Rheumatoid arthritis is a typical inflammatory disease that initially affects one particular joint on the hands, knees or feet. It develops in stages, with periods of abatement, and then spreads to multiple joints. The disease begins with inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the joint, and the cause is that the body's immune system attacks the membrane, reacting as if it were an infection caused by foreign bodies.

The actual causes are not known. According to the most plausible theory, the trigger for rheumatoid arthritis is a combination of several factors, including an abnormal autoimmune response, a genetic predisposition, and a viral or bacterial infection. The inflammatory process is a byproduct of the immune system that fights infection and heals wounds and injuries. In the event of an injury or infection, white blood cells are mobilized to rid the body of all foreign proteins, such as viruses. Accumulations of white blood cells in the area of injury or infection cause an inflammatory process in the affected areas. A healthy organism controls and limits inflammatory processes, but in rheumatoid arthritis certain defects, probably of a genetic nature, support this process. Although much is known, the factors that lead to this self-destructive state are still unknown.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects about one percent of the population, mostly women, who are three times more at risk than men. In susceptible individuals, the disease can be caused by a bacteriological or viral infection, and often occurs due to a family-inherited disease of the autoimmune system. Early signs may appear around the age of twenty-five or during menopause, and manifest as discomfort and occasional joint pain, stiffness and swelling of the affected joint, increased pain that interferes with sleep, joint deformity, anemia, fatigue, weight loss, sometimes fever and pain in muscles.


- Avoid eating meat, salt, denatured and fabricated foods, strong spices, sugar, chocolate and sweets, or foods that contain too many carbohydrates, and eat more vegetables instead
- Reduce excess weight if it is excessive to reduce pressure on the jointsbr> - Avoid unnecessary fatigue
- Avoid alcohol as it causes contraindications if taken with antirheumatic agents
- Acupuncture
- Instead of strong painkillers, gently flex your joints
- Swim because there is less strain on the joints in the water
- Take extra vitamin B and trace elements that have a beneficial effect on bone tissue (copper, manganese, sulfur)
- Eat oily fish from cold seas
- In acute inflammation, apply cold compresses over the joints, and in chronic inflammations, apply warm compresses, especially with the addition of clay
- Apply compresses of mashed cheese, potatoes, mustard, trine and bran
- Drink teas made from horseradish and elderberry, linden flower, nettle, celosia, thyme and birch leaves
- Take tinctures and capsules of nettle, willow, harpagophyte and turmeric
- Baths with the addition of essential oils of lavender, eucalyptus, marigold, sandalwood, thyme or add sulfur to the bath
- Apply hot pepper cream three times a day
- Exercise regularly especially when your joints are not acutely inflamed


Make sure to visit the doctor.