Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the serious autoimmune illnesses that can affect bones or any part of the body. It is caused when the body’s immune system mistakes it’s own tissues as foreign and attacks them. This could also lead to free radicals also causing inflammation, which may ultimately, also lead to destruction of the joints.
Besides the normal prescriptions to treat this condition, many also prefer to use herbs, which is a natural way of treating this condition. However it is better to take the advice of your doctor or specialist before using the herbal method to treat this condition because herbs and supplements may at times be potent and interact with prescription medications.
It would be advisable at this stage to discuss various herbs that could help treat the condition of rheumatoid arthritis. Devil’s Claw is an old and often
used remedy to cure rheumatoid arthritis. It derives its name due to the fact that its fruits look like claws. This herb gives relief if 250 mg of it is taken
twice with meals; otherwise it could cause an upset stomach. Devil’s Claw has high pain relieving and anti-inflammatory qualities. However this herb is
contraindicated for pregnant women.
Alfalfa is one of the folk medicines used to cure and give relief from rheumatoid arthritis. The tea of this herb has been found to be useful as it is rich in nutritive elements. The tea of this herb has been found to be better than its powder. Alfalfa contains an aminoacid I-canavanine which cause the same symptoms like systemic lupus, another autoimmune disease causing joint pain. However the tea of this herb does not contain this amino acid.
Black cohosh, has been used by Native Americans to treat arthritis. The roots of this herb contain the same benefits like aspirin and one teaspoon of this
herb one can drink it twice or three times a day for about two to three weeks and then give a gap of about a week. It can easily be used in a cup of water to brew tea. One could easily find the benefit of its tea in just about 20 minutes. This tea can be easily strained and used.
Ginger with it’s real good taste can be used for its reduce pain. One can easily include it in one’s food or have it in the form of tea. Curcurmin extracted
from the yellow spice turmeric has been found to be beneficial in rheumatoid arthritis. This herb is well known for its antioxidant quality that helps to reduce destruction of the joints.
Nettle found worldwide helps to strengthen all parts of the body and contains calcium, chlorine, iron, potassium, silicon, sodium and sulfur. In a similar way Kutaki enhances the good qualities and anti-inflammatory qualities of other herbs and is one of the best additions to other natural remedies of
rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been found that the Willow bark contains salicylates, compounds that has the same effect as aspirin is also very helpful in relieving pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
A cream compounded from cayenne pepper extracts is excellent for topical pain relief. However one should take care to wash ones hands after using this cream, which could cause burning of the eyes and mucous membranes. In addition one should never use hot packs after applying this cream. Boswellia is another herb, which if taken in a dose 150 mg three times a day helps to reduce inflammation and pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
To conclude, one can be sure of getting relief from pain and inflammation due to rheumatoid arthritis if one takes care to use the herbs discussed above with care.