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Treatment and Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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  • 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.
  • RA patients can also do mild exercises. However, they should consult a doctor first to avoid injuries and prevent further joint deformities.

Conventional cures recommended for rheumatoid arthritis, which include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologic DMARDs and corticosteroid medicines, may cause adverse effects on your health.1 Prescription drugs should not be the end-all and 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 instead minocycline, another antibiotic considered a stronger medicine.3 This initial position that Brown fought so hard for became the basis of my personalrheumatoid 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 non-toxic 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:

Other Lifestyle Changes That May Help Alleviate RA

Apart from physical pain, psychological pain and/or 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


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Sources and References

  • 1 Mayo Clinic, August 9, 2017
  • 2 Drugs, "Prednisone"
  • 3 Drugs, "Minocycline"
  • 4 Phytother Res. 2012 Nov;26(11):1719-25. doi: 10.1002/ptr.4639. Epub 2012 Mar 9
  • 5 Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007;595:425-51
  • 6 Say No to Arthritis: The Proven Drug Free Guide to Preventing and Relieving Arthritis,” December 2, 2010
  • 7 Indian J Pharm Sci. 2011 May-Jun; 73(3): 255–261
  • 8 Arthritis. 2014; 2014: 159089
  • 9 Nurs Stand. 2014 Dec 2;29(13):52-9
  • 10 The Egyptian Rheumatologist, Volume 36, Issue 2, 2014, Pages 57-64
  • 11 J Aging Res. 2011; 2011: 681640
  • 12 Arthritis Foundation, “Best Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis”
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