Conventional treatments prescribed or recommended to RA patients include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologic DMARDs like tumor necrosis factor (TNF) medicines, and corticosteroid medicines or injections.1
Examples of these include prednisone, methotrexate, and Enibrel. Unfortunately, these conventional drugs are potentially toxic and may have damaging effects on your health.
Prescription drugs should not be the end-all and be-all of RA treatment, as there are natural remedies that RA patients can use without encountering harsh side effects.
Dr. Thomas McPherson Brown co-wrote a book with Henry Scammell entitled “The Road Back: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Its Cause and Its Treatment.”
Brown was a well-known and respected board-certified rheumatologist who was often called a “rebel” because of his disagreement on the use of prednisone, a corticosteroid often utilized as an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant in treating RA patients during the 1940s and the 1950s.2
Instead, Brown used the antibiotic tetracycline, but then modified his treatment to use minocycline, an antibiotic which is one of the “more potent discriminating forms of tetracycline.”3 This became the basis of Dr. Mercola’s rheumatoid arthritis protocol, but without using antibiotics.
Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Using Safe Alternatives
If you’re among those who struggle with pain from RA, low-dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a type of medication you can use. Compared to the drugs mentioned earlier, LDN is an inexpensive, safe, and non-toxic option.
Physician reports have also found that LDN can relieve pain and was able to get patients to refrain from taking their arthritis medication.
Less inexpensive natural pain relievers like herbs are also available in the market for RA and non-RA patients. These include:
Curcumin: This compound found in the herb turmeric helps suppress symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, acts as a therapeutic for autoimmune diseases, and possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Boswellia: Also called boswellin, this herb promotes better blood flow in the joints, boosting their strength and flexibility, and helps treat pain and inflammation among osteoarthritis patients
Ginger: This root vegetable was shown to be a good anti-inflammatory that can effectively relieve arthritis pain. If you want to incorporate ginger into your daily diet, you can steep fresh ginger in boiling water and drink it as tea, or grate it to mix in your vegetable juice
Don’t Forget to Tap Into Your Emotions
Apart from physical pain, there’s emotional trauma that occurs as a result of RA diagnosis. This emotional trauma may begin at any point in your life, and if not addressed immediately, the underlying emotional trigger brought about by the disease will linger and severely impact your overall wellbeing.
To address emotional pain and be free from the trauma that comes with it, try the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). This technique involves tapping on common acupuncture points in the body (usually in the head or the chest) using the fingers (instead of needles), while repeating positive affirmations to yourself all throughout.
This duo of finger-tapping and voicing out encouraging remarks helps clear the “short-circuit” or the emotional block in your body’s bioenergy system. This restores the balance in your mind and body, leaving room for better health and helping treat diseases like RA.
RA patients can also do mild exercises. However, they should consult a doctor first to avoid injuries and prevent further joint deformities. Examples of mild physical activity include:4
Yoga or tai chi
(Light) weight or strength training