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Natural Remedies for Reactive Arthritis

By Joanna Karpasea-Jones
 
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Reactive arthritis is an auto-immune disorder. It always starts as a result of an immune system challenge, such as a sexually transmitted infection or a virus. The rubella virus, both wild and its vaccine variety, are known for their ability to trigger reactive arthritis.

Wendy Satterthwaite, a former nurse and currently a Clinical Nutritionalist, said
“Reactive arthritis is always related to a pathogen. As the majority of the immune system is in the gut, you should start by treating the gut, and then the genito-urinary tract.”

In most cases of reactive arthritis, there is active infection found in the gut and/or genitals. You can confirm this by having some tests done at your doctor’s office or alternatively, there are private laboratories that specialize in testing for pathogens via swabs or stool or urine samples. Once you have identified the infection and treated that, you are half way to a recovery.

Natural Pain Relief

The next step on the road to recovery is to ease the pain of your arthritis. A nutritionalist would do this using herbs and spices. Turmeric has been used traditionally to treat the pain of arthritis because of its ability to reduce inflammation. It has been used for centuries as part of Ayuvedic medicine and is used frequently by Indian cultures for medicinal purposes, rather than just as a food flavoring.

Researchers believe that the curcumin it contains works by shutting down the protein that causes the inflammatory response in the body. Gregory Cole, a professor of Medicine and Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has conducted several studies on the spice, and says

“There is a need for better, safer drugs to treat inflammatory conditions. If it is not curcumin, we need something a lot like curcumin — something cheap and safe with a long history of use, and no side effects.”

As more than 21 million American adults suffer from arthritis, this is very important. Turmeric can be taken as a spice with food, or in tablet form of between 500-1,000mgs daily.

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