Rheumatoid arthritis: symptoms, causes and remedies

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease of autoimmune origin that primarily affects the joints. But what are the symptoms that distinguish it and the triggering causes? Are there any remedies to keep symptoms at bay?

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease of autoimmune origin that primarily affects the joints. But what are the symptoms that distinguish it and the triggers? There are gods remedies to keep symptoms at bay?

There are different types of arthritis, the most frequent are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis which it mainly affects women over 40 years of age creating many inconveniences and in some cases becoming even disabling. At the root of this problem there is inflammation of the joints which are thus, especially in some moments of the day, stiff, swollen and painful.



The main symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are swelling, pain, sensation of heat, joint stiffness and swelling of the affected joints. This can lead to having movement problems and therefore not being able to make the best use of some parts of the body in particular hands, wrists, knees, ankles and feet which are generally the areas most affected by arthritis. However, this does not exclude the possibility of seeing this pathology appear in other parts of the body (tendons, muscles and even internal organs).

Generally symptoms worsen in the morning, when you notice increased stiffness in the joints. In less serious cases this situation tends to improve with the passing of the hours and with movement, in more serious cases it extends to the whole day, making it very difficult to live peacefully with this disease.

Other side symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis that can appear are fatigue and asthenia, weight loss, muscle aches, fever, dry mouth and eyes, presence of calcifications in correspondence of the inflamed joints which tend to deform the area in a conspicuous way.

Rheumatoid arthitis, the causes

Rheumatoid arthritis is one autoimmune disease of which the causes are not yet fully understood. However, there is talk of multiple triggers including genetic predisposition, some viral or bacterial infections, incorrect habits such as smoking and high and prolonged levels of stress.

Rheumatoid arthritis: treatments and remedies

Currently there are no definitive cures for rheumatoid arthritis, not even of a pharmacological type, some natural remedies or body techniques can be used to keep symptoms at bay and be able to continue to have a good quality of life.



Good results against rheumatoid arthritis are achieved with the help of a physiotherapist through some specific exercises aimed at keeping muscles healthy and strong which can thus better support inflamed joints.

Packs, hot showers or muds

To relieve aches and pains due to rheumatoid arthritis can help moist warm compresses or even a simple hot shower, in this way, joint stiffness is reduced with an immediate beneficial effect. Good results are also obtained with mud-based treatments.


As always, the right diet can help a lot. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis it is more important than ever to consume fruits, vegetables, foods rich in omega 3 and in general to follow a diet rich in antioxidants which tend to quench inflammation and support the immune system. Instead, refined foods and sugar should be limited as much as possible.

Omega 3

It may be useful, on the advice of your doctor, to take Omega 3 supplements, essential fatty acids with anti-inflammatory power which have also shown some effectiveness against rheumatoid arthritis by reducing swelling, stiffness and relieving pain.


As for herbal medicine, turmeric is certainly one of the most suitable products in case of rheumatoid arthritis. A study from a few years ago published in the journal Phytotherapy Research noted this spice in high doses (therefore in the form of a supplement) can be used successfully in the treatment of this type of arthritis. Before taking turmeric supplements, however, always ask your doctor for advice.


Ginger is also a natural pain reliever, which in some cases has been shown to be even more effective than drugs such as ibuprofen and cortisone. Among other things, this remedy does not cause side effects and is able to relieve discomfort and inflammation.

Devil's claw

Another anti-inflammatory and pain reliever remedy is the devil's claw, which can also be used for joint problems or rheumatism.


Boswellia Serrata

This plant is able to slow down the action of an enzyme that stimulates the production of inflammatory substances. This is why boswellia is a power plant pain reliever and helps reduce swelling thanks also to the fact that it improves the blood supply to the joints.

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