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Rheumatoid Arthritis

DESCRIPTION

Affecting 1 to 3% of the population, rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic, auto-immune disease in which antibodies attack joint tissue. In the early stages, the disease causes Fatigue, low grade fever, weakness, joint stiffness, and mild joint Pain. As it progresses, sufferers may experience tender and painful joints, swelling, deformation of joints, and change in skin colour over the affected areas.

The cause of the immune reaction remains unknown, although some have speculated that genetics, lifestyle factors, or food allergies may play a role. Common treatments include physical therapy, exercise, massage, heat, or any number of anti-inflammatory medications.

HERBS

Devil's Claw (8)
Hawthorn
Feverfew
Ginger (7)
Liquorice
White Willow (9)

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Copper (4)
DL-phenylalanine (6)
Fish Oil (5)
Glucosamine Sulphate (12)
Manganese (11)
Pantothenic Acid (2)
Quercetin
Vitamin C (10)
Vitamin E (1)
Zinc (3)

HOMOEOPATHY

Merc sol.
General burning rheumatic Pains, especially at night.
Pain may feel as if it is "in the bones."
Cold clammy sweat.

REFERENCES

1. Fairburn K, Grootveld M, Ward RJ, et al. Alpha-tocopherol, lipids and lipoproteins in knee-joint synovial fluid and serum from patients with inflammatory joint disease. Clin Sci 1992;83:657-64.
2. General Practitioner Research Group. Calcium pantothenate in arthritic conditions. Practitioner 1980;224:208-211.
3. Peretz A, Neve J, Jeghers O, Pelen F. Zinc distribution in blood components, inflammatory status, and clinical indexes of disease activity during Zinc supplementation in inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Am J Clin Nutr 1993;57:690-94.
4. DiSilvestro RA, Marten J, Skehan M. Effects of Copper supplementation on ceruloplasmin and Copper?Zinc superoxide dismutase in free?living rheumatoid Arthritis patients. J Am Coll Nutr 1992;11:177-80.
5. van der Tempel H, Tulleken JE, Limburg PC, et al. Effects of Fish Oil supplementation in rheumatoid Arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis 1990;49:76-80.
6. Balagot RC, Ehrenpreis S, Kubota K, et al. Analgesia in mice and humans by D-phenylalanine: Relation to inhibition of enkephalin degradation and enkephalin levels. Adv Pain Res Ther 1983;5:289-93.
7. Srivastava KC, Mustafa T. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) in rheumatism and musculoskeletal disorders. Med Hypoth 1992;39:342-48.
8. Bone K. The story of devil?s claw: Is it an herbal antirheumatic? Nutrition and Healing 1998;October:3,4,8 [review].
9. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al, eds. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin: American Botanical Council and Boston: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 230.
10. Mullen A, Wilson CWM. The metabolism of ascorbic acid in rheumatoid Arthritis, Proc. Nutr. Sci. 35:8A-9A, 1976.
11. Cotzias GC, et al: Slow turnover of Manganese in active rheumatoid Arthritis and acceleration by prednisone, J Clin Invest. 47:992, 1968.
12. Vidal Y, et al: Articular cartilage pharmacology, In vitro studies on glucosamine and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Pharmacol Res Commun, 1978, 10 (6): 557-69.

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