Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, (RA in medical-speak) will sometimes seek additional treatments such as homeopathy to boost the effectiveness of their medically prescribed regimes.
The effectiveness of Rheumatoid arthritis homeopathic treatment has been examined in several US and UK medical journals and studies, and generally speaking the clinical benefits that can result, simply from a consultation with an expert on Rheumatoid arthritis homeopathic treatments is often reported as quite significant’, although it is universally acknowledged that alternative medicine should only be taken up after a conversation with your doctor, who is aware of your full medical history.
A homeopathic consultant will speak to you about the ‘evolution’ of the Rheumatoid arthritis, when it began; whether it has it a pattern, what conditions tend to make it worse; better, and what triggers the pain. Practitioners will look at factors which aggravate discomfort; strategies used by a client to deal with pain, and factors which could be adding stress to sufferers’ lives.
Once there has been a consultation, a practitioner will advise on remedies for pain, some of which might prove quite surprising.
Fish oil and herbal supplements
Most people will be aware of the value of fish Oil in assisting with joint flexibility. Our modern diet is often lacking in the fatty acids which are most frequently found in fish, these acids offer essential anti-inflammatory support. Herbal supplements which can be offered specifically to reduce discomfort include turmeric, ginger, garlic, willow bark, eucalyptus and frankincense which are capable of being supplied as medicine, or an external cream.
Green tea may also be suggested, since it is believed to reduce inflammation. It can also be provided in tablet form.
Certain specific foods which contain omega 6 (not 5- which of course is in fish oil) over time can make many conditions, including pain worse. Charred, barbecued meat, Peppers of all kinds, (and tomatoes) all classed as ‘nightshade plants’ and excessive sugars are amongst some of the contributory factors to arthritic pain. There are other dietary changes that can be made including taking in food containing ‘Proteolytic enzymes’. These foods include pineapple; whole grains; (the more unrefined the better) ginger; papaya and kiwi fruit. Rheumatoid arthritis homeopathic treatment may well include the suggested adoption of a vegetarian or Mediterranean diet.
Rheumatoid arthritis homeopathic treatment may involve the use of hot and cold compresses. Heat relieves pain, coldness relaxes tight muscles. Nice warm baths are essential!
Exercise and Physical Therapy
This treatment is probably the one which people will least expect to contribute to joint and muscle care, but it is becoming common practise for doctors now in the US, and elsewhere to suggest exercise programmes as an alternative, or adjunct to recognised medical treatment for conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis, and other illnesses.
Walking, bicycling and low impact exercise, are all known to be helpful with pain reduction and strengthening weakened joints. They also offer advantages for long term mental and physical health and exercise can reduce depression, and stress related conditions.