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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting several joints of those of the hands and the feets. For instance, the patient experience pain on his or her right thigh and complain of similar things on the left thigh. In fact the symptoms may come and go which affect both adult and young people. Few people develop fleshy lumps called rheumatoid nodules that form under the skin around the affected joints. They can be painful sometimes but usually are not.

This article is to analyze causes, symptoms, diet and rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

There’s no agreement about the specific cause but some scientists believed it can be caused by:

  1. Virus: Scientists believed it can be caused by virus which cause joint inflammation because those virus live in the joints for long period of time undetected before their influence is felt.
  2. Immuno Deficiency Syndrome: It is a condition which antibodies that are meant to fight foreign body agent in the body, begin to attack the body joint as well as causing pain, fatigue, and inflammation.
  3. Diet: There are some evidence that you may be having higher chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis, if you eat lot of red meat and don’t take vitamin C.
  4. Environment: Certain environmental exposure have been found to increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis including exposure to abestos and silica.
  5. Genetics: If you have family members who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Your chances of suffering from it may increase.
  6. SMOKING: Cigarrette smoking increases your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  7. SEX: It is rampant or common among women than men.
  8. WEIGHT: Over weight or obese  people have higher chances of suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
  9. AGE: It may affect adult of several age but it is common among people between the ages of 40 and 60.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid arthritis begins with pain and stiffness in one or two joints, mostly hands and feet which comes and goes initially. It later become worse when you wake up in the morning but wears off during the day. Slowly, the pain become more serious with continous swelling and inflammation in the joints, making moving or touching the affected parts painful. If it spread to other parts of the body such as elbows, knees, hips, waist, ankles, shoulder and neck. As the condition continous the sufferer feel weak, tired, feverish and pale. Both eyes become dry due to tears reduction, the mouth becomes dry as a result of salivary fluid reduction that leads to loss of appetite and weight loss.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

Diets plays important roles in controling or managing the inflammation or swelling that wreck havock in the body, providing nutrients to the body and help in the maintenance of healthy weight. But diet will not cure rheumatoid arthritis rather it will help you to manage it. The foods to eat include:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables of different varieties: Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals the body needs and polyphenols that reduce C – reactive protein (CRP) a marker of inflammation.
  • Eat Nuts: Such as walnuts, hazelnut, pistachios, peanuts (ground nuts) and almond. They contain mono saturated fat that are heart friendly. Consume them in moderation because they are high in calories.
  • Diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol: Oil such as olive oil contain oleocanthal that act as pain reliever when included in your diet in moderation.
  • Consume whole grains: May reduce C – reactive protein (CRP) and lessen the risk of  heart ❤️ disease risk in people we with rheumatoid arthritis. Examples of such grains are brown rice, whole wheat, quinoa, oats, millet, et cetra.
  • Peas and beans: These legumes are source of protein that aid in muscle health, fat free, rich in zinc, folic acid, iron, magnesium and potassium which make it to have positive impact on the immune system and the heart of people with rheumatoid arthritis. Good examples are pigeon pea, red kidney beans, black eyed peas, garbanzo, et cetra.
  • ALWAYS exercise your body.
  • DRINK lot of water as your body can TAKE.

Foods To Avoid

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) ailment should have control over what they eat. They should avoid refined grains, added sugars, saturated fat and processed foods with high preservatives levels. It is imperative that rheumatoid arthritis sufferer avoid processed and artificial drinks as well as: ice cream, biscuits, sugar, et cetra. Do not take coffee ☕, alcohol and beverages (or do so in moderation) and avoid smoking.

People with rheumatoid arthritis are commonly observed to be deficient in the following minerals and vitamins which are: vitamin C, B6, B12, E, D, folic acid, calcium, selenium and folic acid. Taking vitamin D and calcium supplement are necessary to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. You can get those supplement from your doctor. However, prolonged taking of rheumatoid arthritis medications may be associated with conditions such as gastritis or peptic ulcer (stomach ulcer) that frequently reduce your desire to eat.

Also, knowing the foods to eat and foods to avoid will strengthen your bones, repairs damaged joints and tissues, to boost your immune system to fight viruses and bacteria to control the ailment to a nearest minimum.

This write-up is not meant to be a substitute to where the service of medical professional is urgently needed.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS TREATMENT

1) FENUGREEK (Ewedu in Yoruba; Kerenkeren in Igbo; Idooma in Idoma; Hulba, Ayoyo in Hausa) It contains analgesic and anti inflammatory properties that treat pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in 200 ml cup of water over night. In the morning, 30 minutes before break fast chew the SEEDS and drink the water. OR: Blend fresh FENUGREEK leaves in water. Drink 200 ml twice in a day.

2) MAREYA MICRANTHA (Oke oruma in Igbo; Uhosa in Edo) Boil the bark of MAREYA MICRANTHA in water. Massage the affected area gently by soaking clean cloth in the mareya micrantha tea decoction that is luke warm. Do it morning and evening.

3) CAYENNE PEPPER (Ilufemi, Ata ijosin in Yoruba; Ose oyinbo in Igbo; Barkono in Hausa; Isie in Benin; Usira in Esan; Apoko eeke in Idoma) It contains compound known as CAPSAICIN that reduce and strengthen your immune system because it is a good source of vitamin C and beta carotene. Add cayenne pepper in your diet.

4) TINOSPORIA CORDIFOLIA (Hearth leaf in English; Epa ikun in Yoruba) Prepare tea decoction of TINOSPORIA CORDIFOLIA. Add 1 pinch of Black pepper powder (Masooroo in Hausa; uziza in Igbo; Ata iyere in Yoruba) to 100 ml of TINOSPORIA CORDIFOLIA tea decoction. Mix them together and drink. Do take it two times a day.

5) JUNIPER ESSENTIAL OIL: Blend 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil with 5 drops of juniper essential oil. Mix them thoroughly. Massage the affected area gently with the oil. After half an hour, soak towel or dab in lukewarm water. Gently massage the affected area with it. Do it once a day.

6) TETRAPLEURA TETRAPTERA (Aidan, Aridan in Yoruba; ; Owuglo in Idoma; Uhiokriho, Oshosho, Osakirisa in Igbo; Dawo in Hausa; Uyayak in Ibibio; Edeminang in Efik) It extract contains anti inflammatory properties that can aid in reducing inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Crush the pods or break them in to pieces. Include little quantity in your cooking water. After it might had boiled for 10 minutes or once the water have change color. Remove the crushed pods and throw them away. Cook your food with the water. OR: Drink 50 ml of the tea decoction. Drink two times a day.

7) CINNAMON BARK (Kirfa in Hausa; Oloorun in Yoruba) Put half teaspoon of Cinnamon bark powder, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 🍋 (Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Itie – akpaenfi in Urhobo; Omi osan gayin in Yoruba; Ruwa Baba lemu in Hausa) and 1 tablespoon of organic pure honey 🍯 in 150 ml lukewarm water. Mix them thoroughly and drink. Do it two times a day.

8) CINNAMON ESSENTIAL OIL: Mix 15 drops of cinnamon essential oil with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a tin. Put the tin that contain oil in it hot water. After it become lukewarm, gently massage the affected area with the mixture. Do it two times a day.

9) GARLIC (Tafarnuwa in Hausa; Ayuu in Igbo; Alubosa ayu in Yoruba) Crushed fresh garlic pods mix with little water to form a paste. Mix one pinch of Black pepper with the crushed half tablespoon of the garlic. Do it two times a day.

10) ONION (Alubosa in Yoruba; Yabasi in Igbo; Albasa in Hausa; Ayim in Efik; Alubarha in Edo) Crush an onion in to juice. Add 1 pinch of cayenne pepper with 1 tablespoon of crushed onion juice. Take it two times a day before your meal.

11) OCIMUM GRATISSIMUM (Scent leaf, basil leaf in English; Doddoya in Hausa; Arigbe, Nchuanwu in Igbo; Ayeneba in Idoma; Effinrin in Yoruba; Ebavbok in Bini; Ira in Urhobo) It contains citronellol, eugenol and linalool which are compound that reduces inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Blend fresh leaves of OCIMUM GRATISSIMUM in water. Drink 150 ml two times a day. Drink 150 ml twice a day. OR: You can include slightly boiled scent leaves in your diet.

REFERENCES

https://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis

https://www.medicinenet.com/rheumatoid_arthritis/article.htm

https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353653




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