Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition that will result in inflamed joints, weak bones and take a toll on the immune system. One might ask, are there foods I can eat that will ease Rheumatism? Yes, there are! Let’s take a look at what are some helpful foods that can relieve the aches and pains you feel.
Some Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to help with rheumatism and have proved beneficial. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), arthritis arises when the flow of blood and Qi are blocked from passing throughout the body. Qi is the central underlying principle in TCM. TCM explains that when wind, moisture and the cold enter the body, they cause stiffness and aches in muscles, tendons and joints. Herbal medicines and diet changes are some of the best methods TCM practitioners use to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Dang Gui nourishes blood, facilitates blood flow and prevents external factors such as cold, wind and dampness from entering the body and causing diseases. It is also known for treating cardiovascular diseases which is a common result of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Ginseng expels bad Qi and nourishes and replenishes the good Qi. It also supports the spleen and improves blood condition. Research shows that Red Ginseng extract decreases joint pain and lessens the severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis overall.
(Dang Gui and Ginseng are both ingredients in Huiji Waist Tonic!)
Léi Gōng Téng, also known as Thunder God Vine has been researched to show that consuming this herb triggered improvements in joint condition. It fights inflammation and has the added benefit of anti-cancer effects. The root extract can also be applied over the affected joints externally.
Other Food and Drink That Help
Fish fights inflammation! Salmon and Tuna are rich in Omega 3s and this battles against inflammation. Include at least 100g of fish, twice a week into your diet. People with Rheumatoid Arthritis are prone to developing cardiovascular diseases and Omega 3s also support the health of the heart.
Drink up to ease pain! Dehydration may be a major trigger for arthritis, so keep yourself well hydrated by drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. The clearer the colour of your urine, the better the level of hydration. Also, drinking warm water with lemon juice goes a long way in helping shed any extra pounds! Excess weight puts excess pressure on joints, causing them to ache more, so shedding any extra weight could help you relieve your paining joints whilst helping you look and feel better!