RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, auto-immune, inflammatory condition that primarily affects the small joints of the hands, and feet. Over time symptoms influence the wrists, ankles, elbows, knees, and shoulders. In most cases, symptoms occur in the same joints on both sides of your body.

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the synovial membrane. The result of this attack is a painful swelling that can eventually destroy the cartilage and the bone. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause joints deformation and shifting out of place.

RA can cause inflammation to other organs of the body, such as the membrane around the heart, the whites of the eye, the blood vessels and the membranes of the lung.

Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by periods of flares and remissions. It can onset at any age. It usually begins around 40 years and is mostly a women disease.

While rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, patients may experience long periods without symptoms.

Rheumatoid arthritis has no cure. Treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and preventing joint damage.

 

Causes

Rheumatoid arthritis is a multi-factorial disorder. Its cause is unclear.

Possible factors for developing RA according to researchers are:

  • Genetic background (heredity)
  • Smoking
  • Microbes in the bowels
  • Exposure to silica mineral
  • Chronic periodontal disorder
  • Poor diet
  • Drinking a lot of coffee
  • Low temperature
  • High humidity

 

Symptoms

  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen joints
  • Fatigue, weight loss
  • Fever
  • Tender joints
  • Loss of joint function
  • Joint stiffness (in the morning)
  • Joint thickening
  • Rheumatoid nodules
  • Joint warmth
  • Joint deformity.

 

 

Recommendations

  • Eat cold-water fish (not fried) twice a week. Sardines, salmon, herring are sources of omega-3 fatty acids that reduce symptoms of RA.
  • Take zinc daily.
  • Consult your doctor about the value of niacinamide ( vitamin B3)
  • Take hot bath 3 times per day, especially in the morning. It helps you relieve from morning stiffness.

 

 

Beneficial Herbs 

Herb

Form

Benefits

Boswellia

Boswellin

Relieves pain in same manner as celecoxib

Bromelain and turmeric

Tablets

Blocks formation of kinins. Relieves pain, anti-inflammatory

Bupleurum

Solid-extract capsules

Enhances effectiveness of cortisone and prednisone treatment.

Cat’s claw

Capsules

Helps relieve pain

Cayenne

Capsaicin cream

Cause temporary skin pain that counteracts joint pain

Feverfew

Freeze-dried leaf in capsules.

Relieves fever in joints and reduces pain.

Ginger

20 percent gingerol and shagaol tablets.

Stops production of inflammatory chemicals.