Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own tissues. The presentation can be unique to each patient with symptoms manifesting in different organ systems. The most commonly effected areas are the heart, skin, lungs, joints, muscles, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nerve tissues.
Current treatment models are primarily aimed at management of inflammation, infection, pain, and mental/emotional states through drug medications. This is considered branch treatment as the focus is on symptoms versus causative factors. Patients often go into remission on their own but there is no telling what will trigger the next episode or flare up.
With chronic illness patterns it is essential to look at the body as a complex ecosystem. There must be investigation to internal organ systems and their state of function. An organ can be in functional decline even if it is not pathological (means it might not get treated). Multiple factors must be considered if remission from this illness is to be sustained.