Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause inflammation of the tissue around the joints, as well as in other organs in the body. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the bodies tissues are mistakenly attacked by their own immune system.
The immune system is a complex organization of cells and antibodies designed normally to "seek and destroy" invaders of the body, particularly infections. Patients with autoimmune diseases have antibodies in their blood that target their own body tissues, where they can be associated with inflammation. Because it can affect multiple other organs of the body, rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease.
CAUSES OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown.Tendency to develop rheumatoid arthritis may be genetically inherited. It is also suspected that certain infections or factors in the environment might trigger the activation of the immune system in susceptible individuals. This misdirected immune system then attacks the body's own tissues. This leads to inflammation in the joints and sometimes in various organs of the body, such as the lungs or eyes.
SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
- Tender, warm, swollen joints
- Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity
- Fatigue, fever and loss of appetite
- Muscle and joint aches, and stiffness.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
ANTIM CRUDE : Most suitable medicine for rheumatoid arthritis affecting finger joints. There is specific drawing pain is noted in finger joints which may worsen by cold application.There is chronic indigestion or gastric complaints may be accompanied to joint pains.Most recommended when joint pains get worsen when taking wine.