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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 swollen, red, hot, painful joints. The slightest movement, touch or pressure worsen pain in the affected joint. Warm applications relieve pain.
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.
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.
Stiffness is a common symptom 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. Join 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.