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April 24, 2008 at 11:37 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Every year rheumatoid arthritis causes thousands of people in the United States frustration and uncomfortable symptoms like stiffness, pain, weakness, inflammation, loss of appetite, and fatigue.

RA sufferers are always seeking out new ways to improve their quality of life and many times end up being disappointed. Prescription medications work for some people, however they have cause negative side effects like heart problems, stomach problems, toxic side effects, and more. This has left many people wondering whether or not they are willing to trade off the risk of these side effects for short-term comfort.

What many people don't realize is that there are more natural ways to treat RA effectively without the side effects.

Facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term arthritic medical condition that affects the joints, tissue, muscles, and organs. Currently, the cause of RA is unknown, but it is considered to be an autoimmune disease.This means that the body attacks itself because it confuses healthy tissue and organs to be a foreign object or substance.

Some of the most common body parts affected by RA include the neck, feet, wrists, hands, elbows, fingers, and ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects people between the ages of 20 to 50. Studies show that women are actually two to three times more likely to suffer from RA.

Rheumatoid arthritis is suspected to be genetically linked. Studies show that someone that is a sibling of a sufferer or some how related to a sufferer does stand a higher chance of contracting RA. 

Natural Treatment and Remedies for RA

Many people are unaware of the natural ways to treat RA and the natural remedies available to them. Some of the more popular ways to treat RA naturally include: dietary changes, low impact exercises, relaxation, and natural supplements. There are some things that RA sufferers should not include in their diet, including caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, milk and milk products, and all polyunsaturated vegetable oils and products. Also, sufferers should be sure that they are getting plenty of foods containing omega-3 fatty acids and eating a diet that is low in protein and high in carbohydrates.

Low impact exercises programs like yoga are great way for RA sufferers to help control their symptoms. Yoga also helps sufferers relax and release stress. Some other ways to help people relax and release stress include meditation, self hypnosis, and natural supplements.

References:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000431.htm#Treatment

http://www.mamashealth.com/rheumatoid_arthritis.asp

http://www.podiatrychannel.com/rheumatoidarthritis/symptoms.shtml

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/natural-health

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