Rheumatoid Arthritis, Relief, but No Cure – Remedies both Chemical and Natural

Posted on June 3, 2013 · Posted in General

Millions of people around the world suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and are in a constant battle of trying to find something to relieve the loss of mobility, the weakness, the swelling and damage to their joints, and in the end – deformed and extremely painful joints.  There are specific signs and symptoms that people should notice when it’s in the early stages, as well as natural remedies and pharmaceutical prescriptions that can help.  Rheumatoid arthritis is believed to be an autoimmune disease that is chronic and has no cure; for many, the symptoms tend to go into “dormant” phases between “flare-ups”, and some even enjoy a longer “remission” where they have no pain or symptoms whatsoever.  Unfortunately, over time, this debilitating disease only gets worse.

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Relief, but No Cure - Remedies both Chemical and Natural

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Patients experience a range of symptoms that includes inflammation, pain in the joints, and swelling.  For some patients their range of motion in specific joints diminishes and the joint may even feel warm. For some unexplained reason, rheumatoid arthritis tends to be symmetrical for the majority of patients, for example if the left shoulder is affected, then generally the right shoulder is as well.  This symptom tends to make patients more exhausted, and sometimes the constant pain and discomfort leads the patients to lose their appetite and become anemic and fatigued.  Others still may have a low-grade fever for no “obvious” reason before the onset of the swelling and inflammation in the joints.

Results of rheumatoid arthritis

Because this disease causes joints to be damaged, it also affects the ligaments, tendons and cartilage that surround the joints; and in severe cases it erodes the bones of the affected joints as well.  The joints become deformed – as seen with many people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis in their hands – and the ensuing disability is life changing; patients can no longer do the simplest of daily tasks such as buttoning a button, or picking up a glass of orange juice.

Remedies both Chemical and Natural

The ongoing research in to rheumatoid arthritis has been more targeted to finding relief and offering treatment to relieve pain, rather than finding a “cure”.  In order to find a cure, researchers need to determine how it started, but currently there is no answer.

There are many treatments that physicians prescribe that include the following:

  • Analgesics – These over-the-counter medications simply relieve the pain, such as acetaminophen, codeine, and hydrocodone.  Unfortunately, these have bad side effects.
  • Biologics – These can help slow the joint damage; however, they work by inhibiting the immune system from attacking the joints.  Unfortunately, because they lower the immune system, the body is conducive to more disease and illness.
  • Corticosteroids – These prescription drugs help relieve inflammation and sometimes the more severe symptoms, but they can only be used for a short time.
  • DMARDS – These are prescription disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, such as methotrexate that help to relieve the inflammation and pain, but have great side effects, and take a long time to work.
  • NSAIDS – These are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprophen or aspirin that only relieve the inflammation and pain at the joints.  They don’t stop the progression of the disease.

There are a lot of people who have found the natural remedies to be more effective and produce fewer side effects.   Some of these include:

  • Ashwangandha Extract – An herb that nourishes the nervous system and has some of the best anti-inflammatory and healing properties for rheumatoid arthritis and helps to strengthen the immune system without stimulation or steroidal effects.
  • Devils Claw – A South African native plant that has been used for thousands of years to treat arthritis, and many other diseases of the organs and is more effective than pharmaceutical remedies, and without the side effects.
  • Gamma-Linolenic Acid – Found in Black Currant Seed Oil, Evening Primrose oil, and Borage oil which have found to improve the pain and inflammation symptoms, particularly when used with Omega-3 Fatty acids.
  • Boswellia – An herb from a tree found in India that blocks the chemical reactions in the body that are associated with arthritis’ inflammation, and it doesn’t irritate the digestive track like many other pain relievers.
  • Oregano and Rosmarinic acid – Both are anti-inflammatory and help reduce the pain, and they contain antioxidants.

Relief, but No Cure

Currently, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis; however, researchers are working every day all over the world to find the trigger that starts this disease.  There are many ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines that have been used for thousands of years, and have great healing properties, that still need to be studied.Natural memory enhancer