10+ rheumatoid arthritis relief home remedies

 

What is rheumatoid arthritis?*image

Rheumatoid arthritis is a severe inflammatory condition which affects more than just your joints. In some people it is limited to joints only. However, in some people it affects skin eyes lungs blood vessels and heart.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto immune disorder. Which means that the immune cells of the body attack the body cells mistakenly. It affects lining of the joints and causes painful swelling . This results in bone erosion and deformity of joints.

This disorder causes swelling and inflammation which can damage other parts of your body too. Although, there are many improved medications in the market , severe arthritis can lead to physical disability. This article gives information about rheumatoid arthritis relief home remedies.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:

These are some of the common symptoms of this disorder:

  • Stiffness of joints. It is worse in the morning and after long periods of inactivity
  • Tiredness
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tender joints
  • Swollen joints

In the early stages of the disorder , it affects the joints which are smaller . These include joints which join the fingers to hand and toes to feet.

However, there are approximately 40% cases who experience inflammation other than the joints.

It affects the following non joint organs:

  • Kidney
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Salivary gland
  • Bone marrow.
  • Nerve tissue.
  • Blood vessel
  • skin
  • eyes

Cause of rheumatoid arthritis:*image

This disorder is an auto immune condition. In Rheumatoid arthritis , the synovium is attacked by the immune system of the body. The synovium is present in the lining of the membrane that surround your joints. Hence, this leads to inflammation of the joints. Hence the synovium thickens and destroys the cartilage and bones in the joints.

The joints  weakens and stretches. Therefore, the joint becomes weak.

There is also a genetic factor involved in causing rheumatoid arthritis. These genes make you prone  to environment factors. Bacterial and viral infections can trigger  disorder.

Risk factors for triggering this disorder include:

  • Gender : women are more prone than men.
  • Age: it can occur in any age .However, it develops in middle age people.
  • Family History: If your close relative has rheumatoid arthritis, then you are likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Smoking
  • environmental factors: People exposed to asbestos or silica are in higher risk.
  • Obesity: If a person , younger than 55 is obese, he/she has more chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis relief home remedies:

Stretching and exercise:* image

Physiotherapy can help improve rheumatoid arthritis. when the muscles stretch around the joints provides some rheumatoid arthritis pain relief. In 2015 , research was conducted. it concluded that stretching can be added to conventional method of treatment. This will ensure better relief of rheumatoid arthritis.

Exercise:*image

Some low stress forms of exercise can affect the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis . This can reduce impact on joints and slow the progression of disorder.

Cycling and swimming is beneficial for treatment of RA as it strengthens the muscles.

Diet:*image

Inculcating vegan rich diets improve RA symptoms. These include , fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains , nuts and seeds .

 Herbs for relief of rheumatoid arthritis :

Aloe Vera :*image

Aloe Vera is available in many forms. It has many health benefits. Aloe Vera has healing properties when it comes to treating skin abrasions and sunburns.

It has the following benefits:

Anti inflammatory property

Aloe Vera has no negative gastrointestinal side effects that are present in pain killers.

You should take it orally to relieve pain caused in osteoarthritis. However , there are not enough studies to ensure these treatments.It is the best home remedy for rheumatoid arthritis.

Boswellia:*image

Boswellia is found in India . It is extensively used in alternative medicines. Studies have shown that Boswellia improves pain in the joints, stiffness of the joints and function in Osteoarthritis. It provides rheumatoid arthritis relief .

A safe dose of Boswellia is about 1 gm per day. Doses above 1 gm affect the liver.

Eucalyptus:*image

Eucalyptus extracts are used in topical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

It is used for arthritis in aromatherapy. It relieves pain. you should dilute eucalyptus oil with carrier oil.

Take 15 drops of oil and add it to 2 tbsp. of almond or another carrier oil. Check for allergy before use. You can do so by taking a small amount of oil on the fore hand . If allergy develops after 24 hrs., stop the use.

Ginger:* image

Ginger is  used in kitchen. However, it is strong in flavor, it has anti inflammatory properties. Ginger relieves pain in osteoarthritis , arthritis and in joints and muscles.

Researchers say that it can replace Pain killers in the future.

You can have ginger as ginger tea . Take 1-2 tsp of ginger and add it to 1 cup of boiling water. Drink this water for pain relief. You can also add ginger to savory sweets and baked food.

However, you should consult your doctor before increasing amount of ginger in the diet. It interacts with warfarin.

Thunder god vine :*image

Oriental medicine uses thunder god vine. It reduces inflammation and immune activity. This make sit suitable for treating immunological disorders.

It is used as a dietary supplement.  Thunder god vine is applied topically. It relieves pain in rheumatoid arthritis.

However, it has many problems such as: digestion issues, irregular periods.

 

Turmeric :*image

Turmeric is a flavoring agent .  every Indian household has turmeric in their kitchen . It has anti inflammatory properties. Hence, it  relieves inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.

You can have turmeric in the form of turmeric tea or turmeric milk. Take 1-2 tsps. of turmeric powder  and add it to one cup of boiling water . However for turmeric milk add turmeric to one cup hot milk.

Drink this concoction 2 times a day for relief.

Willow bark:*image

ancient medicine uses Willow bark for relieving pain. Hence it can also relive rheumatoid arthritis pain.

Although, the results are conflicting . It may not be good in some people. Its common side effects are:

  • Stomach upset
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • allergy in people who have aspirin allergy.
  • ulcers in the stomach.

You should consult a doctor before taking this  willow bark herb . This is because it interacts with blood thinners. Some people may also have allergy to Willow bark.

Yoga poses for rheumatoid arthritis:

Tree pose:*image

In this pose you should stand on one leg and bend the other leg in such a way that, the lower surface of the foot touches the inner thigh of the other leg. Keep your arms in Anjali mudra.

This pose strengthens and tones  the muscles  and joints of the leg.

Childs pose:*image

You have to sit in such a way that your toes touch the buttocks. Then bend over and touch your forehead on the floor. keep your hands straight, palms flat on the floor. This pose  relieves back pain and calms the mind.

Cow face pose:*image

this pose stretches the arms and shoulders and hips and joints too. This pose increases blood circulation to the knees and ankle. It lubricates the joints , relieves pain in the joints. you can sit in cross legged position.

Cat and cow pose:*image

Come to your hands and knees and move your spine up and down in cat and cow position. Place stress on the wrists. However, if you cannot place force on the wrists use blocks and place elbows on it.

Bridge pose:*image

In this pose , you have to lie on the floor with flat feet and keep knees pointing up. It is very beneficial for opening up the knees in arthritis. However, if you have any  type of neck pain avoid doing this pose.

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