Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis is what most people are thinking of when they think of arthritis. We think of creaky joints, sore knees and hips, and aching when the weather changes. The symptoms of osteoarthritis are due to inflammation and swelling, which can come from overuse, poor diet, and loss of cartilage in the joints. Depending on the cause of the arthritis, different natural therapies can be very effective.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is another kind of arthritis. It’s considered an autoimmune disease, where the body’s own immune system is attacking the body. In the case of RA, it’s attacking the joints. Naturopathic medicine is beautifully suited to help treat autoimmune disease.