- 1 Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Methods – What Are They?
Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Methods – What Are They?
The following methods are a combination of tried and tested tips used by thousands of RA sufferers to relieve their condition using natural rheumatoid arthritis treatment.
Fasting and Its Benefits
Fasting should only be undertaken with your doctor’s approval.
Fasting is a proven natural remedy, which dates back thousands of years, while not for everyone, fasting has more than proved itself through the ages.
Known for its detoxification and cleansing properties fasting is considered by some as one of the greatest natural healing therapies available to us.
Today more than ever our poor diet and environmental pollutants contribute to our poor health. The human body is today full of harmful toxins, organs, blood, even our bones. Getting rid of these toxins should be a priority for all of us; unfortunately this is not always so easy to do.
Detoxification through fasting is known to have dramatic effects on many medical problems. Fasting when done properly will remove the harmful toxins from the body.
A simple fasting method may consist of consuming only filtered or mineral water, for two days. Over the two days you would drink around two litres of water a day.
On the third day you would eat fruit, and drink water, on day four you would just eat little portions of solid food (about half what you would normally eat at a sitting), but more often, with plenty of water.
Day five, return to normal eating habit.
There are lots of places to read up on different fasting procedures.
Herbs, spices, & roots
Herbs and spices have been used to treat various diseases and ailments for thousands of years, both herbs and spices are excellent antioxidants with many contain excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
Listed below are some of the best herbs and spices known to help arthritics. It may be helpful to try to incorporate some of these herbs into your everyday life. Herbs and spices should where possible be used in their natural form & taken as a tea, or added to food.
The following herbs & spices are listed in order of their superior properties when used for natural rheumatoid arthritis treatment.
Some herbs and spices are known to interfere with certain prescribed medications; it is therefore always wise to consult with your doctor or a professional, before introducing any of the following herbs into your diet.
Has long been used to treat arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory property.
Devil’s Claw is native to parts of South Africa, where it is thought to have been used to treat arthritis for centuries, two active ingredients called Harpagoside and Beta sitosterol are found in devils claw which are thought to posses excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
Devil’s Claw is claimed to be beneficial for treating arthritis, rheumatism, arthritis and diseases of the liver, kidneys, gallbladder and bladder,
Cats claw has been used for over 2000 years by the indigenous peoples of South and Central America to treat rheumatic disorders. Ingredients appear to act as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer agents. Cats claw is found in the tropical jungles of South and Central America.
Research has also indicated cats claw may help in the treatment of intestinal ailments such as Crohn’s disease, gastric ulcers and tumours, parasites, colitis, gastritis, diverticulitis and leaky bowel syndrome.
Known to support the body’s immune system. Used for treating: arthritis, backache, heart disease, ulcers, indigestion, pain, psoriasis, and shingles.
Use caution when introducing cayenne pepper into your diet, although it is known to benefit many arthritics, in some cases it may actually trigger symptoms.
Can kill intestinal parasites and act as an anti-microbial agent against fungi and bacteria.
Helps relieve pain, digestive problems, and anti-fungal, antibacterial problems.
Chewing a clove once a day may be beneficial to arthritics.
Known to contain a powerful detoxifier.
Commonly used as a diuretic, & to reduce inflammation, treat rheumatism & arthritis, clear toxins in the body, inhibit tumour growth, & combat urinary tract problems.
Licorice (root) Contains phytoestrogens. Used to treat ulcers & known to have anti-viral, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory properties.
Do not use licorice (root) if you have high blood pressure as large doses or prolonged use may increase blood pressure.
Do not use if you retain water easily.
Vitamins For Arthritis
I must admit to not being a big fan of capsule type supplements. Supplements in pill form may not be what they seem, even the good ones contain fillers & binding agents.
Supplement manufacturers are not accountable or strictly regulated. If you do need to take supplements, try to find a liquid or better still the powder variety.
Listed below are the most common supplements thought to help arthritics,
vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E, F, K, folic acid, copper, iron, magnesium, glucosamine, calcium.
Vitamin D is crucial for the absorption of calcium, which our body needs to build bone. A recent study found that people with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood were more likely to survive cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Having extremely low levels could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and arthritis.
US; 400 IU (international units per day)
UK; There is no recommended supplementary dose in the UK.
Taking around 1000 international units per day is thought to be for beneficial for some RA sufferers.
(Overdose of vitamin D is highly unlikely on doses of up to 2,500 IU per day).
Always use vitamin supplement D3, and not D2 (easily available in 1000 IU form.
Making use of natural rheumatoid arthritis treatment is not easy as it will need good amount of discipline and willpower to succeed. Always remember to seek immediately medical attention from your health care professionals should you notice any abnormal symptoms.