Are you up late at night from the pain, stiffness, and swelling of your arthritis? Does your life revolve around your pain?
Here’s some tips on stopping RA pain using natural treatments. These treatments are popular today as people seek to control their health and healing.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), there is a wide range of natural treatments for rheumatoid arthritis – heat pads, magnets, acupuncture, natural supplements and many more.
Capsaicin is an ingredient in hot peppers. It’s put in creams to rub on painful joints. Studies show that capsaicin stimulates the release of a substance that’s involved in communicating pain between nerves and parts of the body. At first, capsaicin may increase the sensation of pain, but then it usually decreases the intensity of pain. In studies, people with RA who used topical capsaicin reported less pain.
Add turmeric to more of your dishes to add flavor and natural anti-inflammatory qualities. According to Science Daily, turmeric, a yellow spice often used in curries and Indian cooking, contains an extract called curcumin, which has been found to decrease inflammation in the body. It has also been found to reduce several of the symptoms associated with arthritis, such as pain, especially in people who have rheumatoid arthritis. You can buy turmeric in the spice aisle of any grocery store and add it to soups, stews, chicken, eggs, tofu and even noodle dishes. Get as creative as you like with ways to add turmeric into your diet, because using the spice consistently over time will have the best benefit in treating arthritis.
Heat & Cold
Cold compresses reduce joint swelling and inflammation. You can apply a cool compress or ice pack to the affected joint during an RA flare-up to help ease inflammation and pain. You don’t want to overdo cold treatments. Apply the cold compress for 15 minutes at a time with at least a 30-minute break in between treatments.
Heat compresses relax your muscles and stimulate blood flow. To use heat therapy, you can try a moist heating pad or a warm, damp towel. Many people like using microwavable hot packs. Don’t go too hot. Your skin should not burn.You can also use heat therapy by standing in the shower. Letting the warm water hit the painful area on your body may help ease pain.
You could use these natural treatment options to care for your body. These natural pain relief measures, when used along with your rheumatoid arthritis medications, can help you manage your signs and symptoms.
About the Author
By Brian Wilson. RAPossible.com founded in 2011 with the intention of sharing the success story of an RA patient and the hope that it will be a useful guide to everyone suffering from arthritis pain. RAPossible offers safe & effective all natural home remedy for people suffering from arthritis pain without the harmful side-effects of medications. For more tips on how to stop arthritis pain.