|CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT||POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS OF CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT*||ADVANTAGES OF HOMEOPATHY|
|Immune modulators||Weakening of the bones||No side-effects|
|Pain killers and opoids||Short-term relief||Long-term solutions|
|Long term may cause peptic ulcers|
*Treatment effects may vary from person to person
Homeopathic treatment aims at offering a symptomatic relief to patients of RA and correcting altered immunity in order to control the progress of the disease. The treatment also helps in delaying the onset of complications such as deformities or disability as far as possible.
Being a holistic system of medicine that heals the body as well as the mind, homeopathy can effectively target auto-immune disorders like RA, especially those in which stress is the known trigger. There have been multitudes of RA patients who have reaped the benefits of this wonderful science of homeopathy.
Conventional treatment for RA consists of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which have the risk of damaging the stomach lining, causing bleeding ulcers, or corticosteroids, which can cause high blood pressure and bone brittleness amongst other side effects. Homeopathy, on the other hand, provides safe and sure solutions. It relieves pain and stiffness associated with RA as well as strengthens immunity of the body so that patients may live productive and pain-free lives.
In a double-blind controlled study conducted in Britain in 1980, 82% of the group that received homeopathic treatment reported significant improvement in their symptoms of RA compared with just 21% in the control group, receiving placebos. The subjects in this study had received individually prescribed constitutional homeopathic remedies.
In another study, 54 patients of RA were treated with homeopathy and 41 patients were treated with high dose of salicylate (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). Both these groups were compared with 100 patients who received placebo. The study concluded that patients who received homeopathy did better than those who received salicylate. In addition, patients who received homeopathic treatment did not experience toxic effects. This study clearly demonstrated that homeopathy provides an effective solution for RA and is safe from side effects. It is strongly suggested that patients opt for homeopathic treatment as early as possible for their condition.
Living with RA
Living with RA may not be very easy but certain changes in diet and lifestyle can surely go a long way in simplifying the lives of patients. Based on our experience of treating a large number of cases of RA with good results in most cases, we have seen that the following self-help tips are immensely useful to patients suffering from RA:
Homeopathic treatment, along with these diet and lifestyle changes, can certainly go a long way in treating RA and controlling the symptoms as far as possible.