Herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

05 Nov, 2011

Herbs for rheumatoid arthritis can help in reducing joint inflammation as well as undo the damage caused. These herbs reduce the pain and joint stiffness and at the same time, help in preventing further damage to the joints. Let’s briefly discuss some of these herbs.

Herbs for rheumatoid arthritis can help in reducing joint inflammation as well as undo the damage caused. These herbs reduce the pain and joint stiffness and at the same time, help in preventing further damage to the joints. Let’s briefly discuss some of these herbs.

  • Green Tea: This herb has numerous health benefits including treating rheumatoid arthritis. It also works like a mild painkiller and causes fewer or no side effects.
  • Dry Ginger: This traditional Indian herb has been used for along time to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It is an analgesic and considerably reduces the causes for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Celery: This is an anti-spasmodic herb, but works really well for patients with both rheumatoid arthritis as well as osteoarthritis. Celery is a Native American herb, but is available all over the world.
  • Indian Ginseng: Similar to most of the other herbs which are mentioned above, Indian ginseng has anti-inflammatory as well as analgesic properties. The herb is known relieve stress and has the capacity to fight cancer.
  • Turmeric: This herb is well known for its medicinal values. It is effectively used for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin, which is derived from turmeric, is particularly helpful in the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. The herb is considered as an antiseptic and therefore helps in reducing infection in the joints.
  • Guggul: Guggul with its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties is used by many Ayurvedic practitioners around the world to treat arthritis. The effects of Guggul can be instantly noticed in the patient.
  • Wild Yam: This herb is usually found in warm and humid climates. The roots of this herb have great medicinal values. They possess steroidal saponins which include anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help in treating the reduced space in the joints, caused as a result of rheumatoid arthritis. Anti-inflammatory properties also help in maintaining this space, thus reducing friction, as well as reducing the pain.
  • Alfalfa: This is a kind of a grass which is used for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Alfalfa is consumed in the form of an herbal tea. Many people around the world have benefited by using Alfalfa in an attempt to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Linseed: Linseed which is also known as flaxseed has been used for a very long time. It is not administered orally however – the oil extracted from it is used in the form of an ointment.
  • Oregano: This herb can be called the herbal morphine. Hence, it is used for treating rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Tinospora Cordifolia: The herb is believed to increase the body’s immunity against rheumatoid arthritis and also various other ailments.
  • Vitex Negundo: The herb is combined with alcohol and a tincture is prepared and applied on top of the affected area. The leaves of this herb are boiled and then applied on the joints.
  • Mustard: This is amongst the most common herbs in the Asian and Mediterranean. It is used as a plaster for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Mustard seeds are ground roughly and then water is mixed with the powder and applied over the joints.

Even though these herbs are known to help in treating rheumatoid arthritis, certain allopathic medications such as Medrol are also known to prove beneficial.

Medrol prevents the release of substances that cause inflammation in the body. It is used for the treatment of various different kinds of disorders which include allergic disorders, ulcerative colitis, skin conditions, arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, or breathing disorders. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor before using this medication or any of the herbs mentioned above.

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  3. Richard M. Jones
    April 11, 2012

    A friend of mine had recommended the use of ginseng and ginger for treating my arthritis problem. I did use these herbs for some time and felt a lot better than I used to. The best part is that I did not experience any side effects.

  4. Wendi W. Ward
    April 16, 2012

    I have been suffering with rheumatoid arthritis for a long time now. I have used a lot of different remedies and medications but have not been able to completely get rid of this problem. I will try using some of these herbal remedies and hope it does me some good.

  5. Todd D. Dotson
    April 16, 2012

    Are these herbs that you have mentioned as effective as allopathic medications? Do they have any side effects if used along with other medications? I will look forward to your reply. Thanks.

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