Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease in which the body’s natural immune response targets the joints causing pain and inflammation. It is symmetrical, affecting the joints on both sides of the body which helps to distinguish it from other types of arthritis. It can affect more than just joints, as an auto-immune disease, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood and nerves. It affects about 1% of the population and is more common in women than in men.

 

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

  • Stiffness in the joints that limits range of motion.
  • Swelling in the joints making them puffy.
  • Pain, inflammation and tenderness that causes damage to the joint.
  • During a flare up joints may appear red or pink and feel warm and feverish.
  • Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches
  • Small, sometimes painful bumps known as Rheumatoid nodules under the skin.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness

 

How can I prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

Because doctors aren’t completely sure what causes rheumatoid arthritis you cannot prevent it from occurring. However, you can take steps to control the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, improving your quality of life and limiting the level of pain you suffer.

 

How can I treat rheumatoid arthritis?

  • Balance rest and exercise. You want to maintain flexibility without wearing yourself out.
  • Get physical therapy to help maintain range of motion.
  • Fish oil helps to ease pain and inflammation, in fact it may be as effective as NSAIDS such as ibuprofen.
  • Hot and cold alternating treatments may help to alleviate pain and stiffness.
  • Acupuncture and massage are both excellent ways to stimulate blood flow, reduce pain and help ensure a better quality of life.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are heart healthy, brain boosting and anti-inflammatory.
  • Try GLA’s, gamma linolenic acids. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and can be found in evening primrose, black currant seeds, and borage oil.
  • There are a number of spices that have curcumin which works as well as a low-dose of aspirin.
  • Ginger root may inhibit the chemicals causing inflammation.
  • Eat a diet high in whole grains, fruits, veggies, olive oil, fish, beans, herbs, spices and tea. Cut out red meats, sugars, flours and saturated fats.
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