4 Remedies and Habits To Overcome Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the body's own defenses attack the joints, causing pain and inflammation in the area. To improve your quality of life there are some habits you can practice daily.
4 Remedies and Habits To Overcome Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Last update: 27 May, 2022

If you’ve come to this article it’s probably because you’re looking for options to cope with rheumatoid arthritis pain. This chronic disease affects 1% of the world population and those who suffer it are constantly looking for ways to improve their quality of life.

In this article, we’ll give you some effective tips to use in your daily life. With them, you can help naturally relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that could be related to environmental and genetic factors. Although there have been important advances regarding medical therapies, scientists still don’t know the exact cause of this disease, which makes treating it difficult.

To stop the development of this disease, ideally you should treat it in the early stages. However, detecting it early is complicated, as it can have a fairly rapid progression in the first years. This greatly affects people who suffer from it, both physically and emotionally.

Habits for coping with pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis

1. Apply heat

Rolling a hot towel on a person's back.
Heat treatment provides benefits to arthritis by reducing pain and discomfort in your joints.

First of all, to help cope with pain you can use simple remedies such as heat therapy. That way, you’ll get immediate relief in the area affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

You can do this with a vegetable oil massage. For example, almond, coconut, or olive oil. In addition, you can add a few drops of ginger essential oil to further increase the temperature. Finally, you can also use an electric mat or a hot water bottle.

2. Change your eating habits

Good dietary habits have been shown to result in long-term health benefits. For this reason, you could alleviate your symptoms and delay the progress of the disease.

Studies have highlighted the following beneficial foods:

  • Vegetable broths
  • Medicinal teas
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • Baked potato
  • Carrot, beet, and celery juice

It also recommends a Mediterranean diet. This type of diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, legumes, and olive oil, with a moderate consumption of red wine. Additionally, it proposes reducing your red meat consumption.

Furthermore, some food allergies could actually cause the disease to worsen. Therefore, we recommend you carry out the corresponding tests and eliminate the foods that increase inflammation.

3. Improve your gut microbiota

A wooden bowl of yogurt to reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain.
We recommend you eat probiotic foods like yogurt to promote good intestinal health.

People with rheumatoid arthritis also often have gastrointestinal problems. Especially bloating, nausea, pain, burning, gas, constipation, diarrhea, etc. They’ve been found to have a different intestinal microbiota related to these discomforts.

Therefore, in addition to improving your eating habits, you should also add fermented foods into your diet. You can also opt for a probiotic supplement, which you should take on an empty stomach and separated from hot foods.

4. Take herbal supplements for rheumatoid arthritis pain

There are two herbal remedies that stand out for their properties to help ease the inflammation and pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. These are as follows:

  • Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata): Ayurvedic medicine proposes this plant as an excellent anti-inflammatory remedy that they specifically prescribe for arthritis.
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): This remedy is also a powerful natural anti-inflammatory that could make it difficult for collagen to deteriorate. It could also reduce stiffness, ease pain, and facilitate joint movement.

When taking supplements, even if they’re natural, we always recommend you do so under medical supervision. This is very important, especially if you take medication, since there could be some kind of interaction.

With these 4 natural remedies, you’ll notice a significant improvement in your arthritis symptoms. It’s never easy to change your lifestyle, but it’s even more difficult to live with pain every day.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.