Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes pain and swelling of the joints, especially the smaller joints of the hands and feet. It generally affects both sides of the body at the same time.
What causes rheumatoid arthritis?
What exactly causes rheumatoid arthritis is still unknown. Some researchers tend to associate it to genetics. Some studies also point to tobacco as a possible trigger.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a fairly widespread condition – in fact, it affects over two million Americans. Women seem to be more predisposed. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common to people above forty, but it can start at any age. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which develops in children as young as six months old, is fairly common. In fact, more than 300,000 children in America (under 16) already have arthritis.
Other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are:
Aching or stiffness of joints, especially after sleep or rest
Loss of motion in the affected joints
Decreased strength in the muscles attached to the affected joints
Low grade fever
Joint deformity over time
Small lumps, called rheumatoid nodules, that form under the skin
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Despite significant advances in treatment over the past decades, rheumatoid arthritis continues to be an incurable disease. Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has two components: (1) reducing inflammation and preventing joint damage and disability and (2) relieving symptoms, especially pain. Although achieving the first goal may accomplish the second, many people need separate treatment for symptoms at some point in the disease.
Home Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Here are some simple homes remedies that will help you cope with your disease. Some of these remedies help with pain, while other are known to help with the swelling and inflammation so commonly experienced with rheumatoid arthritis.
Consuming cayenne pepper can bring relief from the pain.
Drinking one cup of fresh pineapple juice daily can reduce the swelling of joints.
Massaging the joints with warm coconut oil mixed with a few pieces of camphor can help remove the stiffness and pain.
Drinking potato juice regularly is known to cure rheumatoid arthritis. However, further reading is recommended on this before trying it.
Garlic is an anti oxidant and helps in reducing the inflammation.
Massaging the body gently with warm olive oil helps to alleviate arthritis pain.
Soak a teaspoon of black sesame seeds in quarter cup water overnight. Then drink the water and eat the seeds the following to help with joint pains.
Add two teaspoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey in a cup of warm water. Drink this concoction to cure rheumatoid arthritis.
Login to add comments on this post.