Natural Arthritis Remedies

7 Natural Ways to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is often a frustrating disease. It can have all the bewildering symptoms of an autoimmune disease, as well as the ups and downs of a chronic pain condition.

Luckily, even on bad days there are steps you can take to help counter your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and get back to your normal life. Here are seven things to try:

1. Schedule a massage with a licensed therapist.

Massage therapists offer a range of modalities that can help with rheumatoid arthritis -- everything from drool-inducing Swedish massage to intense deep tissue massage. Sessions can often be cheaper than physical therapy (though they aren't often covered by insurance) and can help reduce muscle and joint pain. Make sure to check with your doctor before starting massage therapy, and be up-front with your massage therapist about your condition and any pain you experience during or after therapy.

2. Try an acupuncture series.

A trained acupuncturist will insert tiny needles into various places around your affected joints and elsewhere on your body. In traditional Chinese medicine, it's thought that these little jabs can help regulate your body's chi, or energy, and help correct imbalances that lead to pain and disease. Although Western research studies have been unable to prove that acupuncture works well for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, some people do report relief.

3. Find a low-impact sport.

High-impact sports, like running or basketball, can put a lot of strain on your already inflamed joints. Instead, give your knees and ankles a break by taking up walking, swimming, biking, yoga, or tai chi. You'll be able to keep your heart healthy with cardio work while keeping your joints happy with gentle movement and stretching.

Over the long term, exercise can help you maintain range of motion in your joints, keep your muscles strong, and generally stay fit. And in the short run, moving around has been shown to increase endorphins, those happy hormones that fight pain and boost mood.

4. Take a nap.

One key to managing your rheumatoid arthritis is maintaining a careful balance between exercise and rest. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause fatigue along with pain, so it's important to listen to your body and take breaks when necessary. Even a short rest might help you bounce back better from a workout or a long morning of work or errands.

5. Avoid inflammatory foods.

While there's no definitive evidence linking rheumatoid arthritis symptoms to certain foods, some people feel better when they eliminate common problem foods, including wheat, dairy, or soy, from their diet. Processed foods, sugar, caffeine, and high-fructose corn syrup are also inflammatory foods you can try eliminating.

And, of course, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains has been shown to boost overall health.

6. Get more omega-3s.

Both fish and plant oils, with their omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, have been shown to reduce inflammation and provide some modest relief to people with rheumatoid arthritis, but finding the right dose can be a problem.

As usual, talk to your doctor before starting any supplements to make sure they won't interfere with the medications you're already on (fish oil can interact with blood pressure drugs and blood thinners, and primrose oil can mess with psychiatric drugs) or cause scary side effects, such as increased bleeding (borage seed and primrose oil) and worsened liver function (borage seed oil).

7. Try mind-body pain management techniques.

It might sound way out there, but it's backed up by scientific studies: Some people with rheumatoid arthritis find techniques such as biofeedback, hypnosis, meditation, and prayer helpful in coping with their pain and anxiety. If clearing your mind seems a little difficult amid all the pain and stress of rheumatoid arthritis, you can get guided imagery or mindfulness meditation CDs, join a relaxation or yoga class, or work with a trained therapist.

Or focus on gratitude: Some people find it easier to cope with the stress and pain of their own illness when they make an effort to think about all the things that are going right in their lives.


over 2 years ago, said...

I read both articles, Natural Arthritis Remedies and Pain Medicines but neither contained anything I didn't know about or already try other than Acupuncture which I plan to try next! Physical Therapy with a good therapist has always worked for me, but last fall a new therapist injured me and then didn't follow my doctors orders and I changed therapists. Medicare wont pay for any more therapy and my doctor suggested injections in my knee joint but I don't like what I've heard about these injections. Also the doctor is a 40 minute drive away ( plus the time to find a parking space) so I think I will try acupuncture next. Right now I am doing Chair-yoga once a week for 1 hour.


over 2 years ago, said...

I just started getting a lot of arthritis in my knee this winter than a really bad cold winter and I've been trying to deal with it I'm trying to take more healthy natural herbs and stuff like fish oil and turmeric and I'm trying to get into healthy way of doing things so I feel better


almost 3 years ago, said...

I just got a call from my doctor telling me my pain is from back arthritis. Before i read this article i called my cousin. Everything she and I spoke of was mentioned in this article. I told her "I'm too young for this and I need to make a change today". This article was confirmation and I am Thankful for the information given. Be Blessed and continue to Trust God!


almost 3 years ago, said...

Good Article !!!


about 3 years ago, said...

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over 3 years ago, said...

Useful information


over 4 years ago, said...

I have pains pulling in my legs and unable to get good night sleep. I did not have any injuries. I m 62 years old and of good health. Is Tumeric something I could benefit from, if so how is it used if not added to cooking. I have had some Tumeric coupsels but did not seem to help. I would like to know if I can take it strait with water.What are daily directions on how to use it. Thank you,Biba


over 4 years ago, said...

This information is just great. I am tired of pains & taking meds. for everything even incontinence. I don't like the idea of the after-effect. I am happy I found this site.


over 4 years ago, said...

This is great!! I have so much pain in & always trying to find remedies for the pains in my joints. I am constantly in pain most of the time lately. Knowing there are herbs & other options is great. I know acpuncture is also good. Medicine is so costly & I don't want to always want to take so much.


over 4 years ago, said...

This article is great!!!!!! thank you so much. I have RA in my righ sholder, hand and left knee. so far i am doing good with out taking medi. but I need to know what type of foods to avoid that causes inflammation. I am schedule to see the specialist, I definitely won't take any medication i don't like to toxic my body I am a strong person that can take pain and deal with in a natural way. thanks again.


over 4 years ago, said...

Great to know about new studies. Nature helps a lot, everything is there.


over 4 years ago, said...

I suffered with the pain for years. Doctors said I had RA as a teen. Two things have helped me int he past 5 years unbelievably. There was a time my knees hurt so bad sleep was something at night that was only a few minutes at a time. My brothers wife's mother told me about she used magnets. I thought ...sure. This was 20 years ago...and one night I woke up and the pain hurt so bad I taped every magnet on the refridge to my knees. It eased it some. So I did buy some and it helped the pain to wear it was hardly any. It also works on gout as I have given out many over the years and all say they work. Now the best thing I have found is green teas pills. NOT the drink it diluted. But the pills. Now in my mid 50s only when I forget to keep the pills going I have pain. Sure I have some aches and pains but that is age. The hurt and severe pain has been gone for 5 years. A few months ago I forgot to get them and I went 2 weeks without my pills and I remembered the pain I use to have. It hurt to walk, it hurt to lay down and every joint hurt. I can not promise this works for everyone but thankfully it has me. The doctors said when I was in my early 30s I would have to have my knees replaces in a couple years. So far the pain is so much better. Only before it rains do they hurt and I don't think anything can cure old age. ;) Just remember it takes a few weeks on the pills to build up. Also I am not a doctor and please advise your doctor about what you are doing.


over 4 years ago, said...

Great information.


over 4 years ago, said...

"Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is often a frustrating disease. It CAN have all the bewildering symptoms of an autoimmune disease". I would just like to point out that Rheumatoid Arthritis IS an autoimmune disease!!!!


over 4 years ago, said...

I like hearing how you all fight back instead of giving in. Keep up the good work and keep pressing forward. Remember God loves you every day. He will never leave you and He will never forsake you.


over 4 years ago, said...

I really try to avoid sugar,but sometimes it's hard to resist!Not very often.I've lost 35 lbs.So I don't want to completely,starve on no sweets.


over 4 years ago, said...

You know Dr. A. V. Constantini, M.D. with the World Health Organization says that RA is caused by a fungal infection. He gives seminars where he challenges doctors to explain how your body makes uric acid. He states emphatically that your body does not produce uric acid and that it is produced by fungi. Dr. Constantini's book "Fungalbionics" is expensive but worth every penny. He says that the reason we had 5 autoimmune diseases in the 1960's and we have 95 now is because they are fungal related and Clinical Mycology is not taught in medical schools anymore so doctors do not know how to effectively treat these illnesses. They instead provide medications that mask symptoms while the illnesses get worse. Dr. Constantini stated that, "Fungal infections are the most overlooked medical problem in the world." Quite a bold and confident statement! The diet on my web site will begin starving any pathogen including fungi. It is free. Just visit the site and read the diet. It essentially eliminates sugar and anything that converts to sugar in only a few biochemical steps like anything made from grains and any simple carbohydrates like potatoes and white rice. It is all healthy food so it cannot hurt you. I would certainly try it before taking more medications but that's just me. You have to make your own decision. If the diet doesn't help then all you have done is eat extra healthy for a few weeks.


over 4 years ago, said...

The whole article was very helpful, about what foods to avoid and what kind of exercises to do was very good. THANK-YOU


over 4 years ago, said...

My husband has RA -- while we have a good balance of napping and excersize down, i really didn't think to focus on certain foods that caused inflamation. Thanks!


over 4 years ago, said...

These are all good suggestions which I've tried and are effective. Definitely removing gluten and dairy from my diet have completely done away with inflammation. I still have stiffness, but exercise is very helpful.