Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, with progressive clinical course that brings on joint destruction and functional disability over a period of time.
This condition along with the joints can also affect the other organs like lungs, heart , skin, blood vessels and muscles.
Why do people suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) ?
Numerous factors like genetic, systemic, environmental, emotional and physical factors are involved in the pathogenesis of RA. Gender predominance is observed esp more in females. Cigarette smoking is a strong risk factor for developing RA and also associates with greater severity. Emotional and physical stress not only act as predisposing factors but also triggers the acute exacerbations of the disease.
What are the symptoms?
1) Pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints
2) Morning stiffness usually (> 1 hr)
3) Arthritis of three or more joints and mostly small joints of the hands, wrists and feet are involved
4) Range of motion of joints is limited
5) Lumps under the skin (rheumatoid nodules) usually seen in people with severe RA, and in those who have cigarette smoking habit. Similar nodules may occur in lungs and heart affecting their function.
6) In later stages deformities of hands and legs develop
7) Loss of appetite, weight loss and fatigue are common and may occur throughout the disease course.
How is RA diagnosed?
1) Clinical representation
2) Rheumatoid factor (RF)
3) Radiological changes
4) Anti- Ccp antibody is highly specific for RA.
What are the complications of RA?
If RA is not well controlled, it can cause widespread inflammation in other parts of your body, such as the,
Lungs – pleurisy, which can cause chest pain and breathlessness.
Heart – Pericarditis, causing chest pain.
Blood vessels – vasculitis, it can affect the blood flow to the organs and if not controlled could lead to life threatening conditions.
Eyes – Scleritis, which cause eye redness, dryness and pain.
Homeopathy Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis :
We all know that a disease manifests in two distinct zones, central and periphery, called the dynamics of the disease.
The disturbance caused in the central zone i,e soul of a person from experiencing stress, might be due to environmental, physical and emotional in a genetically predisposed, provokes the individual to adapt to the stress and later manifesting in the peripheral zone causing local disturbances.
Each individual has specific constitution. By this, we mean that each person has specific individual body, mind and disease. That is the reason different people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis at different times with varied severity. Homoeopathy is a holistic medicine, which heals, not the disease but the individual having the disease. So, a homoeopath selects the remedy basing on mental disposition and physical attributes of the person.
It has been verified and emphasized that emotional stress, a psychosomatic factor is the prime reason behind rheumatoid arthritis aetiology. Each and every individual reacts to the stress in accordance with his constitution and temperament which reflect in symptoms, both psychological and physical. So, a homoeopath identifies the stress causing the disease in a person and treats it with the similar remedy which brings on significant improvement , as the disease state is removed.