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Taking Alternative Medicine For Rheumatoid Arthritis Is It Effective?

May 3, 2008
For almost every illness there is some type of medicine and also a, so called, alternative medicine. So it shouldn't be such a surprise that there are alternatives to the regular medicines for rheumatoid arthritis as well. Most of them, at least according to studies, are not working in any way but there are some that have shown some form of relieve and maybe some form of cure for rheumatoid arthritis.

When we speak about alternative medicines we do not mean herbs alone, but also other means of relieving rheumatoid arthritis. A lot of people who use alternative medicines on a daily basis probably mix some of the herbs together and thus create a most effective alternative medicine to ease the symptoms that can be very painful and maybe reduce some of the swelling that comes with the disease. Other forms of alternative medicine one can think of in this context are acupuncture, chiropractics or massage, these have been recommended in some occasions to keep the body in shape.

The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder of the autoimmune system in such a way that the patients tissue that makes up a joint is attacked by the immune system. This causes the damage of the joints in such a way that the patient loses his or her mobility in the areas that are affected by the disease. As far as we know the alternative medication can not stop this loss of mobility of the joints but it can give some pain relief.

Ginger and Bark of Willow

Some people who have used this type of alternative medicine for their rheumatoid arthritis have had some success with reducing the inflammation that is often associated with this disease and some have also mentioned that the pain would be less intense. Fresh or just slightly cooked ginger has some anti-inflammatory properties or so it is said, which can help to reduce such inflammation of the joints when patients suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Some patients have seen good results by taking ginger on a daily basis either fresh or in their tea, it was said by them to reduce the swelling and the inflammation.

Claw of a cat or Claw of the devil, your choice.

Cat's claw or Devil's claw are two herbs that are also known to reduce the swelling, pain and inflammation of the joints. Specially Devil's claw is known for improving mobility in the joints that are affected this way a patient can reduce the amount of the regular medication that they take to treat their rheumatoid arthritis. Devil's claw has to be taken in for several months to start showing it's high potential.

You should always ask for advice from someone who is a specialist in this field of herbs, only a person who is dealing with alternative medicine on a daily basis can give you the right advice for your specific disease and the treatment you need. Please do not apply or ingest any ingredient you think is an alternative medicine without consulting an expert in this field.
About the Author
Jonathan Mitchell knows from personal experience what it means to wake up with pain. Telling the world about arthritis and the things you can't and can do with it is the reason his blog exists where he talks about subjects ranging from magnetic healing for arthritis to costo chondritis and rheumatoid arthritis and everything in between.
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