Last Modified on Jan 12, 2015
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has the same arthritis symptoms as other forms of the degenerative condition, but in this case the pain and joint degradation are the result of an autoimmune disorder. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system begins to attack the linings between bones at your joints, particularly the smaller joints in your feet and hands. So this is not a cumulative-use type of arthritis where bone is grinding against bone after wearing through protective layers of joint tissue. The unique thing about rheumatoid arthritis is that the pain comes from swollen sinovial membranes and can be accompanied by fever and fatigue that affects the entire body.
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, though as an autoimmune condition it probably has a genetic component. This would seem especially true in the case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, though there certainly could be environmental exposures or even viral or bacterial pathogens that trigger the initial inflammation and pain. RA is most likely to develop between the ages of 40-60, and women are at a greater risk for this health condition (70% of cases). The swelling can eventually deform joints and the bones on either side of them.
Cure Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally
Exercise and stress relief (you can get both from yoga or tai chi, both recommended for arthritis) can help slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and perhaps reduce arthritic symptoms. However, natural rheumatoid arthritis treatment options such as omega 3 fatty acids from plants and coldwater fish can substantially reduce arthritis pain and other symptoms. The curcumin in turmeric can reduce the swelling at the root of rheumatoid arthritis pain.1 Likewise, the supplemental herb Feverfew is regarded as beneficial for RA patients due to anti-inflammatory properties.2 Our EC Community has contributed even more natural RA treatments below.
1"Does turmeric relieve inflammatory conditions?" - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21369559
2"Feverfew in rheumatoid arthritis" - http://ard.bmj.com/content/48/7/547.short
3"Contemporary and alternative therapies in managing rheumatoid arthritis" - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12802127
4"Herbal Medications Commonly Used in Practice of Rheumatology" - http://unifra.br/pos/aafarm/downloads/_herbs in rheumatology.pdf
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[YEA] re: Rheumatoid Arthritis Remedies: I just had one session of acupuncture with a sefu who lives in the area. It was AMAZING. I feel better than I have in months and he was telling me about problems I have had for years, but hadn't even mentioned to him. I am highly against medication, and I was willing to try pretty much any alternative. I think if I have one or two more sessions with him, I will be completely pain free.
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Approval Ratings BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100% Posted by Anonymous (USA) on 11/29/2007
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I would like any help I can get from someone who has found relief for RA ( other than prescriptions). Any suggestions would be great. I have tried 2 Tbs AVC-1 tsp honey-1/8 tsp of BS, have been doing this for 2 months, added lemon juice 2 days before the 1st flare and continued with it until the 2nd flar 5 days later so stopped the lemon juice. Stopped taking meds 4 weeks ago and have had 2 flare ups, oddly they are both in the same shoulder and last longer than the 24 hrs.. Never had that happen before, it always moves to another joint. I did find a little info from Ted to someone, so I went and got powdered or granulated MSM, Mag citrate, and sodium ascorbate. Pain is still there but am ablr to move it enough to continue working. I did purchase the castor oil pack but haven't tried yet. Does this work for RA pain? I just wanted you all to know a friend told me of this site, so we both started doing some of these things together. I also have told a people to check out your site. I do alot of what has been suggested here. So far I love every thing I've tried and when I go back to doing other things like using soap...YUCK. makes your skin feel really sticky or it has a film on it. I also find oil pulling very relaxing. Thank you all for your in put and suggestions and really enjoy reading on this site.Replied by Sharon