Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis the Natural Way


Katrina Woznicki

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that affects 1.5 million people, particularly those who are middle-aged and older. Medication is the traditional first-line therapy to relieve symptoms and slow RA progression. While there isn’t enough research strongly supporting a particular alternative remedy for preventing or managing RA, a great deal of evidence indicates that exercise may be your best bet. A number of small studies also show that tai chi and yoga, as well as meditation, may reduce the joint pain and swelling that comes with RA and improve overall quality of life. So what can you do to start feeling better today?

W. Hayes Wilson, MD, discusses the basics of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and treatment.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 16, 2015

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