The Best Natural Treatments For Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Brett Wolf

Living with rheumatoid arthritis comes with a number of side effects including joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of mobility. There is no cure for the disorder, but it is common for people to use natural remedies to deal with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and help slow its progression. 

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For more real-life stories of how people beat life-threatening conditions by turning to alternative treatments, check out Desperate For A Miracle, Wednesdays at 8PM. 

Natural Treatments For Rheumatoid Arthritis


Rest and Relaxation


Getting enough sleep is crucial for everyone, but even more so for those who suffer from RA. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep at night. If you can't, try to squeeze in a nap during the afternoon. If stress and pain are getting in the way of sleep, mind-and-body therapies can help you mellow out. Guided imagery, breathing exercises, muscle relaxation techniques, and meditation can all help put your mind and body at ease. 

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Exercise


Daily exercise is a great way to fight off fatigue, increase joint range of motion, and strengthen those upset muscles. Try some low-impact choices like gentle stretching, walking, and swimming. Maybe join a water aerobics class if you have the time. It is important to avoid high-impact activities and to rest when joints are tender or highly inflamed. One of the best exercises for rheumatoid arthritis is Tai Chi. This slow and gentle martial art is easy on the joints, and improves strength and flexibility.

Heat and Cold


Doctors say that hot and cold treatments can each ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in their own ways. On one hand, the cold can curb joint swelling and inflammation—apply an ice pack to the affected area during a flare-up, but make sure not to overdo it. On the other hand, heat is good for relaxing muscles and spurring blood flow—apply a moist heating pad or a warm towel to sore areas. 

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Magnets


Magnet therapies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they can be found at most natural food stores. The most common kinds are bracelets, necklaces, inserts, pads, and disks, all of which are designed to provide some joint pain relief. While magnet therapies are generally used for those who suffer from osteoarthritis, they have been proven helpful in some cases of rheumatoid arthritis. 

Supplements


Some studies have shown that using fish oil supplements can help reduce morning stiffness with rheumatoid arthritis. The Omega-3s prevent inflammation and help protect against heart disease. Fish oil is a safe product when used correctly, so make sure to consult a doctor before using and don’t take more than three grams a day, because it can cause bleeding. Just like fish oil, plant oils are also known to reduce pain and help with morning stiffness. 

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Healthy Diet


This one is pretty easy. Stick to a healthier diet plan to help keep your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms from getting out of control. Try starting a plant-based diet or eating more food with vitamins and nutrients. Stay away from the fatty, greasy foods which lead to heart disease and leave you feeling overly full and fatigued.



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