Are you looking for herbs for rheumatoid arthritis? Herbal medicine for rheumatoid arthritis has been around for centuries and many of these treatments are still being used by herbalists and doctors today – because they are effective.
Do you or someone you know suffer with arthritis? Do you suffer with swollen joints and constant pain? Is your activity restricted because of good days and bad days due to pain and limited range of motion from arthritis?
Are you concerned about all the prescription and over-the-counter drugs you have to take for the pain and swelling and what those drugs might be doing to your body? Many people live fairly normal lives without all the side effects and dangers of chemical drugs.
There are many herbs and other alternatives that have been used to treat arthritis which is, in fact, an autoimmune disease.
This is an extensive list. I would not suggest that you try to take all of these herbs and supplements. I started to call it “The Baker’s Dozen” however, the list got longer than 13 (which is officially a baker’s dozen) so I had to change the title.
As with any herbal treatment, I would suggest you consult with your health care professional before you begin.
Also, always begin with just one herb, never a formula or combination of herbs. That way, if one doesn’t work or causes any kind of reaction, you will know it is the one you just began to take.
Your pharmacist may be able to help you further to know about any interactions with chemical medications.
Here’s what I’ve found in my research:
Burdock Root is an anti-inflammatory full of essential fatty acids. Increasing essential fatty acids in your diet is at the top of things to do for any autoimmune disease.
Cayenne peppers contain capsaicin – a powerful pain reliever. Capsaicin works by triggering the release of endorphins in the brain which results in pain relief. Many over-the-counter arthritis creams containing capsaicin are sold even in pharmacies today.
Celery seed has long been used in India as a treatment for arthritis. It is an anti-inflammatory. Research has begun to identify other properties of celery seed that make it a good choice for help with arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
Well known as a liver-cleansing herb, dandelion root stimulates the liver which helps reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
While ginger’s reputation is for soothing upset tummies and helping with nausea, ginger is actually an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It increases the body’s own production of cortisone and is good to replace pain relieving drugs in the category called NSAIDs. Ginger should not be used along with blood thinners.
The use of juniper berries can be traced back to ancient Greece. Olympians used it to build stamina. Egyptians used juniper to embalm the dead. It is actually used to produce the alcoholic beverage known as Gin. Juniper is an anti-inflammatory and diuretic. Juniper cleanses the kidneys of toxins which is just as important as cleansing the liver. This is especially good for fluid retention and symptoms of “heavy” legs. Juniper should not be used over a long period of time.
Licorice is an anti-inflammatory that mimics your body’s natural corticosteroids. Licorice should not be used by those with high blood pressure or other heart problems, low potassium or kidney disease.
Mustard seed is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is most often used as an infusion in a soak for joint pain or as a plaster for swelling.
Another powerful anti-inflammatory, nettle leaf tea nourishes the adrenals and kidneys. It helps with water retention as well.
Bromelain in pineapple has a similar effect to many chemical drugs called NSAID’s which relieve pain and are anti-inflammatory. Bromelain helps to break down protein. It reduces swelling and relieves pain. It should not be taken with blood thinners, although you can just eat pineapple more often!
“Rosemary, that’s for remembrance” – from Hamlet – I heard that long, long ago and, for some reason, it stuck with me. In Shakespeare’s time it was used in arrangements for bridesmaids and for funerals. As far back as ancient Greece, rosemary was used to help with the memory – students would braid it into their hair at exam time. There is so much more to tell about rosemary – it has a long and colorful history. Rosemary oil is excellent for use in a massage oil to help with the pain and aching that comes with arthritis. It helps reduce spasms and cramps.
Tart cherry is such a powerful anti-inflammatory that it actually can compete in results with chemical drugs such as naproxen and ibuprofen. Of course, the pharmaceutical world would prefer you to continue using their brand of pain reliever which, by the way, can actually have deadly side effects!
Ask a nephrologist about how many of their patients are in kidney failure due to aspirin abuse.
Enter the natural and very effective NSAD – tart cherry!
This is due to powerful components called anthocyanins. All berries are loaded with anthocyanins and each one seems to have a favorite area of the body. That’s a story for another day.