Home Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

home remedies and cures for Rheumatoid Arthritis

From playing the piano to holding a fork, rheumatoid arthritis can make the simplest of tasks difficult to complete without pain or discomfort. This form of arthritis is chronic and characterized by inflammation.

There is currently no cure for the condition, but home remedies for rheumatoid arthritis can help ease some of your symptoms.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that most typically affects the small joints in the hands and feet. The condition attacks the lining of your joints, bringing painful swelling that can eventually lead to the erosion of bone and joint deformity [1]. As an autoimmune disorder, this type of arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly turns against your own body’s tissues. Joint problems are not the only thing that rheumatoid arthritis causes – your entire body can feel the effects.

Causes and Symptoms

The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is your immune system, which starts to attack the synovium (the lining of the membranes that surround your joints). As a result, inflammation thickens the synovium, which can start to destroy the cartilage and bone within the joint. The tendons and ligaments that hold the joint together start to weaken and stretch. Over time, the joint loses its shape and alignment. Sadly, joint destruction may occur within one to two years after the disease rears its ugly head.

Doctors do not know why the process of rheumatoid arthritis starts in the first place, but many suspect a link to genetic factors. Early rheumatoid arthritis symptoms tend to creep on the smaller joints first, such as the joints found in your wrists, hands, ankles and feet. As the disease progresses, you may feel discomfort in your shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, jaw and neck. In the majority of cases, symptoms tend to appear symmetrically – affecting the same joints on both sides of your body.

Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

Joint pain and swelling
• Tender joints when touched
• Red and puffy hands
• Firm bumps of tissue under the skin of your arms (rheumatoid nodules)
• Stiffness in the morning that may last for hours
• Fever
Weight loss

The signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may vary in severity with some coming and going as they please. Patients may experience a flare-up of their symptoms. The swelling, pain, hard nights, and weakness seem to fade.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Home Remedies

Rheumatoid arthritis is two to three times more common in females than in males. The condition typically develops between the ages of 40 and 60. The joint damage can cause disfigurement and affect the quality of life for a patient. To fight back, consider using some of the following home remedies for rheumatoid arthritis to make everyday living more bearable:

a) Fish Oil:

The oils that some kinds of fish possess can help fight inflammation. Some patients take fish oil capsules, while others add more fish dishes to their diet.

b) Ginger:

With the ability to reduce inflammation, you may want to add four grams of dried ginger root to your diet. Take this remedy on a daily basis to see results.

c) Zinc:

If you have low levels of zinc and suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you may need to take 25 to 40 milligrams of zinc per day to help fight inflammation.

d) Cayenne Pepper:

Cayenne peppers offer the body a compound called salicylate (which is also found in aspirin) that can be used as a pain preventative.

e) Oregano:

There are anti-inflammatory properties and beneficial antioxidants found in oregano that can help ease inflammation in joints.

f) Routine Exercise:

To strengthen the muscles around your joints, consider gentle exercise. Ways to get active include taking a walk, swimming in a pool, or going for a bike ride. Just make sure you do not exercise if you have severely inflamed joints or an injury.

g) Bring the Heat:

Relax painful muscles with heat, such as soaking in a hot tub, warm bath or taking a hot shower for 15 minutes.

h) Heating Pad:

Plug in your heating pad on the lowest setting, and apply to painful joints.

i) Hot Towel:

Treat painful joints to a hot, damp towel for relief from rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

j) Chill the Pain:

For some, dulling the sensation of pain with coldness can also help decrease muscle spasms. Try putting an ice pack to good use or wrapping ice cubes in a towel and applying to joints. Cold treatments for rheumatoid arthritis are not recommended for people with poor circulation.

k) Warm Water:

Soaking your achy joints in a tub filled with warm water can provide much-needed relief. Stay in the warm water for four minutes, and then soak in cool water for one minute. Repeat this treatment for 30 minutes – ending with a warm-water soak.

l) Epsom Salt:

Add Epsom salt to a warm bath to treat joint pain.

m) Relax:

Reduce the stress in your life to ease the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Ways to address tension in your life includes deep breathing techniques and yoga.

n) Elevation:

Elevating your joints can ease swelling, inflammation and pain by directing your blood flow back to your heart. One way to elevate is to lie on a flat surface, such as a bed or sofa. Place the weakened joint on a pillow situated above your heart level. You may have to use more than one pillow.

o) Jacuzzi:

Sinking into a Jacuzzi filled with warm water can alleviate some of the pain in your joints.

p) Drink Water:

Drinking a lot of water helps flush out the toxins in your system that can worsen your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

q) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Consuming apple cider vinegar throughout the day is said to have an effect on easing painful joints. Some people drink the vinegar in an undiluted state, while others add two to three teaspoons of water per dose.

r) Olive Oil:

Use warmed olive oil to effectively massage painful joints. For better results, try mixing garlic, sage or rosemary oil with the olive oil.

s) Sea Salt:

Relax joints with rheumatoid arthritis by adding sea salt to a warm bath, and sinking into the water for a soothing treatment.

t) Honey and Lemon:

Some people have added honey and lemon to a glass of warm water, and consumed two times per day as a way to treat painful joints.

u) Castor Oil:

When massaging painful joints, use castor oil during your treatment for better results.

v) Hot Vinegar:

Massage your painful joints with hot vinegar by rubbing the tonic into your joints before retiring for the night.

w) Cinnamon:

In the morning (before you eat breakfast), take ½ teaspoon of powdered cinnamon mixed with one tablespoon of honey. Within a week, patients have reported a decrease in pain levels associated with their arthritis.

x) Cod Liver Oil:

Every day, get into the habit of consuming one to two teaspoons of cod liver oil to help fight the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Components in the cod liver oil are known to slow down the process of deteriorating cartilage. The oil also provides the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, which encourage pain relief and calms swelling.

y) Pineapple:

The bromelain found in pineapples helps treat the swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as promotes faster tissue repair[2]. The fruit also triggers prostaglandin, which has a calming effect on inflammation.


[1] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/DS00020

[2] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/895.html