Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis Handout

Integrative Recommendations for Rheumatoid Arthritis
July 12, 2008

Recommendations are derived from a substantial amount of specific research data concerning an integrative approach to the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and include as well general measures to reduce the overall amount of inflammation in your body. Simultaneously reducing stress levels and improving skills of stress management are felt to maximize your own healing response and should help to reduce flares of the illness.

Exercise
Mind- Body Techniques
Meditation is highly recommended for all patients with severe generalized inflammation, if they are willing to devote some time on a daily basis to examining the connections of mind, body, and spirit. Consider learning vipassana meditation, enrolling in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, available here at Osher or elsewhere, or taking classes with other instructors.
. Relaxation exercises and the development of improved methods to cope with stress are also believed helpful, possibly through the use of Tai Chi, Yoga, or similar body based meditative practice.
Reflective or disclosure journaling is often helpful, particularly writing regarding emotionally charged events in your life.

Removing toxins
Eliminate coffee and tobacco. Make alcohol are rare treat, if at all.
Consider elimination of commonly offending foods, with or without IgG food sensitivity testing. Dairy, wheat, citrus, and nuts are common culprits. Total elimination of suspected foods from your diet for three weeks followed by reintroduction of each food separately may be revealing.
Shift to an organic based diet, including dairy, eggs, and meat products. At least avoid the more pesticide laden foods