Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the joints which affects millions of Americans – mostly women --- all across the country. The pain, joint stiffness and decreased mobility can make jobs, housework, childrearing and other aspects of daily life extremely challenging to manage. Also, if left untreated, R.A. can cause permeant damage to the joints. However, the good news is that R.A. patients wanting to deal with their condition naturally can find relief from many different treatments. The best are discussed below.
Natural Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
The great news is that people who are wanting to treat their R.A. naturally have a whole array of spice- or herb-based remedies to choose from. Although the mechanism varies from treatment to the next, the emphasis here is most on reducing the inflammation that causes the characteristic pain, joint stiffness, swelling and decreased mobility that make this condition so hard to live with. The best herbs and spices for rheumatoid arthritis include:
Garlic has been used since the time of the Egyptians to treat a variety of ailments, so it should come as no surprise that this super-herb should be good for R.A.! Compounds in garlic – such as allicin – are able to reduce inflammation by blocking the action of cytokines, substances in the body which can actually cause inflammation to get worse. It should be consumed fresh in order to be effective, however.
Green tea is rich in catechins such as EGCG, plant-based compounds that have been shown to reduce the body’s inflammatory response. Also, its strong antioxidant properties can help nourish and support the health of the joints.
Ongoing research all over the world continues to uncover the amazing medicinal properties of this spice. Most people know that it is being widely used to help diabetics control their blood sugars – but it is great for chronic inflammatory conditions like R.A. as well. One study in 2013 showed the regular use of cinnamon extract supplements reduced inflammation and decreased the chances of joint damage.
Many naturopaths prescribe ginger supplements for their R.A patients due to its active compounds called gingerols. Gingerols have strong anti-inflammatory properties and can also help protect against the joint damage which is a hallmark of this condition if left untreated.
This Indian herb is not as well known in the West as other Asian spices like turmeric, but it is still an excellent remedy for R.A. patients to consider. This plant is rich in boswellic acids, compounds which several clinical studies in India have shown to block the inflammatory process.
Probably the best-known of the Indian spices, turmeric has been the subject of literally thousands of medical studies for its ability to improve everything from Alzheimer’s to diabetes to cancer. And – not surprisingly – its potent anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice for R.A. patients to help relieve the pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints – especially in the morning.
This South African plant gets its name from the strange barbs on its fruit – but it is the root of the plant that is so incredibly rich in harpogosides, bioactive compounds with strong anti-inflammatory properties.