Chronic and systemic disease, arthritis manifests itself in various parts of the body and is characterized by inflammatory changes in joints and related structures. It is estimated that in Brazil about 1% of the population has the disease, which is more common in women than in men.
Symptoms and medical advice
The most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are:
- Low fever;
- Weakness and rigidity;
- Pains in the joints.
Joint pain is usually severe and with increasing inflammation that starts in the small joints and progressively affects all the joints in the body.
Medical guidelines related to diet for those who have the disease are:
- Consume low fat and low calories;
- Exclude most animal sources such as meat and dairy;
- Increase your consumption of fish – its oil is beneficial;
- Eliminate refined sugar, refined wheat flour, salt, strong spices, alcohol, black tea and coffee from the diet.
These guidelines are passed because studies have been conducted that have shown this type of diet can relieve symptoms. In addition, it is important to consume foods with vitamins C, E, K, boron, copper, selenium, zinc, bromelain and omega 3 fatty acid.
Teas for the treatment of arthritis
Some teas can have positive effects in treating arthritis. Check out some of them below.
devil’s claw tea
Popularly known as cat’s claw, herb tea is very effective in controlling the pain of arthritis, arthrosis and rheumatism. To prepare it, use the proportion of 5 tablespoons of chopped or sliced tubers to every half liter of water. In a container, bring the water to the fire and wait for it to boil. Turn off and add devil’s claw and cover, letting it warm. Strain and consume two or three times a day.
Burdock, horsetail and fennel tea
With anti-inflammatory and healing properties, together, horsetail, fennel and burdock have their effects enhanced. To prepare it, use a ratio of 1 tablespoon burdock roots, 2 tablespoons fennel and 2 tablespoons horsetail to every 3 cups of water. In a saucepan, bring the water with the burdock and the fennel to the fire and wait until it boils. When it comes to a boil, wait a few minutes, turn off the heat and add the horsetail. Cover and let cool, straining and then consuming. Always take half an hour before lunch and dinner.
Rich in antioxidants, it helps lessen the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, as well as boosting immunity. Use the proportion of 1 tablespoon for every cup of water. Boil the water and place the turmeric in a cup, pouring the boiling water on top. Leave to rest for 10 minutes, straining and consuming immediately afterwards. Drink a maximum of 4 cups a day.
With action similar to cortisone, licorice tea is effective in fighting arthritis and, in addition, has anti-inflammatory and calming action. To prepare, use the ratio of 2 tablespoons of licorice leaves to each liter of water. Bring all the ingredients to the fire in a pan and, when it comes to a boil, let it boil for 5 minutes. Cover and let cool. Strain and then consume a maximum of 3 cups a day.