Experiencing joint pain in your wrists, hands, or feet? Morning stiffness? Has it been going on for six weeks or more, flaring up some days more than others? You might be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, a common ailment affecting 1.5 million Americans alone. Three times more common in women than men, and hard to determine its path based on family history, rheumatoid arthritis most often presents itself between the ages of 30 and 60.
If you’re suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, you know that it’s not just your joints that are affected. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause severe fatigue, fevers, weight loss, in addition to causing problems throughout your major organs. You may experience dry mouth, dry eyes, shortness of breath, damaged nerves, anemia, and small skin lumps, just to name a few.
So, how do you get relief? If you would prefer not to take medications or undergo surgery, there are natural home remedies that have some reported rates of success in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Want to know what’s so great about these methods, in addition to getting some relief from your symptoms? The products used in these natural remedies are very easy to find. The following seven treatments are the most common homeopathic remedies and have been found to have promising results in treating rheumatoid arthritis:
Which ones are the best and which ones are just so-so? We’ve researched them, tested them, and have the results below. Before we go in depth, let’s cover the basics.
So, what’s causing your joint pain? Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. When your immune system attacks the lining of the membrane surrounding your joints (synovium), inflammation occurs. The constant inflammation of the synovium thickens the membrane lining and wears away the cartilage and bone in your joints, causing the physical pain you experience.
The tricky thing about rheumatoid arthritis is that doctors are still unsure of what the underlying cause is. While genetics seems to be a causing factor, the funny thing is that the majority of people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis have no family history of it.
What are other risk factors that may increase your likelihood of experiencing rheumatoid arthritis?
* Your gender: Women are much more likely to suffer from this autoimmune disorder than men.
* Your weight: Overweight individuals are more prone to developing rheumatoid arthritis.
* Your smoking: If you smoke, you are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, and if you develop it, your symptoms may be more pronounced than those who do not smoke.
* Your age: Rheumatoid arthritis is more likely to hit you in middle age (40 to 60).
* Your environment: Certain environmental exposures have been found to elevate your risk of rheumatoid arthritis, including exposure to asbestos and silica.
Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers know the severity of the pain associated with stiff and sore joints. Some describe it as having sprained all the joints in their bodies at once. Couple that with fatigue, appetite loss, and feeling feverish – and you’re apt to feel downright lousy. And, unfortunately, some suffer from it for years and years. The most common signs and symptoms are:
* Swollen joints
* Tender joints
* Pain and stiffness in the joints, especially after periods of inactivity (e.g., in the morning)
* Extreme fatigue
* Weight loss
Even though rheumatoid arthritis is not life threatening, you will feel pretty miserable. And that’s no way to live your life. You’ll be searching for relief and relief that works.
More and more people are moving toward homeopathic treatments than relying on overpriced medications and surgeries – many of which individuals, especially those without insurance, cannot afford. Not only that, many people are becoming wary of putting so many chemicals in their bodies. It seems like everything we ingest nowadays is somehow engineered instead of natural. Perhaps returning to nature is a better alternative than the usual go-to treatments. We’ll discuss the use and effectiveness of seven natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis. And we’ll also share what our research has found as far as success rates go.
Proponents of cinnamon in alleviating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis contribute its healing powers to the anti-inflammatory qualities of cinnamon bark. In addition, cinnamon is noted to help with aches and pains. The problem? Cinnamon in large doses can be detrimental to your health. In addition, cinnamon is found to have potential harmful effects to pregnant women and may negatively react with blood thinning medications and those individuals susceptible to blood clotting.
The Verdict? Essentially, the major problem with cinnamon is the dosage. You’d need a high enough dose to counteract the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, but not so high that you harm your health. Results of our research show that there has been limited success in the use of cinnamon to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Getting the quantity right is just too cumbersome with this natural remedy.
2. Willow Bark
Willow bark, as the name quite literally says, is the bark off of willow trees. And this bark has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief. In fact, it has very similar qualities to everyday aspirin. The downside? The active ingredient in willow bark, a chemical called salicin, can be fatal in large doses, as it shuts down the kidneys. Fun fact of the day: salicin overdose is what killed Beethoven.
The Verdict? Research is 50/50 with willow bark. While it has shown to help reduce fevers, muscle aches, and stiff joints, getting the dosage right is, like cinnamon, is pretty tricky.
3. Black Pepper
It’s making me sneeze just thinking about it. But, black pepper has long been known to aid in pain and swelling. You may have heard of capsaicin? Well, that’s the key ingredient in black pepper that’s thought to give rheumatoid arthritis relief. Capsaicin appears in many over the counter creams and lotions – most often associated with anti-inflammatory medications.
The Verdict? Our studies have shown some positive effects of black pepper in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Though, as with most creams and lotions, the relief is only temporary.
4. Green Tea
The polyphenols in green tea are known for their joint-protecting and anti-inflammatory properties. But, it’s not just the polyphenols that are thought to help out rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. It’s really the antioxidants found in the polyphenols that are thought to suppress the immune system.
The Verdict? True, green tea has shown positive effects on inflammation and immune system disorders, but the vast majority of the evidence has been shown in animal studies. We’ll hold out for more concrete results on humans. In the meantime, enjoy a cup of green tea – it won’t hurt anything. Though, we’re not yet convinced you are able to drink enough of it to get adequate rheumatoid arthritis relief.
Garlic is a tasty addition to many meals. And a potential source of relief for rheumatoid arthritis as an anti-inflammatory agent. What’s thought to aid relief when bringing garlic into the picture? Garlic helps to suppress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines – and if inflammation is prevented, the occurrence of arthritic joints will be reduced.
The Verdict? Once cooked, garlic loses most of its punch. And, let’s face it, how many people do you know that go around eating a bunch of raw garlic?
Ginger has been known to be helpful for a lot of things. Especially nausea. What’s the one thing your mom whipped out when you were feeling sick to your stomach when you were little? Ginger ale. Go figure. It’s also been shown to help alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women and it’s noted to have anti-inflammatory qualities to alleviate arthritis symptoms.
The Verdict? As with most of these home remedies – the quantity is what’s going to be holding you back from true relief.
Eh. It’s hard to eat enough ginger, green tea, black pepper, etc. to truly alleviate your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in the most optimal way. By the time you ate enough cinnamon, or any of the other herbs and spices mentioned above, stiff joints might not be your only problem anymore. So, what does work the best?
7. Lab Grade Turmeric + Lab Grade Boswellia Serrata
The combination of these trusted remedies is a ONE-TWO PUNCH
You’ve probably used turmeric while cooking before – it’s a yellow spice that most people associate with curry dishes. Know what it reminds rheumatoid arthritis sufferers of? Relief. It’s true that turmeric is another anti-inflammatory agent. But, what makes this remedy a little different is that you’re not just ingesting turmeric. It’s the lab grade organic turmeric CO2 extraction that is the key player here. We’re talking the extraction of pure turmeric into a pill or oil form. Know what’s great about this? You don’t have to worry about the dosage of eating a bunch of curry. You can take a pill or rub some oil that has the most optimal dose to relieve you of your rheumatoid arthritis pain. In its un-extracted form, we’re talking about the spice, the herb. The same thing you flavor your dishes with. And, truthfully, in this capacity, it probably has similar effectiveness to the other six natural remedies mentioned above. With CO2 extraction though, you’re extracting the most pure form of turmeric (i.e., no fillers), to aid in your relief.
What’s the benefit of extraction? It preserves the valuable antioxidants found in the turmeric. And CO2 offers a clean form of extraction, free from solvents. In this method, there are no additives, no fillers, and no artificial ingredients. Except if you want a natural additive with will optimize your rheumatoid arthritis relief two-fold: boswellia serrata.
Boswellia Serrata is the plant that produces frankincense, with the most useful parts found in the resin or sap from the plant. The resin of frankincense is an anti-inflammatory agent. And when you combine lab grade organic turmeric extracted through CO2 methods with bosellia serrata, you’re giving your rheumatoid arthritis a one-two punch in the way of relief.
The Verdict? Lab grade organic turmeric, combined with Boswellia Serrata is a magical combination when you are suffering from an inflammatory disease. Why? Both of these are shown to drastically reduce inflammation and serve as an active painkiller. In fact, in addition to rheumatoid arthritis, this combo has also been found give significant relief to those who suffer from osteoporosis, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Lab-grade organic turmeric coupled with boswellia serrata. You’re not having to ingest large doses of a food or drink to find relief. As your relief is found in oil or pill form. And what a relief it is. Lab-grade, extracted organic turmeric, is a natural antioxidant, and Boswellia interferes with the autoimmune process. A one-two punch to knocking out rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and finding the relief you’ve been looking for. That’s a remedy we stand behind.