Lupus Nephritis is a condition where inflammation caused by SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) occurs on the glomeruli, the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys.
The glomeruli are just like filters. They can filter wastes and toxins in the blood, holding back those substances that are useful for you body. When the are damaged, they becomes leaky, some macromolecule like protein can even pass through. In addition, the large amounts of protein cannot be reabsorbed by renal tubules effectively, thus leading to lots of protein leak out of the body with urine.
Treatment for Lupus Nephritis should be based on the type of it, and also be tailored to meet a person’s particular circumstances. Generally speaking, treatment to reduce protein leakage include:
● Medicines: Corticosteroids or immunosuppressants are commonly prescribed by your doctor for relieving proteinuria. Sometime, medicines for preventing blood clots or lowering high blood pressure might also be needed.
Most of the people can control the leakage of protein. However, proteinuria is easy to recur, especially when the patient get infected or tired from heavy work. That’s because these medicines simply relieve proteinuria rather than repairing damaged glomeruli. What’s more, due to long term or over-dosage of medicines, patients may experience some adverse effects, which in turn cause further kidney damage.
To sum up, medicines are not the best choice for reducing proteinuria in Lupus Nephritis.
● Immunotherapy: This therapy has six steps, all of which are to restore the normal immune system so that the deposition of immune complexes on glomeruli can be eliminated by the kidney itself adequately.
● Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy: Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this external application has the function of blood vessel dilation, anti-inflammation, and extracellular matrix. Therefore, it can improve the blood circulation, supplying enough oxygen and blood for the repairing of glomeruli. As long as kidneys are repaired, they can work normally, thus proteinuria will disappear naturally.
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