Conventional cures recommended for rheumatoid arthritis, which include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologic DMARDs and corticosteroid medicines, may cause adverse effects on your health.1 Prescription drugs should not be the end-all or be-all to treat this disease, as there are natural home remedies for rheumatoid arthritis that you can use without the risk of side effects.
The late Dr. Thomas McPherson Brown was a renowned board-certified rheumatologist who was often called a "rebel" because of his disagreement on the use of prednisone, a corticosteroid2 often utilized during the 1940s and the 1950s to treat RA patients.
Instead, Brown used the antibiotic tetracycline, but then changed his protocol to minocycline, another antibiotic considered a stronger medicine.3 This initial position that Brown fought so hard for became the basis of my personal rheumatoid arthritis protocol, but without using antibiotics.
Consider These Treatments if You Have RA
If you're among those who struggle with RA, you may consider using low-dose naltrexone (LDN), an inexpensive, safe and nontoxic alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Physician reports have found that LDN possesses immunomodulating abilities and assisted some patients in refraining from taking their arthritis medication.
Aside from LDN, natural pain relievers may help address the conditions of RA patients, or those experiencing pain in some form. These include:
- Curcumin — This compound found in turmeric root helps suppress symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis,4 assists with addressing autoimmune diseases,5 and possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Boswellia — This herb, also known as boswellin or "Indian frankincense," promotes better blood flow in the joints, boosting their strength and flexibility,6 and helps combat inflammation7 among osteoarthritis patients.
- Ginger — This root vegetable was shown to be a good anti-inflammatory that can effectively relieve arthritis pain.8 If you want to incorporate ginger into your diet, steep fresh ginger in boiling water and drink it as tea, or grate it to mix in your vegetable juice.
Other Lifestyle Changes That May Help Alleviate RA
Apart from physical pain, psychological pain and trauma may develop because of RA, which may linger and severely impact your overall well-being.9,10 To address emotional pain, you may try the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a type of psychological acupressure. This involves tapping on certain acupuncture points in the body (usually on the face or the chest) using the fingers, while repeating positive affirmations to yourself.
By practicing EFT, you enable your body's "short circuit" to be cleared of whatever is impeding proper function of your bioenergy system/s. This improves the balance in your mind and body, leaving room for better health and helping treat diseases like RA.
If you or someone you know is dealing with RA, take note that you can also do mild exercises to potentially alleviate pain, avoid sedentary periods within the day and prevent your condition from worsening.11 However, make sure to consult a doctor or physical therapist first to know the proper form, and to avoid injuries and prevent further joint deformities. Examples of mild physical activity include:12
- Yoga or tai chi
- Aquatic exercises
- Bike riding
- (Light) weight or strength training