A new study, published in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, suggests that an 8-week yoga regimen may relieve physical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the psychological distress caused by the condition.
To examine the effect of this physical exercise, the researchers included 72 people with rheumatoid arthritis who were actively practicing yoga. All participants were divided into 2 groups. Both groups continued taking disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). At the same time, one group had 120-minute yoga sessions five times per week, for 8 weeks in total.
The lead study author Dr. Rima Dada, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Anatomy at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, writes: “Our findings show measurable improvements for the patients in the test group, suggesting an immune-regulatory role of yoga practice in the treatment of RA. An intensive yoga regimen,” she continued, “concurrent with routine drug therapy induced molecular remission and re-established immunological tolerance. In addition, it reduced the severity of depression by promoting neuroplasticity.”
A new study from the United Kingdom, published in the Journal of Autoimmunity, finds that vitamin D may prevent inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. This vitamin strengthens the immune system helping prevent the body from attacking healthy cells and causing autoimmune conditions of this kind.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed blood samples and joint fluid samples from rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Study author Dr. Louisa Jeffery from the University of Birmingham says: “Our research indicated that maintaining sufficient vitamin D may help to prevent the onset of an inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis.”
Miscellaneous: yogurt (curd), green tea, basil (tulsi) tea.
Dr. Bhawna Gupta says: “Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis should switch from omnivorous diets, drinking alcohol, and smoking [adhering to] Mediterranean, vegan, elemental, or elimination diets, as advised by their doctor or dietician.”