Herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Healing herbs for Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the many topics this website has devoted to the painful, often debilitating effects of Arthritis:

More and more people are turning to herbal and natural means of helping them with day to day ailments, so we have made it easy for you and listed below some of the herbs that can be useful for rheumatoid arthritis, and we have also explained why they can lend a helping hand in soothing these symptoms.




Evening Primrose Oil

Oenothera biennis

  • Evening primrose oil contains GLA (Gamma-linolenic Acid) an omega-6 fatty acid which helps ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by suppressing the production of prostaglandins that trigger inflammation.

  • Evening Primrose Oil is also useful for heart complaints (it is a natural anticoagulant) and can also be used for psoriasis , gastric irritations, high cholesterol, multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure .



Borage - Another one of the popular herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

borage and snail

Borago officinalis

  • Borage seeds also contain GLA which can ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by suppressing the production of prostaglandins that trigger inflammation.

  • Borage Tea is a delicious and relaxing bedtime drink and can also be drunk to bring down a fever, and relieve chest colds, bronchitis and coughs.

  • Borage also contains potassium which helps the body make cortisone (your very own natural painkiller) by stimulating the adrenal cortex.



Cats Claw

Uncaria tomentosa

  • Cat's Claw is one of the important healing herbs for rheumatoid arthrits as it enhances and stimulates the immune system.

  • It acts as an antioxidant and inflammatory both of which will help with the management of arthritis.

  • And a warning - Do not use Cat's Claw if you are pregnant or even think you might be pregnant.





Feverfew

Chrysanthemum parthenium

  • Feverfew can help with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory actions.

  • Migraine sufferers can also benefit from this herb by 1 to 2 large leaves daily in sandwiches.

  • Rheumatism sufferers have also reported good results.




Ginger

Zingiber officinale

  • Ginger is a powerful antioxidant that also has anti-inflammatory effects.

  • This healing herb for RA is well known for inhibiting the pain-producing prostaglandins.

  • It can also be used in cases of bad circulation.

  • And as a gargle it may be effective in the relief of sore throats.






Cayenne

Capsicum annuum

  • Cayenne's main constituent is a substance called capsaicin, which is number 1. amongst natural painkillers.

  • When applied topically it temporarily depletes substance P, a chemical in nerves that transmits pain sensation. Without this substance pain signals can no longer be sent.

  • Mash the fruit of the herb and mix with a skin cream and apply it directly to your swollen aching joints.




Turmeric

Curcuma longa

  • Turmeric is another strong anti-oxidant that protects us against free-radicals damage.

  • Turmeric contains Curcumin which in turn contains natural pain relieving COZ-2-inhibitors such as celecoxib.

  • It also reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels and possibly by stimulating the adrenal glands to produce more cortisone ,the body's own natural painkiller.

  • Add the Turmeric to soups stews and rice dishes.

  • Try using supplements as it is difficult to get medicinal doses of turmeric from your diet alone. The daily required dose is 250 to 500 mg which translates into 5 to 25 teaspoons of dried turmeric a day.




Green Tea

  • Green Tea is one of the very very very good herbs for rheumatoid arthritis because it is a rich source of anti-inflammatory catechins that can actually help slow cartilage breakdown and decrease chronic inflammation.

  • It also has anti-oxidant activity to help fight those free radicals causing trouble with your joints.

  • An extra little bonus here is, that green tea is believed to help reduce fat in the body and thereby taking unnecessary extra weight from painful joints.






Some more "thingies" you can look at to help your painful, swollen joints.

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Home Remedies for Arthritis

Herbs for Arthritis

Good Foods for Arthritis

Vitamins for Arthritis


RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pain relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis


NATURAL HELP FOR ARTHRITIS

Natural anti-inflammatories

Natural antibiotics




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