Heal the Immune System to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Support on May 23, 2011

Is the key to stopping rheumatoid arthritis healing damage to the immune system itself? Read this excerpt from a web post we found and let us know what you think in the comments box below.

Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis by Healing the Immune System

Treating rheumatoid arthritis is usually done with medications to counter pain and inflammation and other medications to suppress the immune system. This can slow the progress of the disease and prevent future joint damage, but in the long term side effects from the medications can take their toll. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that results when the body’s immune system, its natural system of defence against antigens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi, mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells and tissues. In rheumatoid arthritis, the primary site of the attack is the synovium or joint lining (also known as the synovial membrane). Typically the disease effects women almost three times as frequently as men and usually develops between twenty to fifty years of age.

There are various medications used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, some can even halt the progression of this disease, but for long term relief and hopefully remission, attention must be give to the source which is the immune system.

The human body is incredibly complicated and it isn’t known exactly what causes the immune system to start attacking it’s own tissues. There is a belief that autoimmune disorders may be caused by a bacterial infection and genetically susceptible people are more at risk. There are other things that can affect the immune system which include, chemicals in the diet, the atmosphere and in personal products, stress, certain medications and trauma. The immune suppressing medications are usually prescribed as a way of treating rheumatoid arthritis by slowing the aggressive attack on joint tissues, but these can have side effects such as lowered immunity to infections since the whole immune system is compromised. The aim is to improve the health of the immune system so it can function normally again. This is best done by reviewing your diet and eating as many fresh unprocessed foods as possible and cutting out all sugar and refined carbohydrates. The aim is to keep your food and water pure, so if you can afford organic produce, then this will help.

A natural way of treating rheumatoid arthritis and the immune system is by removing toxins stored in the body by detoxifying. There are products on the market that claim to detox the body, but it can be done gradually by following a good diet, drinking plenty of pure water and taking vitamins and minerals that you may be deficient in.

Many holistic healers believe that too much acid in the body’s cells can negatively affect the immune system. Treating rheumatoid arthritis by eating an alkaline diet is thought to improve health and immunity. We’ll go into more details of this in another article.

So what’s the best way to start treating rheumatoid arthritis? Firstly visit your doctor and follow his advice. Start a good diet straight away, following the recommendations above. You can try a gentle detox, but follow your doctor’s advice. It’s vital to have a good relationship with your doctor. If not find another one. A naturopath could also be a huge help.

Eating an alkaline diet may help as well. The only way to know is to try it for a few weeks. People are all different so this may work well for you, or it may not. The best way of treating rheumatoid arthritis can vary from person to person and it’s worth experimenting to see what works for you.

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