Mon, 18 Dec 2017

Role of Herbs in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fatima Grace Xavier1*, Joan Vijetha Ratchagar 1, Shanmuganathan Seetharaman1Shanthi Sivasubramanian1, Latha Somasundaram1,

1.Faculty of Pharmacy, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai – 600116


ABSTRACT

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease where the immune system of the body which normally protects the body by fighting against infection and diseases instead targets the body. The immune system attacks the tissue that lines the joints causing pain, swelling and stiffness in the joint and affecting the ability to work properly. Early treatment to avoid permanent joint damage is the key for preventing disability and progression. The treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis combines many approaches with drug, exercise, change in lifestyle etc. It also includes alternative methods i.e with herbal medicines. Many plants and plant products have been proven and many are under scientific exploration to develop a novel therapeutic agent for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Keywords: Herbs, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Medicine, Immunity, Inflammation.


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