Medicinal Herbs For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid conditions are a category of autoimmune conditions that mainly affect the joints. The supporting structures are attacked by the immune system, causing weakness and degradation. Symptoms are sometimes hard to detect at first but include stiffness in the morning that worsens with time, fatigue, possibly low fever, and joints are swollen, painful, and stiff. Deformity at these joints may develop. Conventional medical treatments include diet and rest, medication to relieve pain. Herbal medicines are often used in combination with diet and lifestyle modifications.

Castor Oil treatments can help with pain. Rub the area with castor oil….place plastic wrap over the area and apply heat from heat pad for one hour…..take heat pad off and rub castor oil into skin again. Apply bag of ice.

Capsicum used topically by way of creams and ointments can be effective.

Cat’s Claw or Devil’s Claw has shown modest benefit to joint pain and swelling. It does however take approximately 2 months for this to start showing noticeable relief.

Evening Primrose has shown effectiveness also. These can be purchased by capsule.

Bromelain from pineapple helps significantly with pain. Either purchase the Bromelain or eat fresh pineapple after a meal.

Meadowsweet is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory and can help with the symptoms. Packed with pain relieving and fever reducing properties. 1 to 2 tsp. of dried herb per cup of boiling water. steep 10 minutes and can drink up to 3 cups daily. As a tincture, 1 tsp. 3 x a day.

Turmeric has shown effectiveness in joint swelling, walking speed and morning stiffness. An effective treatment for wounds, digestive aid, liver protection, arthritis, and is showing curcumin having anti-cancer properties.

Angelica gives relief as well for arthritis. Be sure to use dried angelica roots as the fresh ones are poisonous.  Please purchase your Angelica from a reliable herbal store. It helps with inflammation.

Horsetail absorbs gold dissolved in water even though the gold in horsetail is very small…gold has been used to treat RA and the Chinese have used horsetail for this disease. Use either an infusion or tincture. For an infusion, use 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of water. Drink 2 cups a day. For a tincture, use 1 tsp. up to 2 x a day.   Horsetail is high in selenium.

Licorice is anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties. Gently boil 1/2 tsp. of powdered herb per cup of water and can drink up to 2 cups a day. As a tincture, use 1/2 to 1 tsp. up to 2 x a day.

Dandelion can be eaten fresh in salads. Is a very nutritive herb and one of natures best medicines. Can drink a tea hot or cold 3-4 x a day. Combats arthritis, circulation and healing of wounds.

Mustard is a tie honored cure. Relieves pain and stiffness. A mustard plaster feels warm and has the beneficial ingredients are in the seeds. Mixed with water they form an essential oil. Always use cloth to place the mustard in…do not place the mustard directly onto the skin as it can cause burning. Never apply a poultice to very sensitive areas of the body.  Instead use castor oil or olive oil on sensitive skin before applying the plaster.  Can also tone it down by adding rye flour before adding water or use an egg white to prepare the paste with.

If you have any questions…please ask. Also, let your physician know what you are doing as certain medications may react with the herbs.  This information is for your own reading….and is not to take the place of what your physician advises.

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