RA, or rheumatoid arthritis, is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes pain and discomfort in the joints that leads to its inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. The joint affected by RA eventually becomes deformed. RA commonly hits the body’s hands, feet, hips, jaws, shoulders and knees.
Symptoms of RA come and go in streaks. When active, its symptoms can include the feeling of fatigue, loss of energy and appetite, stiffness and pain in the muscles and joints, and even fever.
The duration of rheumatoid arthritis will vary from one patient to another, and the occurrence of flares and arthritis remissions are common.
Drug therapy can reduce the swelling and pain that come with RA and can help slow down and even stop joint damage. Penn State University reports that aside from anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications such as indomethacin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, a physician may prescribe DMARDs—anti-rheumatic medications that can slow down the damaging effects of RA. Corticosteroids and prednisone may also be used to reduce the swelling of the joints before the DMARDs start to take effect on the body.
Certain food items can help reduce the swelling in RA affected areas. For instance, Penn State University reports that eating fresh cherries can help fight inflammation. There is no particular RDA for cherry intake, and since it’s a naturally healthy item, there should be no harm in eating as much as you can.
You may also soak your painful joints in apple cider. This provides instant pain relief to the affected area. Typical mixture consists of ¼ cup apple cider vinegar to one liter of warm water. You can also use a washcloth to reach other areas of the body.
Hop tea has its anti-inflammatory properties as well and can have a similiar effect to steroid medications. To make the tea, simply place 3 teaspoons of hop leaves in a cup of boiling water. Let it steep until is slightly cools. Drink this before going to bed.
Also load up on foods rich in potassium, fiber, and protein that help strengthen the body’s immune system. Include ginger, lemon, turmeric and celery in your diet.
Rubbing oregano oil on the affected areas can provide some pain relief as well. Since oregano oil on its own is too potent, dilute it in some olive or coconut oil. Just like any other massage oil, rub the oregano mixture into the affected area. You can see and feel the difference in just 5 minutes or so.