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Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a problem with the joints. It causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and problems moving.

There is no cure. It is managed with medicine and healthy habits. Some people may need surgery. Homeopathy has been used by some to further manage symptoms. It should not be used in place of standard care.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess:
  • Homeopathy4-6
  • Standard care plus homeopathy3
  • No homeopathic remedies have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES TO BE USED WITH CAUTION

    Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.

    References

    REF1
    Homeopathy: what you need to know. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website. Available at: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/homeopathy. Accessed October 11, 2021.

    REF2
    Posadzki P, Alotaibi A, et al. Adverse effects of homeopathy: a systematic review of published case reports and case series. Int J Clin Pract. 2012 Dec;66(12):1178-88. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12026. PMID: 23163497.

    REF3
    Gibson RG, Gibson SLM, MacNeill AD, Buchanan WW. Homeopathic therapy in rheumatoid arthritis: evaluation by double blind clinical therapeutic trial. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 1980;9:453–459.

    REF4
    Wiesenauer M, Gaus W. A randomized double blind trial on the efficiency of a homeopathic drug for rheumatoid arthritis [translated from German]. Aktuel Rheumatol. 1991;16:1–9.

    REF5
    Fisher P, Scott DL. A randomized controlled trial of homeopathy in rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2001;40:1052–1055.

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