Natural Cures For Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief



Natural Cures For Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief


Rheumatoid Arthritis can be a very painful condition, and while there are several different medications that are commonly prescribed to sufferers, many people prefer to avoid the side-effects, and seek out more natural therapies. To gain more general information on Rheumatoid Arthritis, please refer to this link.

In this article we will look at the most effective natural cures for Rheumatoid Arthritis relief. 


Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

PillsConventional medical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis focuses on reducing inflammation, limiting joint deformities, pain relief and improving the person's ability to function. Medications used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis include NSAIDs, DMARDs, TNF alpha inhibitors, IL-6 inhibitors, T-cell activation inhibitors, B-cell depletors, JAK inhibitors, immunosuppressants, and steroids! That's quite a chemical combination, along with all the risky 'side effects' that these (and all) medications carry.


For a more rounded, natural approach to the treatment and management of rheumatoid arthritis, you need to consider lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, smoking cessation, adequate rest (but not bed rest), and a nutritious diet.

Natural cures for rheumatoid arthritis relief are aimed at alleviating inflammation, which helps to prevent pain and joint destruction. This combined with exercises to maintain joint function, should help in restoring quality of life, and more importantly, preserving independence.


Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Healthy FoodsSince rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease (it effects the whole body) a nutritionally balanced diet which limits refined sugars, fried foods and trans-fats is suggested. Diets high in these foods may increase the production of inflammation within the body. As we are trying to reduce inflammation, avoiding these foods is essential.

Acid forming foods may also contribute to increased levels of inflammation and should be taken out of your diet as much as possible. Foods that tend to cause more acidity include grains, sugar, dairy products, fish, processed foods, and meats like corned beef and turkey. Eating more fruits and vegetables, along with curbing your refined carb and dairy intake, may help balance pH levels within your body and assist in lowering acidity. Substituting fish which contains omega 3 fatty acids (in fish oils) for meats' omega 6 fatty acids, has been shown to reduce inflammation.

Also, if you are overweight, your joints have to bear all that extra stress and weight, so maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial.


Natural Cures For Rheumatoid Arthritis

The following natural supplements have been shown to be highly beneficial and provide relief for those suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis. They are most effective when used in combination.


  • Omega 3 fish oils have been shown to help reduce inflammatory. It's incredible anti-inflammatory properties are showing amazing results with a whole range of illness, from back pain, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, dementia etc.



  • Emu oil and Turmeric have also shown to be effective in reducing inflammation in some studies. Scientists are now looking at ways to combine the effects of emu oil and turmeric to develop an even more effective product, but so far have not been able to effectively combine the two.


  • Resveratrol has been studied to explore its potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective and anticancer properties. Resveratrol is thought to work by assisting your body to block the molecules which trigger oxidative stress and inflammation. It is found in a number of fruits and vegetables, but especially in grapeskins. You can add red grapes, blueberries, cocoa, peanuts and pistachios to your diet. It is also found in red wine


  • Boswellia Serrata: Research shows Boswellia's anti-inflammatory properties reduce joint swelling and pain. It is good for reducing stiffness and the need to use NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory medications). 



  • Vitamin D: Some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are osteoporotic (low bone density). Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone health. Egg yolks, saltwater fish, cheese and liver are good sources of vitamin D. Vitamin D is also obtained by your skin being exposed to the sun. If you have little sun exposure (particularly in winter time) and do not eat the above foods, you may need to have your vitamin D levels tested regularly.


  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.



When coping with a chronic, systemic disease like rheumatoid arthritis, the best chance of effectively managing it means you need to cover as many bases as possible.

Have a good look at your diet, and try to reduce or even eliminate those foods that could be aggravating inflammation. Also try some of the natural supplements we recommend here, they are all proven to be effective at reducing inflammation and helping swollen and painful joints.

In the next article we cover exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis.


If you have any questions, or would like to share your own experience, please leave us a comment below.

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  1. Illuminating article, chock full of educational information.

    Starting with, I did not know rheumatoid arthritis affected the whole body! So clearly any type of diet or activity change that can help alleviate the cause is a no-brainer must do!

    Though you list many foods that I love (turkey, grains, etc.) that increase acidity, you also list others that help reduce inflammation that are among my favorites! With red grapes right up at the top! Being able to enjoy red grapes, blueberries, coca (!!!!), peanuts, and pistachios will certainly take the sting out of cutting out the acid foods. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a glass of red wine!?

    I haven’t heard of many of the other natural products you list to help alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, so it will be wonderful to investigate new alternatives. And natural and healthy ones to boot!

    Thank you so much for an informative post.


    • Hi Roger,

      Ideally, we should avoid all those processed ‘fun’ foods that we know are not healthy, but we love them anyway. However, if they are a ‘once in a while’ treat then I say go for it and the worst thing you can do is feel guilty.

      That is of course if your idea of once in a while is realistic, and not every day!

      All the best,

      Dr Brad

  2. A great and useful website where I can learn all I care about the subject . You really have a lot of interesting information . I’m glad I found you. Kind regards!

  3. I began experiencing sharp pain and stiffness in my right hand. This pain always occurs in the morning and may not go away. I thought that I hurt my hand somehow but I could not remember what I did. I also began to experience extreme fatigue and malaise. About 4 months later, I went to the doctor and after many repeat blood tests to rule out Lyme disease and Lupus, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I was adjusting to the medications Plaquenil and methotrexate, but they make me feel sick also. I had a ringing in my ears and loss of appetite. I sometimes had problems writing, dressing, or writing with my right hand.When the medication no longer helps, I immediately purchased the rheumatoid arthritis herbal remedy and commenced usage, i used the herbal supplement for only 5 weeks, all symptoms gradually faded away, herbs are truly gift from God.

    • HI Patricia,

      It’s amazing how effective these natural treatments can be, plus you don’t get all the side-effects of chemical medications.

      Glad to hear that you had success in treating your RA.

      Dr Brad

  4. I have been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis for my whole life, it started about in my early 30s back in the 90s. I would have my hand swell up to big red balloons around my knuckles and I wouldn’t be able to move the hands at all. What I did notice that helped relieve the pain, but not the swelling was Absorbine Jr. The arthritis cream made it easier with the stiffness and the pain when I had the worst conditions. The swelling and the movement were still bad though and sometimes that made it hard to do the easiest of tasks around the house. The thing I noticed at first and the early signs were pain and the swelling. The swelling where my knuckles would get red where the first indications that I had rheumatoid arthritis I searched for alternative treatments and started on rheumatoid arthritis herbal formula, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the rheumatoid arthritis disease natural herbal formula.i read reviews from other previous patients who used the herbal formula,i am now active, i can now go about daily exercise!!

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