Monday, September 5, 2011

Some Natural Ways to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious form of arthritis where the immune system which is supposed to defend the body, nothing else but starts to attack it. It is more serious than say osteoarthritis naturally because in increasing to the accepted joint pain and swelling, rheumatoid arthritis can also cause anemia, poor circulation and debilitating fatigue.

The best natural treatments for rheumatoid arthritis are the same as osteoarthritis, any way with more emphasis being placed on diet. Here is a look at a few that have proven to be particularly helpful.

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Heat Application

Whether it be electric blankets, heating pads or hot packs, applying heat to painful joints can offer ample relief. One recipe of heat application that has shown to be particularly helpful is hot baths, especially when infused with significant oils such as rosemary and eucalyptus.

Cold Application

At the other end of the spectrum is the application of cold. This is most sufficient and accepted when your joints are nothing else but inflamed. A cold pack or bag of peas compressed against the area can bring much needed relief in a short period of time. This is due to the fact that the cold reduces the swelling fast and also stimulates the nerve endings which acts as a distraction against deeper joint aches and pains.

Vegetarian Diet

Recent studies have shown that people with rheumatoid arthritis showed significant correction after just 30 days of switching to a vegetarian diet. This diet also excluded eggs, dairy, gluten, caffeine, alcohol, salt and refined sugar.

Going vegetarian may seem like a daunting expectation if you are a heavy meat eater any way being vegetarian is not about just eating vegetables / salads. There are lots of beautiful tasting, hearty dishes that can be prepared. If you are interested in this just do a search online for vegetarian recipes. You will find plenty.

However, if vegetarianism is not an choice for you, the next best thing is to nothing else but tune into your body after you eat. This will give you some insight into which particular foods seem to flare up your symptoms. You can then decide either or not to cut or exclude these foods from your diet.

These are just a few things you can do to treat your rheumatoid arthritis naturally. I know this is an awful health to have to deal with (my mom has it) and my heart goes out to you. Just keep an open mind and keep trying new things until you have got sufficient 'things that help' in your back pocket that you can draw on as needed.

Some Natural Ways to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

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