Rheumatoid arthritis is a very painful, chronic inflammatory disorder in the joints. It’s important to seek treatment for this disorder before it damages other parts of your body. Today, we are sharing some rheumatoid arthritis natural treatments you can do in the comfort of your own home. Keep reading to learn more!
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment At Home
1. Breathe and Relax
Reducing your stress level can help you to cope better with rheumatoid arthritis. Breathing exercises are a great way to reduce stress and make your body relax naturally. Take long, slow breaths, and count to 5 before you exhale.
2. Exercise Regularly
Simple exercises can help to relieve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in your day-to-day functioning. They should include aerobic, flexibility, range of motion, and strength exercises, so your entire body feels the effects. Exercises like walking, swimming, yoga, or bike riding can all help.
3. Apply Cold Therapy
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Pressing an ice pack onto your joints will help reduce the inflammation, swelling, soreness, and pain. You can use bags of frozen peas, gel packs, or cooling pads for cold therapy, or get in a cold bath to relieve inflammation.
4. Heat Therapy
Applying heat to your joints reduces muscle tension, stimulates blood circulation, and relieves joint pain and stiffness in your body. You can warm yourself up a heated blanket, in a hot bath, or with a warm towel pressed against your joints. Heat therapy will also prepare your body for movement and exercise.
5. Use Herbs
Many herbs contain anti-inflammatory properties, which help to relieve joint pain. Ginger can reduce inflammation by inhibiting the action of T cells and immune cells, while rosemary has a strong protective effect against inflammation and oxidation.
6. Include Certain Spices In Your Food
Some spices can also reduce and take away the inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric is especially good for treating inflammation in the joints, but should be taken in moderation because of its tendency to thin blood. Cinnamon is another anti-inflammatory spice that should be taken in moderation, but it is effective against joint aches and pains caused by the cold weather.
7. Take Fish Oil as a Health Supplement
Omega-3 fatty acids are great for relieving arthritis, and can be found in a fish oil supplement. These fatty acids can help reduce the swelling and pain of inflammation, and also suppress the body’s immune system to prevent it from happening again.
8. Drink Green Tea
The polyphenols in green tea help reduce inflammation and protect your joints. The antioxidants can also suppress the immune response to lessen the dysregulation that leads to inflammation, pain, and swelling in the joints. Delicious and good for you! What more could you want?
9. Willow Bark
Research shows that Willow bark can reduce both back pain and rheumatic pain in just a few weeks. This bark has anti-inflammatory properties similar to aspirin, making it a good pain reliever. The salicin content in Willow bark is fatal in large doses, so it should be taken in great moderation.
Watch this video from Everyday Health to find out the warning signs of rheumatoid arthritis!
Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, is very painful and can affect anyone. These natural treatments are great for reducing the inflammation in your joints and offer pain relief the natural way, so why not give one a try today?
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