If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis; we can bet our last dollar you know your symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are more than familiar with the severe pain associated with stiff and sore joints. Couple that with fatigue, appetite loss and feeling feverish, and you can easily envision how difficult it must be to deal with. While there is no cure; medication, therapy and even surgery are available to rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
For those looking for alternatives to cope with their joint pain, there are some natural remedies available to deal with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms on a daily basis. Here are 5 methods you can try:
1. Hot/Cold Therapy
A combination of hot and cold therapy may help alleviate symptoms of pain and swelling.
Heat can help ease your pain and relax painful, tense muscles to spurs blood flow. You can use a moist heating pad, a warm and damp towel or a microwavable pack. For the time poor folks, you can use heat therapy in the shower. Simply let the warm water hit the painful area on your body, and this may help soothe it. Alternatively, a hot tub is another great way to relax your stiff muscles.
Cold may help dull the sensation of pain, and create a numbing effect to reduce swelling and inflammation. You can apply an ice pack to the affected joint during a flare-up. Apply the cold compress for 15 minutes at a time, and take at least a 30 minute break between treatments so you don’t overdo it.
2. Tai Chi
This slow, gentle martial art is easy on your joints. Tai chi involves gentle exercises and stretches combined with deep breathing; the movements are easy to modify if your joints are sore. Some studies have found that tai chi may reduce stress, and improve mood and quality of life in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, it can help your strength, flexibility and balance, so it is worth a try.
This golden spice is a member of the ginger family. It has been a staple in traditional medicine in India and Indonesia for centuries. Research shows it blocks proteins that cause inflammation and may ease pain. You can create a turmeric based drink by combining it with other known ingredients for alleviating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Simply start with a green tea base, and add cinnamon, ginger and turmeric. You’re definitely not drinking it for the taste, but cheers to reduced joint pain and swelling though!
This natural remedy dates back thousands of years, but modern science does show it can help ease pain. There are many different types of massages, so it’s good to find a massage therapist who works with people with rheumatoid arthritis. You can even try this out at home by giving yourself a mini massage. Remember to use a massage oil or balm that has extra benefits designed to alleviate joint and muscle inflammation. Emu Spirit’s Muscular and Arthritic Rub contains 59% emu oil, wintergreen oil, eucalyptus oil, clove bud oil, peppermint oil and black pepper oil – all active ingredients formulated to reduce pain and swelling, numb the affected area and improve your inflammation symptoms over time.
5. Pure Emu Oil
There is some research proving the unique properties of 100% pure emu oil in helping to reduce inflammation. Emu oil is an anti-inflammatory agent that has been used to reduce muscle and joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Emu oil can be used both topically and internally so you can help relieve the symptoms from the inside and out.
For a multi-use product such as pure emu oil, you can either use it to massage directly onto your body or you ingest it by taking a spoonful directly or adding it to a cold drink (such as orange juice). For an extra anti-inflammatory boost, you can combine a few drops of emu oil to your turmeric drink and enjoy the health kick!