What is Rheumatoid Arthritis ?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the joints of hands and feet. The symptoms generally surface after 40 years of age and are mostly prevalent among women. However, the condition can affect children as young as 16 years of age and is known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Generally, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of joints, causing a painful swelling which ultimately results in bone erosion and joint deformity. Although, no proper treatment exists at present to treat rheumatoid arthritis, doctors usually focus on controlling its symptoms and combat joint pain and damage.

What causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where the immune system of a person’s body (a system that is supposed to protect the body from foreign bodies) fails to recognise the body’s own cells as harmless and attacks them. In this case, it does not recognise the cells of the synovial membranes as its own and thus, launches a defensive action against them. This in turn leads to swelling and pain in the joints, discomfort and general debility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms:

Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

1. Tender, warm, swollen joints

2. Morning stiffness that may last for hours

3. Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules)

4. Fatigue, fever and weight loss

Diet & Lifestyle

1. Increase intake of barley flour, horse gram (a type of bean), split green gram, honey, celery seeds, cumin seeds, dried ginger root powder, garlic, bitter gourd and castor oil.

2. Dont eat fish and milk together or milk and jaggery together.

3. Don’t take incompatible, heavy, and oily foods.

4. Avoid an improper diet and lifestyle, such as waking up late in the night, suppressing natural urges of the body, and getting direct exposure to cold winds.

5. Avoiding tobacco or cigarette smoking

6. Regular check-ups of joints and bones

7. Leading an active lifestyle (with regular exercise)

8. Eating a balanced and healthy diet

9 Lower your salt intake