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Should I ask my doctor about complementary care for RA?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

You definitely should talk to your doctor about complementary care for RA. There are some very good conventional treatments, and there are very good complementary therapies that do just that, they complement regular therapy.  For starters the Mediterranean diet is a healthy diet that is also an anti-inflammatory diet that can help patients with RA.  Exercise is also very important. 

Fish oil also has strong anti-inflammatory properties. In addition there are some herbal remedies that contain anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric and ginger that have been noted to be helpful. Zyflamend is a supplement that contains these spices among others and is something I commonly recommend to my arthritis patients.

Therapies such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, yoga and tai chi can help with pain, flexibility and strength.  It is important that no matter what alternatives you choose that you do it in partnership with your primary care physcian.

 

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