Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

A natural approach

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

A natural approach

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory condition classified as an autoimmune disease. It is caused by the immune system attacking the cells lining our joints which then become tender, warm, swollen and painful. There are often periods of remission followed by flare-ups. Other symptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss

But these symptoms do not always occur together.

Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose as there are other illnesses which have similar symptoms. Blood tests are done and can reveal inflammations levels in the body; one test measures levels of ‘rheumatoid factors’ - which are proteins produced by the immune system when healthy tissue is attacked. Scans are also useful to differentiate the type of joint damage – which can be wear, injury or the swollen joint that is typical in RA.

It is important to reduce the flare-ups so permanent damage is not caused to the joints. RA can be a long term condition causing pain and mobility issues. There are other complications including inflammation to the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels and eyes. The triggers are complex and you are more at risk if you are female, there is a family history or if you smoke.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment with pharmaceutical medications include steroids, NSAIDs and Methotrexate. Other treatments are surgery to repair joints which includes repairs to the inflamed lining of the joint, tendon repairs, joint fusion and joint replacement. Physiotherapy can help mobility but does not treat the underlying causes.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment with natural plant medicine and supplements can help manage the underlying causes – alongside dietary changes. These treatments can calm the immune response, reduce inflammation and help alleviate the stress this conditions causes.

References

Overview of Rheumatoid arthritis 2 (accessed 22nd November 2022)

Overview of Rheumatoid arthritis (accessed 22nd November 2022)

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