Rheumatoid arthritis treatment varies, but there have been a flurry of success stories in recent days. According to the “New York Times” European golfer José María Olazábal is returning to the game. As the Times reports, “After missing the Masters last year because of a resurgence of the rheumatoid arthritis that already had threatened his livelihood a decade ago, he is back in the field for the major tournament that he won in 1994 and 1999.” Incredibly more news just broke announcing rheumatoid arthritis sufferer Jeffrey Gottfurcht plans on scaling Mount Everest. Actress Kathleen Turner, also an RA sufferer, is rehearsing for a play and working long 12 hour days in spite of her RA.
If you are suffering from RA these triumphant stories may seem unbelievable, but in conjunction with medical treatment perhaps homeopathy may help treat the pain associated with RA. According to the CDC, an estimated 50 million Americans are living with some form of arthritis. Homeopathic treatment seems to have clinical benefits for rheumatoid arthritis. An exploratory double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted to assess the benefits of homeopathic intervention in patients with stable, active rheumatoid arthritis who had been under conventional therapy.
“The findings confirm previous work demonstrating that therapeutic benefits do arise from processes within the homeopathic consultation involving communication skills, empathy, hopefulness, enablement and narrative competence. The homeopathic consultation necessitates a very detailed understanding of the patient and is a unique and personalized approach.” Further studies are required to investigate the specific beneficial elements inherent in the homeopathic consultation, which could be employed by other clinicians to maximize patient benefit.
The take away, homeopathy alone is not a cure, but within the supportive environment that included active consultation resulted in improvement in disease outcome scales, pain assessment scores, patient global assessments and negative moods