Rheumatoid arthritis is rare disease which is happening in only one percent of the population. This is anti-immune disease which is caused when tissues which surround and cushion the joints are attacked by the body’s own immune system. This is resulting with form scar tissue and deterioration of the cartilage, bone and ligaments around the joints. It is painful disease which it is not treated; it will destroy your health. This disease can affect on any age, but mostly is diagnosed on people between 30 and 50. In some cases are not known the factors which are causing the rheumatoid arthritis. But many medicine experts believe that this disease can be caused by family history. This means that someone from your family is having or had rheumatoid arthritis. When it is in early stage is often difficult to diagnose it. If you are having rheumatoid arthritis you can feel warm, painful and swollen joints; occasional fever or fatigue; the small joints in your body are affected (feet, toes, hands, fingers, ankles and elbows). When rheumatoid arthritis is developing your joints will be deformed and you might feel difficulties in your moving. There are many medicines for treating rheumatoid arthritis. But we recommend you to start using natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis because the nature is powerful and you will have benefits also on your health.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – Home Remedies and Natural cures
Plant oils: The seeds of black currant, primrose and borage are containing type of fatty acid which is helping to relieve you from the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and relieving from morning stiffness. There also can be negative effects if you are not consuming these oils in the right amount. Here are included gas, nausea and diarrhea. Before start using these oils you should consult with your doctor because some types of oil can cause you liver damage.
Omega-3 fatty acid: Omega-3 fatty acid is found in the fish oil. We all know that fish oil is coming from coldwater fish such as tuna and salmon. Fish oil is improving the inflammatory diseases. If you use this oil, then you will feel decreased pain and morning joint stiffness. But if you are taking the fish oil in combination with other medicines, then you are putting your health on risk. This combination can be reason for bleeding. Also it can cause you high pressure. If you are not using omega-3 fatty acid in the amount which should be told by your doctor, then you can feel gas, bloating and diarrhea. It is always a good idea for you to know the right fish oil product because in the market there are many types of fish oils. Medicine experts recommend not to use fish oil products that smell so fishy and not to use freezing capsules. They are the reason for negative effects using these products. You should always look for fish oil products that contain mercury-free fish oil.
Borage oil: If you have swollen and tender joints, then you should use borage oil. This oil is reducing the tender and swollen joints. Borage oil is good to relief you from the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. There are also negative effects of this oil, if you are not using as your doctor said. Some of the negative effects are bloating increased risk for bleeding (especially for people which are using medicines) and upset stomach.
Andrographis paniculata: This is native Asian plant. It is better known for its name King of Bitters. It is used in Chinese medicine as early as 260 BC. King of Bitters has antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Andrographis paniculata has been used in traditional medicine for fevers, infectious diseases, respiratory infections and rheumatoid arthritis. Also this plant is used to treat HIV, inflammation, cold & flu and cancer. One research has shown that when this plant is taken orally three times a day over 14 week can improve swollen joints and mobility.
Bromelain: Bromelain is also known as Ananas comosus. This is tropical pineapple plant. It contains active enzyme bromelain. It has been so many decades in Central and South America to treat rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation and indigestion. Bromelain is improving the health and also is reducing the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
Boswellia: Boswellia serrata or boswellia contains anti-inflammatory properties. This plant is native to India and Pakistan. Also it is known as Indian frankincense. Acids which are contained in the boswellia serrata are interfering the leukotrienes which are causing the inflammation in the body. This plant is available in capsule form or as a tropical cream. Many studies have shown that this plant is improving the organism which is affected with rheumatoid arthritis.
Cayenne Pepper: This plant is used with decades to treat digestive aid, but in these days it is more used to treat the pain. Cayenne pepper contains active substances which are called capasaicin. If you apply tropical creams of cayenne pepper, then you will feel temporarily relieving from pain and minor aches which are associated with rheumatoid arthritis. This is confirmed from many studies which were done from famous medicine centers. One of these studies has shown that this plant is good for mild pain relief.
Calcium: We all know that calcium is worldwide used for bone disease. Many of the medicines which are used for rheumatoid arthritis can cause you bone loss, pain and inactivity from inflammation which in the future will result with bone disease. If your diet is rich with calcium, then your bones will be healthier and you will be protected from bone diseases in the future. Rheumatoid arthritis diet should include: green and leafy vegetables, calcium-fortified beverages and low-fat dairy products. Institutes for health are recommending 1000 mg supplement for adults under 50 and for women over 50 and men over 70 – 1200 mgs.
Chamomile: This is ancient herbal remedy which is used to treat insomnia, inflammation, rheumatic pain and gastrointestinal disorders. Chamomile contains spiroether which is helping to ease sore muscles and joint pants. This plant also promotes sleep and relaxes tension. Chamomile can be used in many different ways, for example herbal tea and essential oils. When is used as a tea, chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and also sedative effects. If chamomile is taken internally, it can be effective at healing sore or irritated skin. There are many cases which have shown that using chamomile for rheumatoid arthritis has good results.
Ginger: Ginger is one of the most used plants worldwide for many types of diseases, such as hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, digestive disorders, colds, migraines and nausea. The fresh root is available in the stores. Also the fresh root can be used as tea. If you do not want to drink ginger tea, then you will find ginger in supplement form. It has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which are helping to relief the body from the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. One study has shown that patients who had taken ginger in supplement form twice per day for three months said that they feel improved joint functionality and pain relief.
Cat’s Claw: Cat’s claw is growing in South American rainforest. This herb has been used for over 2000 years in medicine. It has anti-inflammatory properties which are effective for relieving joint pain, swelling and morning stiffness. This plant has few side effects, with digestive upset at the first place.
Celery seed: This plant has been used for thousands of years to treat rheumatoid arthritis, cold, digestion, liver and spleen. This herbal remedy is used as a diuretic in these days. Some studies have shown side effects such as lowering the blood pressure and cholesterol.
Devil’s Claw: This plant is native to Kalahari Desert. The root from devil’s claw has been used for centuries in traditional African medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis, infections and digestive disorders. Root extracts are containing iridoid glycoside which is good for treating rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis and OA. There are minimal side effects from this plant.
Rosemary: Rosemary has been used as a food spice and fragrance in cosmetics. This plant is used in medicine for treating indigestion, relieving muscle pain and improving the memory. Antioxidant properties which are contained in the rosemary are helping to reduce muscle pain. Rosemary can be used as topical application and capsule supplements. Experts recommend not to use more than four to six grams daily.