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