Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that usually affects the lining of smaller joints like fingers and toes. With time, it can even affect the knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. Eventually, it can result in bone erosion and joint deformity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2007, there were about 1.5 million Americans suffering from this disease. It is more common in women than men. It is usually diagnosed in people over age 40, however, younger adults and even children can have it. Other risk factors include family history, environmental factors like smoking, exposure to silica mineral and chronic periodontal disease.
Also known as RA, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the membranes that surround the joints (synovium). It is not known what starts this process. Symptoms of RA come and go. When the body tissues are inflamed, the disease is active and leads to symptoms including muscle and joint aches, swelling, morning stiffness, and fatigue. When the tissue inflammation subsides, the disease is inactive and symptoms go away.
There is no known cure for RA. However, medicines as well as many home remedies can ease the symptoms and provide relief. Here are the top 10 home remedies for rheumatoid arthritis.