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are there any natural treatments for rheumatoid arthritis that have been proven to be helpful?

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Dr. Haleh Agdassi
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
Further research: In general there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that complimentary alternative medicine therapies are safe/effective for rheumatoid arthritis. Some mind-body therapies and supplements may be good adjunctive treatments (could possibly decrease pain in joints) but especially dietary supplements should be discussed with your doctor for potential interactions with conventional medicine.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Several.: Several, but of limited benefit. 3-omega fatty acids help reduce inflammation. Type two collagen (in chicken soup) was shown to help in a harvard study. Others do not pass the "smell" test.

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