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Complementary medicine

Many people with rheumatoid arthritis try different types of complementary medicine. Most types haven’t proven effective, but there are a couple that have some scientific evidence to support their use, including:

Homeopathy hasn’t been proven to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Generally speaking, complementary therapies are quite safe, though there are some risks linked with particular therapies. Herbal remedies, in particular can sometimes interact with prescribed medications, so check with your doctor before trying any complementary therapies.

You should check that therapists are registered with an appropriate body or are fully insured and have an ethical code.


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