Living well with lupus

What should a person with lupus know about taking herbal supplements?

Dr. Ronenn Roubenoff is a Senior Director of Immunology Medical Research at Biogen Idec, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.

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There are many dietary, herbal, and nutritional supplements on the market, and more are being added all the time. These supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore they may not contain what they list as ingredients, or they may contain unknown quantities of ingredients. In the absence of evidence of benefit in lupus, I would not recommend taking any supplement without the approval of the physician who treats your lupus.

Medically reviewed on July 21, 2013