular disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction (heart attack), peripheral vascular disease, etc.

On another hand, heart problem also caused abnormal heart beat such tachycardia, bradycardia, irregular heartbeat, arrhythmia with skipped beats or palpitation.

In some cases a patient will demonstrate early signs of heart disease through symmetric swollen ankles, shortness of breath or asthma when climbing hills or stairs or neck stiffness after get off flight.

If you want to learn more early signs about heart diseases, please refer to Early Sign of the Heart Diseases and Early Sign of the Heart Diseases Chart.

Spleen

In traditional Chinese medicine, the spleen controls body metabolism. Poor spleen function leads to water retention inside the body. When extra water in the muscles induces more toxins be held inside the muscles that cause muscle pain due to the toxins blocks qi and blood flow inside muscles.

Chinese medicine pays close attention to water retention and works to reduce retention as soon as possible in order to prevent illness. When clear water outside the body, it can wash out many dirty or unwanted stuffs. However, when water goes inside the body, its form changed to be electrolytes to flow around our body. It mixes with nutrition, neurotransmitters, hormones, blood cells, body waste from each cell metabolism and many other stuffs that circulating inside our body. Plus our body heat, the water becomes thick and can hold toxins if it stays inside the body too long. Excess water in the muscles retains toxins, impedes blood flow and blocks energy flow, easily inducing muscle pain; excess water in blood vessels leads to higher blood pressure. Eliminating excess water is an excellent way to wash out unwanted waste in the body and prevent excess pain and higher blood pressure.

Spleen transforms and transports foods. It pushes enzymes from the pancreas and helps absorb nutrition and deliver it to the body. It pushes enzymes from the pancreas and helps absorb nutrition and deliver it to the body. When the spleen is weak, it cannot push enough and/or all kind enzymes from the pancreas, causing poor appetite, food allergies or weight loss. Moreover, it causes muscles atrophy such as elderly’ muscles shrink and skin form deep wrinkles. In turn, poor nutrition absorption can cause anemia, poor sleeping quality, leading to fatigue, dizziness and amenorrhea in women of reproductive age.

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The spleen also controls thinking.. A spleen deficiency can cause a “motor mind” that makes one hard to fall asleep. Any insomnia causes fatigue and if left untreated, this can lead to chronic fatigue.

Lungs

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the lungs regulate water distribution in the upper body and skin moisture. Poor lung energy leads to poor water regulation in the upper body, causing swelling in the upper body, swollen joints in the upper extremities, swollen face, excess phlegm in the lungs (It easily holds bacteria and/or virus from breathing, plus inside lungs’ nutrition and toxins-from metabolism), shortness of breath, and even asthma. Patients will experience difficulty exhaling, will crave spicy foods to help expanding lungs alveoli. They may have cough, sinus problems, sleep apnea and dry skin. They may also frequently get flu, non-infection pneumonia and pleuritis.

The lungs also deliver immunity cells to the skin. A person with weak lungs may experience more skin lesions and/or rashes. They may also demonstrate sadness, which is the emotional symptom of weak lungs.

The lungs also deliver immunity cells to the skin. A person with weak lungs may experience more skin lesions and/or rashes. They may also demonstrate sadness, which is the emotional symptom of weak lungs.

San Jiao System

The San Jiao Meridian of Hand Shaoyang controls all of the zang organs (solid organs of kidney, liver, heart, spleen and lungs), fu organs (hollow organs of urinary bladder, gallbladder, small intestine pericardium, stomach and large intestine), the uterus, brain, breasts, nerve systems and the lymph system. Whenever multiple organs involved in an illness, this impacts the entire san jiao system and can lead to nerve damage. Moreover, affects other organisms quicker.
Body Yang Deficiency that It Cannot Enter to Yin.

Our body’s warm energy, or yang qi (yang is warm and qi refers to energy), travels throughout the body, moving in and out and up and down through the body. It defends against outside pathogens while also maintaining internal body functions, and also regulates body temperature. It must pass through the yin (physical constitution) in order to work properly.

Yang is warm and yin is cold. When yang cannot enter yin for a specific area of the body, it can experiences problems in that specific area such as Raynaud’s Phenomenon, abnormal blood clotting, fever even > 100 degree F, cancers, miscarriages, etc.

When drinking or eating cold foods (not just foods that are cold in temperature, but also foods that are cold in their property) we can deplete yang qi, which leads to stomach fires, butterfly rash and more. Excess yin (coldness) in the uterus can cause preterm birth, blood clots during menstruation and cramping pain. Other signs of yang deficiency involve sun/light sensitivity and excess bleeding.

Yang Rebellious Causes Phlegm in the Lungs

When yang qi (hot, warm energy) rebellious, it dries the evaporated moisture in the lungs to be phlegm. The phlegm further blocks the raising yang to go downward (As mentioned before that yang qi traveling up and downward of our body to make sure our body function well). That can make dry mouth, nose ulcer or nose bleeding, dry eyes and thirst, etc.

Impaired Functions of Kidney, Liver and Spleen

The liver nourishes and controls tendons, the spleen nourishes and controls muscles, and kidneys control bone. If any of these three organs do not function properly, a person will experience symptoms of mobility problems like arthritis, morning stiffness and other problems.

Impaired Functions of Heart, Kidney and Lungs

The heart controls blood flow that supplies oxygen to the whole body. The kidney grasps inhaled air through the lungs. The lungs expel contaminated air out off the body. When any of these three organs do not function properly, a person experiences symptoms of while deep breathing or walking up hills or upstairs.

Impaired Functions of Kidney, Spleen and Lungs

Kidneys supply yang qi (warm energy) to the spleen to transform and transport food. A yang deficiency in the kidneys leads to poor absorption in the spleen, and later, anemia. The kidney controls water retention in the lower part of the body while the spleen controls overall water retention and metabolism as well as the water in the middle jiao. The lungs are the upper water gate. If any of these three organs are weak or malfunctioning, a person will experience symptoms of water retention in the joints and joint pain in a part of the body or the entire body.

Impaired Functions of Kidney and Liver

The kidney filters water in the body. If kidney function is weak, this leads to nausea, vomiting or even dizziness. Excess water retention can also cause muscle twitching and eyelid twitching. In traditional Chinese medicine, the liver is the organ that generates wind. Liver wind can induce seizures, but a stagnant liver energy at the tip of the 11th ribs can push the stomach upward, causing nausea, acid reflex, heart burn and/or vomiting. The stagnated energy of the Liver Meridian of Foot Jueyin can overflow to t he Gallbladder Meridian of Foot Shaoyang and causes gallbladder fire that also can lead to muscle twitching or eyelid twitching or facial twitching or even wield dreams or nightmares.

Impaired Functions of Heart, Kidney and Spleen

The heart, kidney and spleen can each cause fatigue if they are not functioning properly.
properly as stated above for each organ.

The heart transmits heat to the small intestine, aiding digestion and its peristalsis movement to move foods forward. If heart heat diminishes, this affects small intestine digestion, leading to excess food waste in the gut, weight gain and abdominal protrusion. The heart also controls blood vessels, blood, and shen (spirit). Heart diseases are typically recognized by symptoms of physical fatigue and mental/emotional fatigue/disorder.

The kidney controls lower body (waist and below) circulation and water balance as well as supplies yang for spleen functioning. . If the kidney is functioning poorly due to kidney yang deficiency, a person will experience symptoms of water retention in the lower body, weight gain, heavy/tired legs and hypertension.
In case of kidney yin deficiency, it can cause hot flash, night sweats that bothers sleep and leads to fatigue. The deficiency yin cannot holds kidney yang, leads kidney yang raising that also can cause hypertension.

The spleen is responsible for water metabolism and controls water inside muscles. If the spleen function is off balance, there is water retention in the muscles that causes weight gain and can hold more toxins inside muscles thus causes muscle pain. On another hand, the spleen cannot absorb enough nutrition for the body use, thus causes the fatigue. Excess water goes inside the blood vessels that causes blood be more sticky and makes heart to beat harder in order to pump blood flow. It’s hypertension. If excess water enters blood vessels wall or nerves, a person will experience extremely fatigue that hit one golf stroke will feel fatigue.

Five Organs Not Harmonize

Each of the five zang organs affects different parts of the brain and a person’s emotional well-being. Once five organs not harmonized, there is anxiety, irritability, behavior changes and/or stroke.

If all five internal organs are healthy and harmonized, a person will have balanced hormones and strong immunity from common illnesses. Otherwise, a person will have lower immunity plus other symptoms such as dizziness, blood disorders, menstrual irregularity, stroke, paralysis and other problems.

Note:
Due to the complex nature of LUPUS and the number of organs involved in lupus, patients’ symptoms can vary. This article only covers the most common symptoms.

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© 2012 Frieda Mah, L.Ac.

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