Can any type of arthritis be reversed?
Yes, it is possible to reverse all types of arthritis. There are many different methods and medicines available today that have been proven effective in reversing various forms of arthritis. Some examples include:
1) Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen sodium (Aleve), diclofensine (Voltaren), celecoxib (Celebrex).
These medications work by reducing inflammation. They may not completely stop the disease from progressing, but they do reduce its severity and speed up healing time.
2) Anti-rejection drugs such as prednisone (Deltasone), cyclophosphamide (Cytarab), etoposide (Etoposide), methotrexate (Herceptin).
These medications work by killing off immune cells that are attacking your body’s tissues.
3) Other medications such as steroids or immunomodulators.
These medications work by boosting your own immune system so it doesn’t attack healthy tissue anymore. They are usually used when other treatments haven’t worked well enough.
4) Natural remedies such as herbs like gingko biloba, ginkgo leaf extract, green tea, red clover tea, and ginger root.
These natural medicines can help strengthen your body’s defenses against infections and diseases. They have also been proven to improve blood circulation.
5) Physical therapy such as ultrasound, massage, and electric stimulation devices that help improve blood and nerve supply to the affected area.
In addition to medical treatments there are also several non-medical methods for treating arthritis:
1) Exercise such as swimming, biking, walking, jogging, hiking, aerobics, weight lifting, and other physical activities.
These methods work by increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your joints, which decreases pain and swelling.
2) Yoga, tai chi, qigong, and other mind-body techniques such as meditation, relaxation techniques, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization.
These methods increase flexibility, strength, and balance. They also help decrease stress and build up your immune system so it can fight off sicknesses and diseases.
3) Other natural remedies such as fish oil supplements, borage oil (derived from the borage plant), evening primrose oil (derived from the evening primrose herb), horse chestnut (derived from the horse chestnut tree), and probiotics (beneficial bacteria that are good for your digestive system).
These natural treatments nourish your joints and improve blood flow to your muscles. They also increase the natural chemicals, such as serotonin and endorphins, that make you feel good.
Some people choose to use a combination of medical and non-medical methods to treat their arthritis. Many people have reported that they have had success using these methods. Your healthcare provider can help you decide what treatment is best for you.
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