Natural Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

All medicine comes from what nature supplies

In the history of Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment section, I discuss aspirin as an earlier treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Aspirin is derived from salicylic acid which was a product of tree bark. In many ancient cultures, bark was used for pain relief. Aspirin was developed to make it safer to ingest by reducing the ways that salicylic acid damages the stomach.

In recent years, it has become popular to seek out more natural forms of medicine. Some hope to avoid side effects and expense of modern pharmaceuticals. Millions of dollars of books and products are sold as “natural” medicine, based upon that hope.  Many even claim to cure “arthritis.”

Are natural Rheumatoid Arthritis treatments proven?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a heterogeneous disease, expressing itself differently in different patients, and differently over time. This is one reason that it is so difficult to treat and cure. That also makes it very difficult to study and define. No two patients have the exact same pattern of disease progression or the exact same responses to medicines.

This makes it extremely difficult to prove that a medicine or any substance consistently improves symptoms. However pharmaceutical medicines must spend years proving such an effect in order to be lawfully sold as treatment.

In the United States, natural medicines are not required to prove their effectiveness claims in the same way as the pharmaceuticals medicines do. Consumers considering options must not only compare claims of therapeutic benefit, but also seek proof. With disease symptoms that can vary greatly, it is extremely difficult to find evidence on one’s own.

Skepticism and hope

There are dozens of ways to naturally cure Rheumatoid Arthritis, according to an internet search engine. Some of the most popular include the Marshall protocol or antibiotic therapy, diets that are gluten or dairy free, and various herbal or mineral supplements. Every trusted source I have ever consulted and every doctor or chemist or researcher I have met has told me that there is no evidence that these have a lasting therapeutic effect on RA. If there are any merits to any of their claims, there is no doubt that they will be proven since there are millions of people suffering who would eagerly pay for a cure.

In the same way that aspirin was found and refined and made safer for human consumption, scientists are now examining substances in broccoli, chicken type II collagen (CCII), and anything else that shows promise. Additionally, there are a few things that have shown promising anti-inflammatory properties such as Omega-3 fatty acids and certain antioxidants which may not be curative, but may help improve some Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms.

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