Even though rheumatoid arthritis does not have a cure, there are many treatment options to alleviate your condition. While a healthy diet, physical activity, and a stress-free lifestyle are vital to treating rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that relieve inflammation and pain, there are also alternative remedies that can lessen the severity of symptoms and frequency of flare-ups.
Rest, relax, and take a breath
A good night’s sleep is something people with rheumatoid arthritis patients cannot compensate for and direly need. We all need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, but people with RA need at least 8 hours of sleep. Taking catnaps throughout the day may also help following a night of disturbed sleep. If stress is the cause of your sleep troubles, breathing and relaxation exercises may solve the problem, such as deep breathing for a few minutes.
The Chinese martial art is known for it gentle and graceful nature that is also gentle on the joints. Among many of its health benefits, some research suggests that tai-chi could alleviate joint function in people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Fish Oil Supplements
Many studies conclusively showed that taking fish oil supplements lessens inflammation, morning stiffness, and lowers the risk of heart disease. Since people with RA are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, incorporating fish oil into your daily regimen is a must.
Most medical experts recommend 10-15 cold compress applications to relieve RA inflammation during flare-ups as the cold helps loosen the muscle tissues and has a numbing effect. Conversely, if you are experiencing aches, warm baths or hot compresses soothe your muscles and stimulate blood flow.
Regular physical exercise is an excellent way to battle rheumatoid arthritis symptoms as gentle exercises like swimming, walking, and aerobics promote muscle strength, improve joint function, and helps with chronic fatigue. Always discuss your exercise regimen with your doctor first, and avoid high-intensity workouts.
Thunder God Vine
Research has demonstrated that the supplement thunder god vine reduces inflammation and tenderness in the joints. The downside with thunder god vine is that some of its side effects include hair loss, headaches, stomach pain. Also, good-quality, verifiable thunder god vine supplements are still hard to come by in the United States.
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