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Natural Remedies for RA Relief

Updated on November 25, 2014

Natural Remedies for RA Relief

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a complex disease of the joints and immune system. Treating it with the skills of a team from many disciplines (both conventional medicine and alternative methods) provides the most effective management. Much more attention is now given to the RA patient's role with this team.

Researchers believe that a combination of factors are involved but admit that ONE exact cause is unknown. Remedies that provide relief for one person may not result in the same relief for another.

The use of various alternative methods of management along with conventional medical treatment is a logical belief about this process toward long-term successful relief.


Natural Remedies & Alernative Medicine

Those who suffer from RA often find the most significant relief from alternative medicine over meds.

Natural remedies in alternative medicine DO exist that have given many people relief from the joint pain and other rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Here you will find several of these natural remedies or alternative methods that have worked for others with RA. Some sufferers of RA have even experienced a reversal of the disease as a result of these methods. May they lead you toward your own relief and success in living with RA!

Not everyone responds to treatment in the same way. There are a lot of important factors to understand and consider when choosing any remedy, including the potential benefits and risks for you. This website is meant to compliment the treatment of your doctor by revealing some additional remedies BEYOND drugs that have helped others significantly.

Foods Known to Remedy Rheumatoid Arthritis - Adapt your diet a little more each day.

For simple ways to include the nutrients below in your diet, visit the partner page specifically about easy ways to create nutritious drinks.

  • WATER! We all benefit from drinking lots of water, yet people with RA need it even more so. Dehydration will affect the joints and increase pain.
  • Cold water fishes like salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring have been known for their high Omega -3 fatty acid content. The essential fatty acids are particularly needed by folks who suffer from RA.
  • Consume a diet rich in whole whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
  • Include fruit in your diet daily, especially avocados, pineapple, bananas, and blueberries.

    A story about about avocados...Dr John Heinerman, a medical anthropologist, reports he has not found a single case of RA among the Mayan Indians of the Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala who regularly consume ripe avocado pears. The same is true of various native North West Amazon tribes who live in areas where wild avocados grow in abundance. Only when they give up avocados and start eating a Westernized diet do they start suffering from the disease." (J Heinerman, Encyclopedia of Healing Juices, Parker Publishing, 1994). THINK about it!

  • Increase your consumption of vegetables, especially sulfur-containing foods such as legumes, garlic, onions, brussel sprouts, and cabbage. Now if you are shrinking away thinking...YUCK! ... :-) you WERE, weren't you? ...hang in there, for there are creative ways to consume these nutrients, like green smoothies and such.
  • WATER! :-) Yes, it IS important enough to repeat! You may not think you are dehydrated, yet not enough water could be a big part of your pain.

Quality Multivitamin Supplements and RA

Lack of Essential Nutrients Feeds Joint Pain

Quality Multivitamins are a MUST!!! If you commit to a high quality nutritional supplement taken regularly, missing nutrients needed will be restored to help support the immune system in prevention of those painful RA symptoms. Your joint pain from RA will only be worse if you do not give your body the nutritional balance it needs. Learn more about choosing quality supplements here.

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In addition to a quality multivitamin, many have found relief in taking additional supplements like Glucosamine as well as additional amounts of B Vitamins and Folic Acid.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Non-Drug Remedies

Consider forms of alternative medicine to supplement your RA meds, or maybe even eventually replace them.

While it may be easier said than done, efforts to decrease stress and get adequate sleep is critical for those with RA.

Learn ways to detox the body of harmful impurities.

Soak hands in warm salt water. Take an Epsom Salts bath.

Magnet therapy, fish oil supplements, homeopathy and acupuncture are a sampling of complementary treatments that have been found to be of benefit. Magnet therapy works for some people, but it's not understood why - scientific evidence is still lacking.

Copper There has been some evidence of copper's possible link to RA. Blood levels of copper are often elevated in people with rheumatoid arthritis, which leads some to believe that copper is being drawn out of body tissue stores and then transported by the blood to fight inflamed joints. It is known that copper, like zinc and selenium, is used to form anti-inflammatory compounds in the body and can help counteract the inflammation that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis. Copper is also essential for the body's manufacture of connective tissue, the ligaments, tendons and such that wrap around a joint like rubber bands and keep it stable. In the body, copper combines with salicylate, a compound found in aspirin, and improves the drug's pain-relieving ability.

Read more about copper and RA here.

Specific Nutrients for Rheumatoid Arthritis - Relief for joint pain and RA

  • Some swear by borage oil and evening primrose oil both being essential fatty acids which contain very high amounts of GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) which helps to improve blood pressure and circulation. This GLA may already be included in a quality Omega essential fatty acid supplement, but is worth checking since some swear by this ingredient.
  • Copper There has been some evidence of copper's possible link to RA. Blood levels of copper are often elevated in people with rheumatoid arthritis, which leads some to believe that copper is being drawn out of body tissue stores and then transported by the blood to fight inflamed joints. It is known that copper, like zinc and selenium, is used to form anti-inflammatory compounds in the body and so can help counteract the inflammation that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis. Copper is also essential for the body's manufacture of connective tissue, the ligaments, tendons and such that wrap around a joint like rubber bands and keep it stable. In the body, copper combines with salicylate, a compound found in aspirin, and improves the drug's pain-relieving ability.

    Read more about these studies about copper here.

  • green-lipped mussels - A lipid extract from green-lipped mussels was shown in a clinical trial to be effective in reducing pain and improving arthritic condition and improvement of joint function. In this study, 70% of 60 osteoarthritis patients put on a diet of the green-lipped mussels lipid extract were found to have experienced significant improvement in joint tenderness, morning joint stiffness, grip strength and overall have better mobility after four and eight weeks. Another study in Scotland resulted in 76% of RA patients put on the green-lipped mussels lipid extract to report significant improvement.

    Read more about the green-lipped mussel extract here.

  • Aborigines have used Emu oil as a natural cure for centuries, and research has confirmed that it can reduce inflammation and pain. In some cases natural cures like this have proven to be more effective than the usual prescribed medication.

    Learn more about emu oil here.

Foods to Avoid if you have RA - Common food allergies and RA

Identify and eliminate food allergies. The most common food allergies found in people with RA were: wheat, corn, milk and other dairy products, beef, nightshade family foods (tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers, and tobacco.

These food allergies will vary from person to person, so it is recommended to eliminate the following categories of food one at a time- for two months each category:

(1) all sugar except natural fruits

(2) all citrus fruits

(3) wheat, corn and soy

(4) milk and foods made with milk products.

At the end of each trial period, restore the eliminated items to your diet. You may find that one or more has influenced your arthritis symptoms.

  • Avoid inflammatory foods such as saturated fats (meat, dairy) and all hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated or trans fatty acids.
  • Avoid food additives and preservatives.
  • Also avoid or limit foods high in sugar and simple or refined carbohydrates.
  • Avoid caffeine.

About Rheumatoid Arthritis...Did YOU Know?

...that in the same way there is a link between diabetes and blood pressure, there is a link between rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease?

...that there is an association between autoimmune disorders and food allergies. Victims of rheumatoid arthritis can suffer flare-ups when they eat certain foods?

Learn more about RA and heart disease here.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Exercise

Regular movement via wise exercise is KEY for RA!

The pain of arthritis will often make exercise less enjoyable, so those with this condition may be tempted to give up being active. However, doctors suggest that one of the best remedies for rheumatoid arthritis pain is movement. This leaves many people wondering what their best option is: how do they remain active without risking more pain? Gentle range of motion exercises that are low impact are the best options.

* Swimming is excellent since it is aerobic yet easier on the joints than weight bearing exercise. The Arthritis Foundation says the following in "Why Water Exercise?" "The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water make it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Immersing in warm water raises your body temperature, causing your blood vessels to dilate and increasing circulation. Water exercise is a gentle way to exercise joints and muscles. Water supports joints to encourage free movement, and may also act as resistance to help build muscle strength. Using a spa adds a component to the therapy - massage. Jet nozzles release warm water and air, massaging your body and helping you relax tight muscles."

* Yoga As a low-impact exercise, yoga it puts very little strain on the joints. Other advantages include: Yoga promotes strengthening and stretching the body, and also supports relaxation and proper breathing. All of these benefits can help with rheumatoid arthritis pain. Doing yoga also improves blood circulation to joints, which relieves pain and inflammation. There are many poses which can relieve pain in specific areas like the hands or hips. Practicing yoga helps balance all of the body's systems, including its immune defenses. Correcting immune system problems can greatly reduce the instance of pain related to rheumatoid arthritis.

* A brisk daily walk of at least 20 minutes can make a big difference if swimming or yoga feels beyond your reach. A daily walk will improve circulation and provide aerobic benefits to relieve RA symptoms.

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      Jaipur Arthritis Centre 24 months ago

      I would like to say that natural remedies are so helpful in arthritis treatment. There are available various natural remedies like apple cider vinegar, ginger, massage, turmeric, Epsom salt and cinnamon.

      http://www.jaipurarthritiscentre.com/

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      giovi64 lm 5 years ago

      Good info.

      Beautiful and interesting lens!

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      force-factor 5 years ago

      Good info, thanks. There are more natural solutions that are effective for painful inflamed joints than people realise.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent information to help those who are suffering with RA to offer natural remedies that will be helpful to them. Pain seems so often to be linked with adequate sleep and managing stress and you address that nicely here, as you say, its easier said than done but really are such a key to managing symptoms.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just got RA. It started in my feet, so, for 4 years I didn't know it was RA. Now it's in my ankles, knees, lower back, hips, wrists and beginning in my fingers. I don't have insurance and it's really spendy to see a doctor for every ache and pain, so finding something other than costly meds is what I am looking for.

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      mannasugar 6 years ago

      Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease where the Immune system attacks good cells....

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      lezjon247 6 years ago

      Now a days most people sought for remedy on RA , because of despair on the road of healing well with RA. People will just do anything as what their doctors say. They think that synthetic medicines is the answer for their RA. True, it gives you a fast relief when ti comes to the word pain and flare yet the what the doctors don't tell you is the bombarding side effects. Ulcer, liver and kidney imbalance circulation are the most popular umbrella effect on the negative side of the synthetic medicine. I personally believe holistic approach is the best and the safe way to feel the word relieve from RA.

      Studies show that wheatgrass juice has been proven over many years to benefit people in numerous ways: cleansing the lymph system, building the blood, restoring balance in the body, removing toxic metals from the cells, nourishing the liver and kidneys and restoring vitality. One ounce of wheatgrass juice has the vitamin and mineral equivalent of 2.2 pounds of fresh vegetables. It contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human maintenance, including the elusive B12. Many of the benefits of wheatgrass juice stem from the fact that it is a living food, which is a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and is approximately 70% crude chlorophyll

      Furthermore Alfalfa has a proven cholesterol lowering effect. Steroidal anti-inflammatory action is suggested by its content of plant steroids, and by some research that found an estrogenic effect on ruminants (grazing animals). Alfalfa has also been shown to possess antibacterial action against gram negative bacteria (such as Salmonella typhi), and it contains at least one protein with known antitumor activity.â

      This are just examples of organics that can help you with your RA. As for my family we love the taste of Midori Greens, it is not just palatable but it has help us in many ways especially for my brother you has RA. Here are the main ingredients of Midori Greens which are natural and have lots of health benefits:

      Ashitaba

      Matcha Green Tea

      Wildcrafted Wasabi

      Wheatgrass

      Barley grass

      Alfalfa

      Phytonutrient

      Chlorella

      Pytoplankton

      So for anyone out here looking for natural remedy I hope this help by the way, here's a $5 off coupon for Midori Greens at iHerb dot com : Ahi214

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There is no way that we can replace our own lives with anything that the modern world can offer, Our own ways as well as daily routines can simply be the channel of our own welfare in achieving towards a clean and healthy lives. The best that we can do is not to depend our every bodyâs inch to the medicines that are available in the market. Going green and natural with Fibromyalgia Pain Relief can be the saviour of our own lives

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      In my experience there is a little known cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis - it is called "Geopathic Stress"

      You can find more info in my "Sress Facts" lens

      Best wishes

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Great! Many people have RA and wants cheaper medications. This lens is very helpful to them. Natural way is safe.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great, great, great information about RA! I usually tell my mother to avoid staying out in the cold, and to take warm baths when her body was aching. But lately, I'm not sure if it is her arthritis acting up on her hips. She recently had a hip implant and we have just learned that there has been a DePuy Pinnacle Recall from Johnson and Johnson. It is the same kind if implant that she has. We have to look further into this.

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      mrkensworld 6 years ago

      Hi Carolan, great lens on RA with great information 5 stars :-) I have been amazed at the results people have with rheumatoid arthritis especially that consistently take Nopalea. Life changing results in many many people that I know. See a little more on my lens on Nopalea. Let me know what you think and it si worth a look for those suffering.

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      KokoTravel 7 years ago

      Nice... the idea is to make sure that you are doing everything possible to not aggravate the issue... great suggestions here.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I live on tuna and I get my greens from the juicer. But, before I forget, you can't smoke because it aggravates your condition!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Nicely done. Lots of useful information for RA sufferers here.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Hi Carol, I add this for you in http://www.squidoo.com/rocketmoms-healthy-living-g... under the Vitamin and Mineral plexo. Nice work! 5*