What Are Home Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Ask the experts

My mother has rheumatoid arthritis in her feet and ankles. Are there any non-medicinal treatments for RA? She won't take medicine.

Doctor's response

If your mother truly has rheumatoid arthritis (RA)--there are many forms of inflammatory arthritis that mimic RA--it is absolutely necessary that she understand more about the disease because treatment is very important. RA is an immunological condition in which the immune system is misguided, resulting in inflammation in the tissue that surrounds the joints. The result of the inflammation goes beyond just the pain, swelling, redness, and warmth that your mother may be having; it leads to permanent destruction of cartilage and bone, as well as deformity that can be crippling. Fortunately, we have extremely effective medicines to stop progression of the disease and prevent destruction of the joints. It is essential that your mother understand this. While home remedies, such as cold packs, rest, and elevation, may make her feel somewhat better, they will not prevent the progressive destruction of her joints.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


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Reviewed on 6/7/2017