Indicated in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: the most commonly indicated remedies are Actea spicata, Arnica, Bryonia, Cimcifuga, Calc carb, Caulophyllum, Colchicum, Dulcamara, Ledpal, Kali-bi, Pulsatilla, Kalmia, Rhus tox, Ruta, Guaiacum, Lithium carb, Berberis, Eupatorium.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by pain, swelling, stiffness, and impaired joint function. Symptoms of this disease can range from mild pain to severe pain leading to deformity and immobility of the joint.
Along with appropriate treatment, lifestyle change is also necessary in order to prevent the further progress of the disease. As chronic rheumatoid arthritis causes joint deformity and loss of mobility of the joint mild exercises is advised in order to increase the muscle strength and improve the mobility of the joint. Exercise helps regain the flexibility of the joint.
As pains of this disease are agonizing in nature it may lead to inadequate rest and sleep, so sleep pattern should be improved, and adequate rest is to be taken during the flare-up. Inflammation, pain, and stiffness being the prominent symptoms a person can also opt for hot or cold compress preferably. Along with treatment proper diet should be advised which shall include foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants as they have high anti-inflammatory properties.
Certain triggering factors such as cigarette smoking, excess alcohol intake, trauma or injury to the joint may contribute to the progress of the disease so it should be prevented as far as possible. Maintain blood pressure, cholesterol levels and body mass index at an optimal level as it can be a major risk factor for the development of the disease. Vit D supplementation is necessary as most of the patients with rheumatoid arthritis suffer from vitamin D deficiency.