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Alternative Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Updated on June 15, 2011

Alternative Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis it makes sense that you will want to examine all of your options. This includes natural remedies and any other advice your doctor has to give. Consult with your physician so you can find the best treatment plan for you.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Do you want to consider alternative treatments for RA? Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition where your joints become inflamed and start to swell. You may experience pain, joint stiffness, and lack of mobility in general. Unlike standard arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is actually an auto-immune disorder where the immune system itself actually causes the damage.

Visit your Doctor

It is very important to avoid diagnosing this condition yourself and treating it yourself. Though this article shares some alternative remedies, they should never be used instead of your doctor's care. Proper diagnosis of the condition is essential as well as following the prescribed treatment schedule. Bear in mind that it can worsen in time, especially if you don’t get a diagnosis and begin treatment.

Lifestyle Changes

The very first thing you should do to supplement your regular care is to alter your lifestyle. Your daily habits and food choices are an essential part of managing the disease. In general, you’ll want to follow a healthy diet rich in healthy fats (particularly omega 3 fatty acids), low in protein, and rich in healthy carbohydrates as well as fruits and vegetables. You may also want to take Omega 3 supplements but definitely clear that with your doctor.

Bear in mind that some foods may trigger an attack and some people might see an improvement in their condition if they avoid them. These include refined sugar, citrus, wheat, corn, and soy products. However, you'll need to eliminate these items one at a time so you can get a feel for any changes. Also, not everyone experiences problems with these foods.

Alternative Treatments

You can also try some alternative treatments like herbs. But before you start taking herbs, remember that not every herb is good for you. People with auto immune disorders should avoid any plants that stimulate the immune system, such as Echinacea. The immune system is overly stimulated as it is which is why you have the condition in the first place.

In general, any herbs that are anti-inflammatory can provide great relief. These include cayenne, ginger, and turmeric. You can take them in capsule form or just cook with them. If you decide to take them in capsule form, follow the instructions on the package. Feverfew, a common herbal remedy for migraines, can also be used for rheumatoid arthritis because it is also an anti-inflammatory. Just follow the package instructions for dosage and be sure to check with your physician.

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Once you get diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, it can be managed. Alternative treatments for RA can go a long way to helping you manage the condition. However, you should always remain under the advice of your physician.

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey LL! Thank you so much for your comments. Even though I am an herbalist and love using alternative treatments, I know that going to the doctor and having your overall health monitored is very important. Working with your health care provider IS the best route. :)

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I appreciate that you don't suggest or imply that people with RA self-treat with alternative treatments. Working together with a health care provider is the safest route to go.