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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Best and Worst Supplements and Herbs

WebMD explains which supplements and herbs may help relieve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and which ones you should not take.
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Supplements and Herbs for RA: The Worst

Arnica: When ingested, may be poisonous, says Leopold. Used topically, it can cause itchiness and rash.

Kombucha tea: A fungal mushroom fermented product with a high risk of contamination.

Colloidal silver: This actually contains silver, says Leopold, which can turn the whole body blue permanently. It can also cause kidney problems, fatigue, stomach upset, and neurological problems.

Thunder god vine: This may cause stomach upset, skin reactions, temporary infertility in men, and a stop to periods in women. Extended use may lead to decreased bone density. Some parts of the plant are poisonous and could cause death.

 

Supplements and Herbs for RA: The bottom line?

Live a healthy life. Exercise helps keep your joints mobile, decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and may even reduce inflammation. And most important, talk to your doctor before trying any herb or supplement. Even if your doctor doesn’t ask you point blank about any herbs and supplements you’re taking, remember to volunteer the information.

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Reviewed on June 18, 2013
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