What you need to know about natural remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Why these alternatives aren’t a quick fix or a replacement for medication

I’m sure you will find many examples online of people who changed their diet or used certain complementary therapies and low and behold, they no longer have any symptoms or inflammation. They stop taking their prescribed drugs and now control rheumatoid arthritis without medication.  More power to these people! It’s great to see these lifestyle changes have worked for them. 

This blog post will show you why it’s not your fault if you tried natural remedies to curb your symptoms before and didn’t see results, how to approach using complementary therapies with rheumatoid arthritis, plus my recommendations for a truly holistic approach.

So, how do you control rheumatoid arthritis without medication?

There are many natural remedies available that can help either manage symptoms or help reduce the impact of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis on your life. Things like acupuncture, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, reiki, diet, and so on. But can these control rheumatoid arthritis without medication? In my opinion, no.

For most people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis like you and I, symptoms will not disappear without medication. Instead, when it doesn’t work, you feel that you have failed and that you have done something wrong when you don’t achieve the same results as those lucky few who have seen results without medication. You are not the problem! 

The result is that you give up on these lifestyle changes completely, sometimes after only 1-2 weeks, when you see no difference in your symptoms. The reality for most of us though, is that these lifestyle changes need to be lifelong. Imagine giving up on a diet after only 2 weeks in because you hadn’t reached your target weight? Or giving up on a skincare regime after two weeks because you still have fine lines? 

Natural remedies and complementary therapies are fantastic tools to have in your rheumatoid arthritis toolbox. They can help you in so, so many ways when you are living with a chronic illness such as rheumatoid arthritis. But they are not a quick fix or a replacement for medication.

Here are some realistic expectations of natural remedies and complementary therapies

  • They help you to  cope  with and manage  flare-up triggers like stress, grief, anger, or interrupted sleep so you can feel like your normal self 
  • You can establish wonderful self care routines throughout your day that help to give you a sense of control over certain areas of you life such as  sleep and pain
  • You always feel like there is something you can do to make yourself feel better

Ultimately, it is your decision whether to use medication to control your rheumatoid arthritis and nobody should judge you for it, whatever you choose. Its a very personal decision and everyone is different.

My advice to you is to set your expectations carefully so that you dont give up on these fabulous therapies before you reap the benefits. They are not a quick fix but rather a friend that sticks around for the long haul! Build self-care routines using them and enjoy using them as often as you need to. 

 Complementary therapies and lifestyle changes can help you in so many ways, but can you control your rheumatoid arthritis without medication? In my experience, No.

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