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Top Homeopathic Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis


Rheumatoid Arthritis is as an autoimmune inflammatory disease affecting joints. It leads to pain, swelling and stiffness in joints. In long standing cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the affected joints are destroyed, resulting in varying degrees of deformity. Homeopathic remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis are made of natural substances, are of great help in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Homeopathic RA treatments are completely safe with no side effects, they work to eliminate the root cause of the problem.

Top Homeopathic Remedies For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Natural Homeopathic remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis with  pain in finger joints

Antimonium Crudum is the top natural remedy for Rheumatoid Arthritis when the patient is suffering from pain in finger joints  . The patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis who complain of pain in finger joints which gets worse in cold weather or by washing hands in cold water and gets better by applying something warm on the fingers can greatly benefit from this Homeopathic remedy. Antimonium Crudum also yields good results in patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis in whom the pain in finger joints alternates with stomach complaints and a thick white-coated tongue. The arthritic finger pains which worsen after taking wine can also be treated with this Homeopathic medicine.

Lithium Carbonicum is another Homeopathic medicine of great help for patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis who complain of pain in finger joints accompanied by swelling over the finger joints. The patient’s condition gets better by applying hot water. Patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis with pain in finger joints who complain of dim vision and weakness of eyes as an associated symptom can also benefit from natural Homeopathic medicine Lithium Carbonicum. It is also the Homeopathic remedy for patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis who have a history of some heart complaint along with pain in finger joints.

Caulophyllum is the ideal natural Homeopathic remedy for pain in finger joints with much stiffness in a patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Caulophyllum is also of great help when the pain in finger joints shifts from one finger to another in a very short time. Guaiacum Officinale is another top Homeopathic medicine when the patient has pain in finger joints that is pricking with much stiffness, and which gets worse by heat.

Homeopathic treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis with pain in wrist joints

Actaea Spicata is an excellent natural Homeopathic medicine for treating the pain in wrist of a patient suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Tearing and tingling type of pain in the wrist with excessive swelling, that gets worse with touch and motion, is also effectively treatedby Actaea Spicata. Another Homeopathic remedy of great benefit when a patient of Rheumatoid Arthritis has a tearing type of pain in the wrist, especially on the right side, is Rhododendron. The pain gets worse when the wrist is kept in a resting position. This is also the Homeopathic remedy for patients who complain of rheumatic pain in wrist which gets worse during stormy weather. Natural Homeopathic medicine Colchicum Autumnale is the ideal treatment for rheumatic pain of wrist where the pain is aggravated by touch and at night. The pain in wrist in which there is a sensation of needles and numbness of fingertips is also treated by Homeopathic medicine Colchicum Autumnale.Formica Rufa, on the other hand, is a very beneficial Homeopathic medicine for rheumatic pain in wrist joint when the pain appears suddenly and the patient feels better by rubbing or pressing the wrist.

Homeopathic medicines for pain in knee joints in a patient of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rhus Toxicodendron is among the top natural Homeopathic medicines for treating rheumatic pain in knee joints. For this medicine to be used, the main symptoms to be considered are pain and stiffness of knees which get worse while the patient is resting, and there is a decrease in pain as the patient walks continuously. Bryonia Alba is another Homeopathic medicine that can yield very good results in the treatment of rheumatic pains of knees. The patients requiring this natural Homeopathic remedy complain of excessive stitching type of pain, stiffness and swelling in knee joints. Excessive rheumatic knee pain that gets worse by a little motion of knees and better by absolute rest can also be treated with Homeopathic medicine Bryonia Alba. Calcarea Carbonica is an excellent Homeopathic medicine for treating rheumatic pain in knee joints when the pain increases by working in water like washing clothes. Another symptom that guides towards using this natural Homeopathic remedy in rheumatic patients is pain in knees with much swelling and coldness of knees. Homeopathic medicine Salicylicum Acidum is also used for excessive rheumatic pain in knee joints with much swelling and high fever that get worse on the slightest touch and movement of knee. Homeopathic medicine Causticum is used to treat rheumatic pains of knee if the patient gets relief from pain by applying something hot and experiences restless legs at night.

Homeopathic remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis with shifting pain in joints

Pulsatilla Nigricans is a natural Homeopathic medicine of great help forRheumatoid Arthritis patients who complain of shifting type of painsin joints. It is also the ideal Homeopathic medicine for rheumatic pains that constantly shift from one joint to another along with chilliness and making the patient restless. The patient also has no thirst for water the whole day. Caulophyllum is another Homeopathic remedy for treating rheumatic pains that goon wandering mainly in small joints of fingers and wrist. If the rheumatic pain in joints is of shooting nature or the pain gives the sensation of an electric shock while rapidly shifting from one joint to another,natural Homeopathic medicine Phytolacca Decendra is the ideal remedy. Homeopathic medicine Kalmia Latifolia is used for treatment of shifting pain in joints when the pains are of a pricking nature, with numbness of affected joint and shifting from one joint to another in quick succession.

Homeopathic medicines for acute inflammation of joints in patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Apis Mellifica is a wonderful natural Homeopathic medicine for acute inflammatory condition of joints where the joints, especially the knee joint, are excessively swollen with acute sensitivity to touch and warmth. Along with the acute swelling, a stinging type of painin joints also directs towards the Homeopathic treatment provided by Apis Mellifica. Another Homeopathic medicine for treatment of an acute inflammation of joints is Arnica Montana. It is the ideal choice whenthe patient complains of swelling in joints with sore, bruised pains as if beaten up. There is also a heightened fear to touch the inflammed joints on account of the pain. Natural Homeopathic medicine Sticta Pulmonarisis is benefical in treating acute inflammation of joints in Rheumatoid Arthritis when the symptoms are redness, heat, and swelling in joints with a shooting type of pain, especially in knee joints. Homeopathic medicine Actaea Spicata is mainly used for acute inflammation of wrist and finger joints where the swelling in joints appears on slight motion with a tearing type of painwhich gets worse by touch.

Natural Homeopathic medicines for stiffness of joints in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rhus Toxicodendron is the best Homeopathic medicine for reducing the stiffness in joints due to Rheumatoid Arthritis where the patient feels that the joints are stiffwhen at rest and the stiffness gradually reduces as the joints come into motion. An example is knee stiffness being reduced by continuous walking. Rhus Toxicodendron is also the natural Homeopathic remedy for stiffness of joints which worsensif the patientgets wet in rain. Caulophyllum is also used forthe Homeopathic treatment of stiffness joints, mainly finger joints, with a drawing type of painin finger joints that shifts from one joint to another. Another natural Homeopathic medicine, Causticum, is mainly used when the knees joints are markedly stiffand tensewith pain in knees and heat provides relief. Guaiacum Officinale is also a useful Homeopathic medicine for the treatment of stiff joints in patients withRheumatoid Arthritis when the main symptoms are immovable stiffness of joints with pain in joints that getsworse by applying pressure and heat.

Homeopathic medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis with deformity of joints

The top natural Homeopathic medicine for treating deformity of joints is Medorrhinum. This Homeopathic remedy is mainly prescribed when finger joints are deformed and nodes have formed on finger joints. Excessive burning heat in the hands along with deformed fingers also calls for the Homeopathic treatment of Medorrhinum. An equally good Homeopathic medicine is Benzoicum Acidum, which is recommended for treatment of deformed joints, mainly knee joint, where rheumatism is associated with Gonorrhoea and very offensive urine. Guaicum Officinale is the best natural Homeopathic medicine where the nodosities are formed on joints, leading to immovable stiffness of joints.

Best natural Homeopathic medicines for Juvenile Arthritis

Arthritis developing before the age of 18years is referred to as Juvenile Arthritis. Abrotanum is a very good Homeopathic medicine for Juvenile Arthritis. It is a natural Homeopathic remedy for pain in joints of a pricking character, mainly in wrist and ankle joints. If the arthritis develops due to suppression of diarrhoea, then Abrotanum is the best and specific Homeopathic remedy. Natrum Phoshphoricum is another Homeopathic medicine for Juvenile Arthritis where the wrist and finger joints are involved. The main symptom that must be present for this medicine to be used is joint pains accompanied by acidity, sour eructations and sour vomiting.

Natural Homeopathic remedies for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis is a skin condition in which red inflamed patches on skin are covered by silver white flakes on them. The joint painthat results because of its association with Psoriasis is referred to as Psoriatic Arthritis. Homeopathic medicines that can be used for the treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis are Sulphur and Radium Bromatum. Sulphur can be used for the treatment of joint pains that occur due to suppression of psoriatic skin lesions by external ointment applications, along with excessive heat in palms and soles. Radiumm Bromatum can be used in Psoriatic Arthritis where the joint pains are worse at night along with itching and burning on the skin.

Top Homeopathic medicines for Reactive Arthritis

Reactive Arthritis is a condition of painful inflammation of joints that occurs in response to infection in another part of the body due to bacteria. The main infections that result in Reactive Arthritis are firstly intestinal infection due to salmonella, shigella or other intestinal bacterias and secondly, the sexually transmitted diseases caused by Neisseria Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia Trachomatis bacterias. The main symptoms of Reactive Arthritis are joint pains that follow or accompany diarrhoea or dysentery, frequent or burning urination, discharges from urethra, conjunctivitis and skin inflammation.
Abrotanum is the best natural Homeopathic medicine for Reactive Arthritis where the arthritis follows diarrhoea, which is suppressed due to any cause or where joint pains alternate with dysentery. Its use is recommended in cases of arthritis where the joints, mainly ankle or wrist joints, are inflammed, stiff and pains that are of pricking character are present. Another medicine which is of great significance in Homeopathic treatment of Reactive Arthritis is Kali Bichromicum. The patients of Reactive Arthritis who complain of joint pains that alternate with dysentery can benefit from this Homeopathic medicine. Kali Bichromicum is also the Homeopathic remedy for patients in whom the main symptoms are pain, stiffness and swelling of joints that wander from one joint to the other rapidly and get worse by cold. Natural Homeopathic medicine Asclepias Tuberosa is the idealremedy in those cases of Reactive Arthritis where joint pains are accompanied by dysentery. The patient requiring this medicine complains of an offensive stool like rotten eggs with mucus in stool and pain and stiffness in joints where the patient is afraid to bend the joints because he feels that the ligaments and tendons adjoining the joints will breakon bending. Natrum Sulphuricum is yet another natural Homeopathic medicine for Reactive Arthritis where joint pains are accompanied by diarrhoea which is worse in morning. The joints, mainly knee joints, are stiff and painful with burning in the soles of feet. The other two medicines which are used for Homeopathic treatment of Reactive Arthritis where the inflammatory joint pains follow supression of gonorrheal infection are Medorrhinum and Thuja Occidentalis. Thuja Occidentalis is the natural Homeopthic remedy for patients of Reactive Arthritis in whom the joint pains are accompanied by inflammed urethra with frequent uncontrollable urination and where sharp cutting pains in urethra follow after urinating. Medorrhinum is the Homeopathic medicine suited for patients in whom the joints, mainly finger joints,get stiffwith excessive painalong with burning in hands. For Medorrhinum to be used in Reactive Arthritis, the symptoms of inflammation of urethra with excessive pain in urethra while urination alongwith joint pains must be present. Pulsatilla Nigricans is another excellent natural Homeopathic medicine for patients of Reactive Arthritis. This Homeopathic remedy is beneficial when pain and swelling in joints shift from one joint to another, accompanied by chilliness, inflammation in conjunctiva of eyes with thick yellow discharges and thick yellow gonorrheal discharges from urethra.

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Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis with Natural Homeopathic Remedies

This feature aims at improving the overall condition of Rheumatoid Arthritis patient . The Homeopathic Medicines for rheumatoid arthritis mentioned in this feature do not promise any reversal of advance stages of RA. Kindly consult your homeopath before using these medicines.

Homeopathic Medicine  Causticum when Finger deformities Set In

This homeopathic medicine  is one of the top grade medicine prescribed by many homoeopaths in cases of chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Cauticum may be indicated in cases where deformities have set in. Due to repeated acute attacks, there comes a stage when deformities such as flexion of fingers and thumb, flexion of wrist, elbows and shoulder, hip, knees and ankle  joints set in. Owing to these deformities, movements are further more restricted and painful. Causticum may be given at this stage to reduce stiffness and pain in the affected joints. Almost all joints may be affected and the overlying muscles are shortened and contracted. Causticum is more indicated when the pains aggravate in cold and feels better in warmth.

 Lycopodium – Homeopathic remedy When deformities have started

This homeopathic medicine  is also one of the most indicated remedies in cases of chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Lycopodium may be given in the third and fourth stages of rheumatoid arthritis when deformities have started. There may be a sore, numb feeling in the affected limb. The homeopathic medicine lycopodium may be given when there is a strange symptom of one foot being extremely cold and the other foot being extremely hot to touch. The deformities may be more marked in the legs and feet. The soles are extremely painful and walking seems to be highly difficult. Lycopodium may be given when there may be an unusual sensation as if the person is walking on pebbles due to callosities on the soles. Cramps may be felt in the calf and toe muscles. Toes and finger joints may be contracted and painful. Lycopodium may be indicated when the pains are more in the right side, heat in general and better by cold in general and at night.

 Homeopathic medicine  Rhus Tox – When Rheumatoid Arthritis is aggravated in cold weather

Perhaps no other medicine in homeopathic practice is as useful as rhus tox in treating cases of either acute or chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Rhus tox may be indicated in cases that are aggravated during every winter season. Motions always reduce the pains for a while and hence there may be a temporary relief of pain with every change of position. All small and large joints may be affected. There may be redness, swelling and stiffness of the affected parts. Pains are worse in damp, cold weather and better by motion. All the boney prominences are extremely tender to touch. In more advanced stages, severe deformities set in.

Medorrhinum  – When Rheumatoid Arthritis is associated with Gonorrhoea

– This homeopathic medicine is a powerful, deep acting remedy which is often indicated for chronic rheumatism. It may be prescribed when there is marked swelling of the limbs. Medorrhinum may be indicated in cases where there may be a past history of any sexually transmitted disease, particularly gonorrhea. There are deformities of the feet and toes are contracted. Here again, walking is very painful due to callosities on the soles. Medorrhinum may be prescribed when the joint pains are associated with an extreme burning sensation in the palms and soles. Pains are worse during the day, when thinking about them and hot weather. The pains are better in damp conditions.

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Treating Anemia in Rheumatoid Arthritis With Homeopathic Remedies


Having Anemia in Rheumatoid Arthritis is very common . This leads to low energy levels and fatigue in patients suffering from RA . Homeopathic remedies can help in overcoming anemia in rheumatoid arthritis , thereby improving over condition of the patient. These medicines can be used in conjunction with other homeopathic medicines being used for RA. Please consult your physician before doing so.

FERRUM MET :- Homeopathic medicine ferrum met is one of the best indicated medicines in cases of anemia associated with chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Ferrum met may be given in weak, anemic individuals who have been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. There may be palpitations on least exertion and an unusual aversion to work on account of weakness and pain. Ferrum met may be given in rheumatism of the shoulders and hip joints. The most marked symptoms such as stiffness and pains seem to subside when the anemia is treated. I, in my practice have prescribed ferrum met in anemia associated with rheumatoid arthritis and have got very good results with it.

FERRUM PHOS :- Homeopathic medicine ferrum phos can be indicated as a supplement for iron deficiency anemia in cases of rheumatoid arthritis. This homoeopathic medicine is known for its efficiency in treating anemia of any duration. All symptoms of anemia such as lethargy, easy fatigue, shortness of breath, paleness, weakness are covered well with ferrum phos. The joints are swollen with marked stiffness and pain. Ferrum phos may be indicated in rheumatism of the neck joints, shoulders, hands and fingers. The fingers are swollen and in long standing cases, there may be contractures and deformities. The palms may be unusually hot to touch. The person may wake up with an extremely stiff neck and shoulders. All pains are worse at night and are better by cold applications.

CHINA :- Homeopathic Remedy cinchona offficinalis or china as it is known, is also a well indicated medicine in rheumatoid arthritis associated with anemia. In chronic rheumatoid arthritis china may give very good results when the pains are compounded with weakness and fatigue. The pains in the limbs and joints may be as if sprained. There is an aversion to any movement or exercise due to pain. The affected joints are swollen and there may be a sensation as if the limbs have been tied tightly with a wire. China may be given in cases where the limbs tremble and feel numb. Slightest touch is unbearable due to pain and tenderness in the joints. All pains are worse at night, during winters and cold in general. Pains are better by hard pressure, warm rooms, hot applications and open air.

ALFALFA :- Homeopathic medicine alfalfa is a very good tonic in all cases of anemia because it improves appetite and helps in the proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Alfalfa may be given in rheumatoid arthritis associated with anemia as it improves physical stamina. Due to chronic rheumatoid arthritis, there is every possibility that there may be loss of appetite and a generalized weakness. Alfalfa not only improves appetite but also improves the general health. The muscles that are affected due to chronic pain and stiffness also get toned up and may get strengthened. Alfalfa may also help in improving sleep disturbances and bouts of depression that the individual may be suffering due to chronicity of the rheumatoid arthritic pains.

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Top 9 Homeopathic Medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Homeopathy shows remarkable results in mild to moderate cases of rheumatoid arthritis. However, in severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis with advanced deformities, Homeopathy helps manage the symptoms. Homeopathic medicines for rheumatoid arthritis help manage pain and stiffness in joints, but the deformities cannot be reversed.

Homeopathic Medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory joint disorder of autoimmune origin. In rheumatoid arthritis, the joints become inflamed, painful, swollen and warm with marked stiffness. Mainly the small joints of fingers, wrist, toes, and ankles are involved. In the long run, other large joints may also get affected.

Homeopathic Medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis

1. Rhus Tox  for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rhus Tox is one of the best medicines for treating rheumatoid arthritis. It proves helpful in rheumatoid arthritis involving any of joint. The guiding symptoms to look out for are pain and stiffness in joints. The stiffness is worse on rising in the morning. It also tends to worsen after a period of inactivity. Movement of joints makes the person feel more comfortable. Warm application over joints also relieves pain. Some may feel better by massaging the affected joint. Also, Rhus Tox is the ideal solution where exposure to cold air or winter makes the joint pain worse.

2. Actea Spicata – For Arthritis affecting Small Joints

Actea Spicata is a wonderful remedy when small joints are affected. The small joints include fingers, toes, wrist, and ankles. The affected joints are in severe pain, hot and swollen. The pain is of violent, tearing type. Touch worsens the pain in joints. Movement of affected joints also aggravates pain in cases where Actea Spicata will work best. Where the slightest fatigue worsens pain in small joints, Actea Spicata is the medicine to prescribe.

3. Pulsatilla and Kalmia Latifolia – For Arthritis with Shifting Pains and Palindromic Rheumatism

Pulsatilla and Kalmia Latifolia are excellent medicines for Palindromic Rheumatism. These medicines work wonders where the pain passes from one joint to another in quick succession. Now the pain is experienced in one joint, the next moment in another. The joints are also very swollen and inflamed.

4. Caulophyllum – For Small Joints where Stiffness accompanies Pain

Caulophyllum is a most effective medicine for rheumatoid arthritis affecting small joints which are both stiff and in pain. Joints of fingers, wrist, ankles, and toes are affected. Caulophyllum is recommended where joint pain is attended with marked stiffness. The joint pain is aching, drawing in nature. Pain wanders from joint to joint every few minutes. The symptoms become majorly worse at night. Finger joints in particular, so that the person has trouble folding his fingers. Nodes may also be observed on finger joints. Significantly, in case of joint pains that start in women especially during pregnancy or childbirth, Caulophyllum is the Homeopathic medicines.

5. Antimonium Crudum – For Rheumatoid Arthritis in Finger Joints

Antimonium Crudum is the most suitable medicine for rheumatoid arthritis affecting finger joints. In some cases, specific drawing pain is noted in finger joints. Cold application may worsen this pain. Warmth is soothing. Chronic indigestion or gastric complaints may be found in addition to joint pains in persons who need prescribing Antimonium Crudum. A symptom unique to the prescription of Antimonium Crudum is that joint pains worsen when taking wine.

6. Bryonia Alba – For Acute Inflammation of Joints

Bryonia Alba is a most remarkable medicine for treating rheumatic pains in joints that are acutely inflamed. People who require Bryonia Alba have markedly swolle, red, hot, painful joints. The slightest movement, touch or pressure worsen pain in the affected joint. Warm applications relieve pain.

7. Causticum –  For Hip Joint Pain

Causticum is recommended for hip joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis. The hip joint feels dislocated in persons who will need prescribing Causticum. Standing and walking worsen pain. The gait (walk) is unsteady due to hip pain. Marked stiffness and tension are observed in the hip joint. Causticum also works well in cases where the joints are deformed and shortened, contracted tendons are observed.

8. Ledum Pal – For Ankle Joint Pain

Ledum Pal is majorly indicated for ankle joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis. The ankle is swollen. Movement worsens pain. Cold applications may offer some relief in such cases. In addition to this, right-sided hip joint pain also recovers well under Ledum Pal. It is also the remedy for rheumatic pain in joints that start in the feet and then rise upward to the knee or hip.

9. Sanguinaria Can and Ferrum Met – For Shoulder Joint Pain

Sanguinaria Can and Ferrum Met show the most wonderful results in rheumatoid arthritis affecting the shoulder joint. Sanguinaria Can helps right-sided shoulder joint pain. Ferrum Met is most useful for left-sided shoulder joint pain. A person prescribed these medicines will have shoulder pain on raising the arm, which gets worse at night. Marked stiffness is also observed in the shoulder. Homeopathic medicine Ferrum met is best indicated for treating anaemia in rheumatoid arthritis.

Lifestyle and Dietary Changes Can Help Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis

Daily exercise is a basic lifestyle measure to be taken along with medicines to maintain muscle strength. Meditation can help deal with everyday stress. Physiotherapy will support all the above measures and go a long way in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Including omega-3 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid and olive oil in the diet are recommended as another step towards better management of rheumatic pains even though medical evidence in support of this claim is not very strong yet. Fish oil is a source of omega-3 and is thought to play an anti-inflammatory role. Include more fruits and vegetables in the diet. Quit smoking and alcohol consumption.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can Homeopathy treat joint inflammation?

Homeopathy treats rheumatoid arthritis by moderating the overactive immune system. They help reduce joint inflammation and symptoms including pain, swelling, and stiffness of joints. Homeopathy offers a wide range of medicines for rheumatoid arthritis. Yet, there is no one treatment for all ills associated with this condition. The most appropriate medicine for rheumatoid arthritis is selected based on an in-depth analysis of individual symptoms. Some important remedies useful for rheumatoid arthritis are Rhus Tox, Actaea Spicata, Bryonia, Causticum, Caulophyllum and Kalmia. When selected and used as per their characteristic symptom indications, these medicines are known to work wonders.

2. Besides stiffness, what are other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include pain, swelling, stiffness, warmth and tenderness of joints. The symptoms are majorly noted in the same joint on both sides of the body i.e. bilateral and symmetrical involvement. Joint deformities are noted in advanced stages of rheumatoid arthritis. Joint stiffness is mainly felt in the morning time and after periods of inactivity. To start with, small joints are involved, those of fingers, toes, ankles and wrist for example. As the disease advances, joints of elbows, shoulders, knees and hips get affected. General fatigue and weight loss are also associated with this condition. Apart from primary joint involvement, other organs such as skin, kidneys, lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels may also get secondarily involved in rheumatoid arthritis at a later stage.

3. How can I tell I have rheumatoid arthritis, do I need to take some blood tests?

Yes, persons showing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis need to take certain blood tests to rule out the condition. These include a rheumatoid factor, anti–CCP, anti-MCV tests. Rheumatoid Factor is the oldest of these tests. A positive test result shows rheumatoid arthritis. This test, however, is not precise enough. The rheumatoid factor test for diseases such as SLE, Sjogren’s syndrome and hepatitis C will also be positive. For more precise results, new tests such as anti–CCP or anti-citrullinated peptide test and anti-MCV or antibodies against mutated citrullinated vimentin are relied upon. In addition to these tests, X-ray of affected joints is done to rule out signs of joint damage in advanced stages.

4. My rheumatoid (RA) factor blood report is positive. Does that mean I have rheumatoid arthritis?

A positive rheumatoid factor in isolation does not indicate a person has rheumatoid arthritis. However, a person with clinical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis along with positive rheumatoid factor signifies rheumatoid arthritis. It is, however, best to take the anti-CCP and anti-MCV tests to be sure. These tests are rated high in terms of precision of results.

5. I show symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, but my RA factor is negative. What does that mean?

It means that there is a possibility that you may have rheumatoid arthritis. In certain cases, even though the rheumatoid factor is negative, the presence of clinical symptoms hints at the presence of rheumatoid arthritis. This is referred to as seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.

6. How is elevated ESR linked to severity of rheumatoid arthritis?

ESR is not a diagnostic tool to confirm rheumatoid arthritis. However, ESR tells us about the severity of rheumatoid arthritis in a given case. A much higher level of ESR shows severe joint inflammation while slightly raised levels indicate mild joint inflammation.

7. Does rheumatoid arthritis run in families?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. Yes, it runs in families and is believed to be genetically passed down generations. However, few risk factors that predispose a person towards rheumatoid arthritis are cigarette smoking and age (30- 60 years). Also, women are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis than men.

8. Is rheumatoid arthritis an autoimmune disorder?

Yes, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders are sets of disease in which the body’s immune cells that patrol for disease by circulating in the bloodstream start to destroy healthy body tissue due to a misdirected immune response. In rheumatoid arthritis, the seat of attack for immune cells is the synovial lining of joints.

9. Are there any complications to watch out for if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

The major complications associated with rheumatoid arthritis are a joint deformity, inflammation in heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes and blood vessels; osteoporosis, rheumatoid nodules under skin and carpel tunnel syndrome.

10. If I’m on methotrexate or a DMARD, do I stop taking them before Homeopathy treatment starts?

If you are already taking methotrexate or a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD), continue to do so. It is not advisable to stop these medicines when you start Homeopathy treatment. Both of these treatments can continue together. And in the long run, when the body starts to respond to Homeopathy medicines and the health improves, the dosage of methotrexate or DMARD may be gradually tapered.

11. Can I take pain killers once I’ve started my Homeopathy treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Of course, pain killers can be taken in case symptoms worsen once you start Homeopathy treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Homeopathy medicines majorly work toward treating the chronicity of rheumatoid arthritis and are not against a person taking pain killers in case of acute flare-ups.

12. How long do I have to take Homeopathy medicines before I start feeling better?

Depends on how quickly your body responds. Duration and severity of symptoms are other factors. The course of treatment varies based on the severity and duration of symptoms. The body’s response, too, varies from person to person. In a majority of the cases, some improvement becomes noticeable within the initial months of treatment. For any major improvement to become visible, the treatment must be continued for a time varying from months to years. However, gradual changes on a smaller level continue to happen, building on the person’s confidence in Homeopathy medicines.

13. As my condition starts to improve, should my RA factor come down?

Yes, there are chances that the RA factor will come down if a person continues taking Homeopathy treatment for rheumatoid arthritis for a recommended period of time. Yet, the results will vary from person to person.

14. Why do doctors prescribe vitamin D supplements in rheumatoid arthritis?

Notable vitamin D deficiency has been observed in persons with rheumatoid arthritis. Whether this is a cause or result of rheumatoid arthritis is not yet clear. A person having rheumatoid arthritis is often advised to take vitamin D supplements along with other medicines, majorly to prevent osteoporosis.

15. Are there any foods that I must avoid to prevent rheumatoid arthritis from aggravating?

There are no specific food stuffs that can aggravate rheumatoid arthritis. Evidence, however, shows that certain food products can worsen symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. These include omega 6 fatty acids found in sunflower oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, fried food and protein source in dairy products.

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Homeopathic Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Homeopathic Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

For a rheumatoid arthritis patient ,the quality of life can be severely affected by relentless pains, stiffness and fatigue. Even small activities like writing, opening a jar lid or simple walking inside the house can cause great pain and fatigue. If you thought, living with pain and fatigue for ever was the only option for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patient, then try homeopathy. The treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in homeopathy is very effective in early and moderate stages of the disease. Homeopathic medicines can control, relieve and even cure rheumatoid arthritis; Although in advanced stages, where the deformities have taken place in the joints, homeopathy may not be of much help.

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by inflammation of the lining of the joints (synovium) causing pain swelling and eventually deformity. The main symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are pain in joints, swelling, and tenderness of the joints, stiffness of the affected joints, hard bumps like nodules under the skin in the affected joints, tiredness, fever, reduced appetite and weight loss. The small joints like wrist, hands, feet and ankle are affected first. Big joints like elbow knee, hip and jaw are affected later as the disease progresses.

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune response; also called as auto immune disorders. The immune system (defense system) is a complex organization of cells (antibodies) designed normally to “seek and destroy” invaders of the body, particularly infections. Patients with autoimmune diseases have antibodies in their blood that target their own body tissues, This means that in Rheumatoid Arthritis , body’s own defense cells ( antibodies, mainly white blood cells whose purpose is to fight bacteria’s and other microorganisms entering our body), start attacking the lining (synovium) of the joints. This causes inflammation in the synovium which over the period of time releases proteins. These proteins cause arthritic changes in the cartilage, bones, ligament and tendons of the joints.Although it is not completely understood, but researchers believe, that genetic and environmental factors are responsible for the triggering an attack of rheumatoid arthritis.

The reason why homeopathy is effective in treating early and not so advanced stages of rheumatoid arthritis, is the fact that homeopathy is very efficiency in treating and modifying auto immune disorders. Homeopathic medicines used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, gradually desensitize our immune system and are able to optimize this over reaction of the defense system ; Thus, controlling the further onslaught on joints. Homeopathic medicines also reduce the inflammation and fatigue in a very natural way and do not produce any kind of side effects. Anemia that occurs in RA is very effectively treated with homeopathic medicine Ferrum Metallicum. Homeopathic medicines that are used in treating RA are Colchicum , Rhus Tox , Caulophyllum , ledum pal and Carcinocin. The Scope of homoeopathic treatment in rheumatoid arthritis is very favorable. But the patient needs to understand that the homeopathic system is aiming to clear out the disease from the body and not trying merely to suppress or give temporary relief .Thus it could take a while before one experiences relief. The time for its treatment is dependent on various factors-The chronicity of the disease (the duration since the disease has been in the body), genetic propensity and the extent of damage.

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Homeopathy has been found to be very effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis mainly because it is an autoimmnue disorder – which basically means that the body’s own defences start eating up the joint tissue.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and its Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Homeopathy

151464452_76eb78da5e_m Weather is known to have an effect on rheumatoid arthritis. It is quite known that arthritis patients show an increase in their symptoms during cold weather. Winters can be very bad for some of them. Even wet weather aggravates the condition for many patients. Some RA (rheumatoid arthritis) patient seems to be too sensitive about weather changes. So much so that they often come up saying that they know ? it,s going to rain? as their joints start to ache.

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