Elderberry is the dark purple berry from the European elder tree. Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. Traditionally, Native Americans used it to treat infections, while the ancient Egyptians used it to improve their complexions and heal burns.
Today, elderberry is most often taken as a supplement to treat cold and flu symptoms. Elderberry fruit is also used for making wine and as a food flavoring. However, the raw berries, bark and leaves of the plant are also known to be poisonous and cause stomach problem. The processing of the berries and flowers can reduce their antioxidant activity.
While elderberry has some promising potential benefits, there are also some dangers associated with its consumption especially for lupus warriors. Eldeberry will stimulate the immune system and can interfere with medications that suppress the immune system. The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. Medications including but not limited to corticosteroids (prednisone) and medications used to treat autoimmune diseases can cause side effects that will increase symptoms. People with organ transplants should also avoid elderberry.For these reasons you should stay on the safe side and avoid use or if you choose to use elederberry you should take it only under the supervision of a health care provider. #LupusInColor