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Arthritis is defined as pain resulting from inflamed joints. There are generally two common forms of arthritis namely Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA, is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the entire body particularly the joints in the hands, wrists knees, feet and ankles. Osteoarthritis, considered to be more prevalent than RA, is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the degeneration and loss of cartilage- the cushioning, collagen-matrix found between joints. More and more people dealing with arthritis pain are turning to alternative medicine for pain relief and to halt, or slow further degeneration of cartilage and decrease and eliminate inflammation. There has been a tremendous amount of research and progress made surrounding alternative approaches to relieving arthritic pain and slowing the progression of the disease.

There is much evidence pointing to the fact RA is actually a form of autoimmune disease where the body manufactures antibodies against its own joint tissue. Much research has been conducted surrounding genetic factors, and how a lifetime of poor diet, poor digestion and bowel function, and the consumption of processed foods can actively contribute to rheumatoid arthritis which can be characterized by not only swollen and painful joints but fatigue, weakness, and low-grade fever as well. It would appear that Rheumatoid Arthritis has multiple factors both genetic and environmental which contribute to the condition. The disease can be particularly insidious and lead to deformities in the joints of the feet and hands over time. Since there are many potential causes that set the disease in motion it is vital to work with good alternative healthcare providers to not only provide a regiment to provide natural pain relief but to halt the progression of the disease.

Changes in your diet can help alleviate arthritis symptoms. Read the section on food allergies found on this website.Acupuncture has been used successfully to lessen the pain and swelling. Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine also have helpful anti-inflammatory regimes that can help arthritis. Additionally, there are botanical herbs and dietary supplements that decrease joint inflammation and provide pain relief without the side effects of prescription drugs. Consult you alternative healthcare practitioner for more specific details and treatments. The Natural Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has good information on these degenerative diseases which can be found via these links: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

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