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Rheumatoid Arthritis Natural Remedies

Updated on August 29, 2010

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition that affects approximately 1-2% of America.  It is believed to be an auto-immune disease, where your body attacks itself in what it thinks is self-defense.  Generally rheumatoid arthritis primarily affects the joints in the hand and feet; however, it has been reported to be associated with neck, hip, back and ankle pain as well.  Fortunately, there are some natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis that have been shown to alleviate pain and reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are always associated with joint pain and stiffness.  Frequently, the joints will swell and become inflamed as rheumatoid arthritis tends to inconveniently flare up.  Because rheumatoid arthritis is centered around joint pain and stiffness one natural remedy is the daily use of a Glucosamine Chondroitin supplement.  Among other benefits, glucosamine has been proven to provide the natural benefit of slowing the progression of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, easing joint pain, lubricating the joints by rejuvenating synovial fluid and promoting healthy and flexible joints.  As a natural remedy, Glucosamine Chondroitin is derived from shellfish and corn.  If you’ve ever had shellfish allergies, now or in the past, you may want to contact your doctor before taking this supplement.

One of the other popular rheumatoid arthritis natural remedies is to increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids.  These fatty acids have been shown to reduce the chemical reaction that leads to inflammation.  Most cold water fish (such as salmon) are high in omega-3 fatty acids, so increasing you fish intake may help to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.  Or, if you prefer, you can take a fish oil or Omega-3 nutrient supplement.  These natural supplements are a pharmaceutically purified supplement that provide the benefit of the Omega-3 fatty acids without having to eat the fish (and all of the mercury too!).  It’s important to talk to your doctor before taking any nutrient supplements.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Natural Remedies

These are just a couple of rheumatoid arthritis natural remedies.  If you’re interested in these remedies you should look online to find vendors and make sure to verify the ingredients and that they contain the recommended daily amount necessary to get the pain relieving benefits.

While there are no known cures, natural or otherwise, many of these remedies will help to relieve the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.  Persueing rheumatoid arthritis’ natural remedies have been shown to not only temporarily relieve the pain, but to also slow the progression of the disease.  Unfortunately, research has linked rheumatoid arthritis to genetic predisposition meaning that the disease might be hereditary.  If you think that you’re beginning to see symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis you should begin a comprehensive RA treatment program. 

Elements of a rheumatoid arthritis program include a well balanced diet (often refraining from saturated fats as well as dairy products and food made from dairy products), plenty of exercise, flexibility and stretching exercises, nutrient supplements and regular doctor consultations.  A well balanced diet provides the energy your body needs to maintain its functions and fight the disease.  It may help to take a multi-vitamin supplement to provide all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.  With exercise, make sure to only perform exercise that won’t hurt or strain the joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis.  The best exercise is swimming because it’s a low impact activity.  You could also try biking as it is also a low impact activity. 

Rheumatoid arthritis natural remedies are a safe, natural way to fight the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.  Natural remedies should be the first thing you try because they don’t have the dangerous side effects associated with prescription drugs.  That being said the information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician.   You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.


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      mctan 7 years ago

      I was diagnosed with RA more than a year ago. I fully agreed that swimming is the best exercise for RA patient.

      I've picked up swimming for the last one year and it does help in the pain relieve.

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      amin19692 7 years ago from Karachi

      My younger sister has this disease. I am glad to read your article it is very informative for my sister Thanks

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Before I even felt the RA pain in my back, I was already diagnosed with spurring as result from my chest x-ray. As I didn't feel pain then, I shrugged it off as just a misreading. I didn't even care to find out what spurring means.

      You are absolutely right! Due to my bone density problem caused by the spurring, my body's self-defense is to grow the cartilages in my vertebrate to fill up the gaps, resulting to my osteoarthritic pain. I know that my condition is somehow the results of my uncontrolled blood glucose and advanced age. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Texas breast reduction 8 years ago

      Ohh nice...that is the article which i am looking from many days.Very nice described thanks for sharing information with us.

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      Gravity Gardener 8 years ago

      Ginger extract has been used in eastern cultures for hundreds of years and thought to have properties that reduce inflammation and resulting joint pain. There are studies that are still out on the scientific properties of ginger as an anti-inflammatory, but there is some evidence that ginger may show some promise.

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      Priscilla Chan 8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      I have a good friend who has this disease. I am glad to find your hubs:) Need to tell her to read about this. Thanks:)