Rheumatoid arthritis often plays second fiddle to osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis. Although the treatment for both forms of arthritis are fairly similar, the nature and effects of each condition can be very different. Even though both conditions cause pain in the joints, rheumatoid arthritis is not as gradual as osteoarthritis and often effects more parts of the body. Thankfully, there are many natural, essential oils that can help relieve this joint pain. But first, lets take a deeper look into what rheumatoid arthritis really is.
The Essential Oil and Coconut Oil Salve ANYONE With Rheumatoid Arthritis Needs to Know About
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis that is considered a chronic inflammatory disorder. It is an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack the body’s joints leading to pain, inflammation and swelling. This is opposed to osteoarthritis which is caused by wear and tear.
Rheumatoid arthritis has a rapid onset time, meaning it can reach its full potential in a matter of months. It can also occur during any point in your life, unlike osteoarthritis which generally affects people only as they get older.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
Rheumatoid arthritis also causes symptoms that are not found to accompany osteoarthritis. These include having a lot of stiffness in the joints during the morning that lasts for over an hour after you wake up. The joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis also tends to effect more of the body than osteoarthritis. Since it is an immune system disorder it also effects your energy levels, making you feel lethargic, fatigued and just weak and ill in general.
Rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t only cause damage to the joints. In some people, it has also been found to damage a wide variety of systems and organs found in the body, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints. This causes a painful swelling that can result in erosion of the bones and joint deformity over time. Even with most typical treatment options, rheumatoid arthritis can still cause physical disability.
Typical Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Many of those who want treatment for their rheumatoid arthritis are often looking for ways to get rid of the debilitating pain that it causes them. As a result, many of them resort to pharmaceutical remedies such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other drugs that do contain steroids. Here are some of the side effects of the most common forms of treatment for arthritis:
- Upset stomach
- Stomach ulcers
- Elevated blood fat
- Elevated blood sugar
- Increased risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke
- Increased appetite
- Loss of bone density
- Increased risk of infection
- Redness and swelling of injection site
Although these treatments may be effective at reducing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, it is likely that the person taking them would have to look for more remedies to treat the side-effects of these drugs. Thankfully, there is a natural alternative that does not come with all of the harmful side effects.
Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Various studies have shown that either the oral consumption, topical or aromatic use of certain essential oils is able to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Here are the 3 best essential oils for rheumatoid arthritis.
Turmeric essential oil was found to have anti-inflammatory properties that are specific to joints. According to a study conducted in 2010, researchers found that giving rats an oral dose of turmeric essential oil provided protective effects on the joints of rats by reducing the inflammation found in them. This led researchers to believe that turmeric essential oil could be effective at preventing or slowing down the progress of rheumatoid arthritis and reducing the severity of symptoms caused by it.
Hinoki essential oil comes from the Hinoki cypress, a slow-growing tree that is native to Japan. Hinoki essential oil if often used to treat allergic diseases due to it’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. One study evaluated the efficiency that hinoki essential oil had on rats suffering from arthritis. The researches found that rats treated with the essential oil experienced a significant reduction in both inflammation and joint pain.
Evening primrose essential oil has been found to be a sufficient replacement for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In one study, 16 patients with rheumatoid arthritis were given 540 milligrams of evening primrose essential oil a day. There was also a control group that was given a placebo. After 12 months of treatment, those who were taking the evening primrose essential oil had significantly reduced the amount of NSAIDs they were taking without experiencing an increase in arthritic symptoms. Those who were receiving nothing but NSAIDs experienced a relapse in their symptoms after 3 months of treatment.
Many studies have looked at the topical effects of essential oils on joint pain. This means the effects of rubbing essential oil into the surface of your skin, usually on the area of your body that is causing pain.
If you are going to use essential oil for treating pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, create a simple salve by mixing a few drops of whatever essential oil you plan on using with around half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Rub this into the area on your body that is causing pain.
If you plan on orally ingesting essential oil I would advise you to speak with a certified aromatherapist as a lot of complications and possibly harmful side effects can occur from consuming essential oils. Let us know if this information helped you with your joint pain in the comments.
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