Herbal Supplements for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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My girlfriend has Rheumatiod Arthritis…?

I have dual citizenship with the UK. I live in the US. The medication the doctor prescribes her costs 2000 dollars a month without insurance and 4-500 a month, Of course shes never tried it because she can't afford it, nor can she get insurance, she is 21. Would she be better taken care of if somehow I could get her into the Canadian Health Care system, granted it would take time, but as I love her I am willing to try anything.
I am a US citizen as well.
2000 without insurance,
4-500 with insurance.

Posted by Mushin00
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Yes, Canada will be better as they have universal health care, however, it is important to read on.

Dr John R Christopher, the father of modern herbology, had rheumatoid arthritis by the time he could walk as an infant.

He discovered if he ate a vegan, mucus-less diet, he was fine..if he ate a sugary desert, he would needed a cane. If he ate meat and dairy, it put him in a wheelchair.

I have heard that people who become vegans for various reasons often find that their arthritis goes away.

Also taking off what Minx said, people often think milk and dairy are a good source of calcium; however, the high amount of protein in the products leeches calcium from one's bones. It has been said milk causes osteoporosis, so one is better sticking with the other sources of calcium she mentioned and taking supplements and avoiding dairy. Many of the soy products substituted are enriched with additional calcium..

Also of help besides calcium which is very important are herbs like horsetail, yucca, and butcher's broom. Here are some more helpful herbs Http://www.holisticonline.com/Remedies/A…

I feel that getting her into the Canadian system might be beneficial if your goal is to get her drugs, but be mindful of the fact that these NSAID drugs like Motrin and other anti-inflammatories can permanently destroy her kidneys.

This is what happened to my mother..she took Motrin for arthritis many years and it destroyed her kidneys..the hell of dialysis for two years damaged her heart (dialysis raises chance of heart attacks 30 times) and she suffered nine heart attacks in a year the last left her begging to die in agony and suffering. Once someone's kidneys are destroyed, it is difficult to get better even with alternative health as detoxifying overwhelms the damaged and poorly functioning kidneys and the toxins cannot get out of the body sufficiently.

Far better for her to become a vegan than to take thousands of dollars of dangerous drugs and be left worst off in the long run.

Please check out this link and read all his suggestions for arthritis..this is the one who healed so many and who himself suffered severe pain even as a young child who healed himself. He also lists many interesting case histories,


Rheumatoid Arthritis – Dealing with it the natural way?

I have just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I have it in my right wrist and hand and my left knuckles so far. It is in its early stages and hasn't been too painful yet, although my wrist can be very stiff some times and I am unable to lift heavy things without it being painful and my wrist feeling weak. I have read about the drugs prescribed by doctors and am not willing to try these until I have tried to control the illness through diet, exercise and dietary supplements. I am aware that damage will be done to my bones the longer I leave off treatment from the doctors and I am aware that a lot of the 'Amazing' herbal supplements advertised online will not work. I am willing to use the meds from the doctor if my pain or swelling should become unbearable, but not at this stage. I have quit smoking today, hoping that it will help. I have cut everything except veg, fruit, nuts, seeds, oily fish, green tea, fruit tea and water from my diet. I am using fructose instead of sugar as it seems to be a good alternative. What else can I do? If I could afford it I would hire the help of a nutritionist. Please if anyone out there has any knowledge of this subject, give me some advice.

Posted by Hester W
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First off, congratulations for everything you've done for your health! I know it's really hard to change not only your diet, but your lifestyle as well, not to mention quitting smoking. That's awesome! šŸ˜‰
With that out of the way, there are several natural supplements that help joint health, which may remove the cause of the pain. The most popular are Microlactin, Tart Cherries, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, Litozin (Danish Rose Hips), and Bromelain.
The only thing to really watch out for is allergies. Glucosamine is typically from Shellfish and Microlactin is from milk. As long as you're not allergic to those, you should have no problem. Good luck!

Glucosamine for rheumatoid arthritis. ?

Considering my age, I would like to throw out an inquiry regarding the latest panacea Glucosamine in combination with or without Chondroitin. This definitely pertains to my own condition. I hurt, and have been taking these supplements for about two years. And as yet have experienced nothing beneficial. So my question is, Has anyone out there heard of rheumatoid arthritis benefiting from these two agents? Opinions, too, will be gratefully received. Thank you. Mike.

Posted by mhta0007
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Rheumatoid arthritis isn't going to benefit from these in the same way that plain old osteoarthritis would.

In regular (osteo-) arthritis, which everyone gets if they live long enough, there is damage to joints from a lifetime of wear and tear. G&C. Help by putting the nutrients into the system that the body can use to make more joint tissue out of. All well and good.

In your case, you have the immune system responding to your joint tissue as though it was a foreign substance, trying to destroy it and causing the inflammation. Putting in nutrients to make more joint tissue might not help, since right now your body is trying to destroy your joints instead of rebuild them.

What you need to do instead is try to modify your immune system's response and bring down inflammation first. In conventional medicine this might be done with steroids or immunosuppressants. In herbal medicine we might use an immunomodulatory, like reishi, and/or antiinflammatories like ginger. Finding exactly what would work for you is probably a good job for a rheumatologist (to go the conventional route) or an herbalist or naturopath (if you go the natural route).

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