Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis for 50+ Years Patient

(Last Updated: Jun 19, 2007)

Since rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating and painful disease, medical treatment may be complemented with home remedies. Here are some of the things you can do.
  • Consume a diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates. This will help reduce the inflammation in the affected joints.
  • Avoid consuming milk and milk products as these can cause deposition of oxalates and uric acid crystals on the joints. This can increase inflammation in the joints and cause painful joint movements.
  • Take care of your diet and avoid consuming polyunsaturated oils or partially hydrogenated oils as well.
  • Consume more omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. You can get supplements or include flaxseed oil in your diet. Cod liver oil and other fish oils are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Exercise regularly. Aerobic exercises are usually the best, but if you are in a lot of pain due to the arthritis, you may also perform swimming or water aerobics, both of which come highly recommended for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Avoid stress and practice relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation. This can help regulate the responses of your immune system and control the inflammation of your joints. Guided imagery, deep breathing, and hypnotherapy are some of the stress relieving methods you can use.
  • Avoid consuming caffeine and tobacco as both of these can aggravate rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You may consume some pain relieving medications if the pain gets worse. Massaging the joint with castor oil can also help you reduce the pain and inflammation.

answered by A S

A physiotherapist might prove helpful by providing some exercises. Avoid stressing yourself too much.

answered by r k


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