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Are There Natural Treatments for RA?

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Are There Safe Supplements for Rheumatoid Arthritis? continued...

The most promising supplements include:

Fish oil. Several studies have shown that fish oil supplements may help reduce morning stiffness with RA. Omega-3s curb inflammation and help protect against heart disease. That’s good for people with RA, who are more likely than other people to get heart disease. Fish oil appears to be safe when used appropriately. Don’t get more than 3 grams per day because of the risk of bleeding.

Thunder god vine. A few studies have shown a drop in inflammation and tender joints in people with RA who take this supplement. A large government-funded study that compared this root with sulfasalazine, a traditional drug used to treat RA, found that symptoms improved more with the use of thunder god vine. Side effects may include stomach upset, headache, hair loss, upper respiratory tract infections, and sterility in men. Pregnant women and women at risk of getting osteoporosis should not take it.

Keep in mind that it’s hard to get safe and high-quality thunder god vine made in the U.S.. The safety and effectiveness of thunder god vine from China is hard to verify, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on May 24, 2014
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