‘Natural’ not Always ‘Safe’ for Arthritis
- As read in Silver and Gold FALL 2018 issue. Read more HERE!
According to studies by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), some mind and body practices, and dietary supplements such as fish oils, may help people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) manage their symptoms. However, NCCIH cautions that some complementary health approaches – particularly dietary supplements – may have side effects or may interact with conventional medical treatments, or vice versa.
Although many dietary supplements
(and some prescription drugs)
come from natural sources,
“natural” does not always mean “safe”.
Conventional treatments are highly effective in slowing or stopping permanent joint damage in RA, however NCCIH cautions to always tell ALL your health care providers about any complementary health approach to be used, which will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
A 2010 systematic review looked at mindfulness meditation and relaxation training on the physical and psychological symptoms associated with RA, and found some evidence that these techniques may be helpful in coping with pain and depression often associated with RA. In addition, clinical trials on RA have found that fish oil supplements may help to relieve tender joints and morning stiffness, but again, should be always consulted with all health care practitioners prior to adding to the diet. •
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