Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with folk medicine


Rheumatoid arthritis is the common disease characterized by inflammatory process in joint cavity.

This disease damages joints of adults as well as children. Rheumatoid arthritis is usually treated by medication.  However, past experience shows that positive result of treatment can be reached by folk methods.

Folk medicine is used for repeated bout prevention and patient’s physique support. Currently there are few methods of rheumatoid arthritis treatment, which includes decoctions, compresses, ointments and infusions. 


During rheumatoid arthritis can be useful various decoctions made of such herbs: marsh cinquefoil, dock, hypericum, chamomile, hop plant etc. Herbs with anti-inflammatory effect play an important role in disease treatment.

Marsh cinquefoil decoctionMarsh Cinquefoil

Roots and leaves of marsh cinquefoil pour with hot water and boil for 25 minutes. When decoction got cold add more water to get full portion of remedy.

Bay leaf

Grind bay leaves and pour with boiled water (500ml). Boil for 10 minutes. Then transfer liquid into thermos and let infuse. Take 3 times for 100g per day during half of month.

Pine decoction

This decoction has slowing down effect of inflammatory process and removes pain temporary. Mix pine branch, briar, onion shell and grinded garlic.

Mixture is poured with warm water and boiled for 30 minutes. Then decoction is filtrated and drink for 1 liter per day.


Except decoctions, there are ointments which also have positive effect for rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

Rub ointment

Juice black radish and mix with vodka, salt and honey. Rub this ointment over diseased area. It reduces joint ache and pain in joint cavity.

Homemade ointment

Mix yolk, turpentine and apple vinegar. Rub this ointment over diseased joints which decreases rate of episodes of pain and inflammatory process effect.

Marsh cinquefoil oil

Grind marsh cinquefoil blossom and pour with sunflower oil, put into glass bottle. Top of the bottle covered with gauze fabric, and put in a sunny place for a month. Grease diseased joints and pain gone.


There are few more folk methods of rheumatoid arthritis treatment. In some cases it’s recommended to put herb leaves to inflamed joint. It provides quick pain syndrome removal.Warm Compress

Potato compress

This compress is considered to be the most effective in pain-relieving. Put rubbed potato into a sieve and immerse into boiled water for a few seconds.

Potato is put into bag and applied to inflamed joint. Repeat this procedure for 2 weeks every day.

Vinegar compress

This variant of compress is also has pain-relieving effect. Dissolve 6% vinegar in boiled water. Then wet a towel in this mixture and put to diseased joint.

Wine compress

Mix mustard and warm red wine. Then immerse and wet a towel in this mixture and compress for 25 minutes. This method stops inflammation process progression.


Along with mentioned methods of rheumatoid arthritis treatment there is one more – infusions.

Coltsfoot infusion

One tablespoon of plant is needed, poured with a glass of hot water. Infuse for 30 minutes. Take 1 tablespoon for 4 times per day.

Infusion of blueberry leaves

Take dry leaves of blueberry (15g), pour with hot water. Infuse for 30 minutes.  Take infusion for external use.


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