RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS NON – DRUG TREATMENT OPTIONS
1. REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF MICROBES DRIVING CHRONIC INFECTIONS
Reducing the overall number of these infectious bugs which drive autoimmune diseases, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, is a key consideration. Unfortunately, many of the bugs inhabiting our bodies have developed resistance to antibiotics, which makes killing them off harder to do. Some herbs and essential oils, including berberine, lemongrass, oregano oil, and clove oil, have shown promise in fighting these types of bugs. Even good old freshly crushed garlic can help with this! Check with your healthcare practitioner for other agents which may be useful in combating these resistant microbes.
2. SUPPORT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
One of the major problems associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis conventional treatment is that the drugs commonly prescribed act to suppress the immune system, such as methotrexate, in order to stop the body attacking itself, weaken your immune system. Whilst this may have the desired effect on symptoms in the short term, it does not help reduce any persistent chronic infections, and may actually weaken the immune system to such a point that it renders your body susceptible to even more infections.
Providing the right type of immune support, alongside medications, is critical, as you do not want the effects of one to negate the other. Consulting with a healthcare practitioner on the best method to do this is key, however there is one thing you may wish to do first. And that is to get your Vitamin D levels checked! If you are deficient, you will need to boost your Vitamin D, as it is a critical component of immune support. Zinc, a mineral commonly available in supplements, and nuts and seeds, (pepitas are a good source), is another major player in immune support. Getting enough in your diet is an important part of helping to support your immune system. Regular moderate exercise is another excellent way to support your immune system also.