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Natural Remedies for RA

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Can magnets help my RA symptoms?

Expert:   Linda Russell, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery »

Magnets belong on your refrigerator, but some believe that they will effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis. Watch this video to find out what doctors say on the subject.

Transcript: Magnets are one of those alternative treatment tools that promise RELIEF from joint pain, WITHOUT the use of prescriptions, painkillers or even physical therapy. But as yet, there is LITTLE evidence showing its benefits in easing the symptoms that come with rheumatoid arthritis. Magnet therapy involves the application of MAGNETIC materials on or very close to the skin over PROLONGED periods of time. Magnet therapy is based on the notion that illness or injury disrupts the ELECTROMAGNETIC fields that our cells and tissues emit. Magnets are supposed to REVERSE THE DISRUPTION. Claims about magnet therapy’s power to EASE pain, SPEED healing and even CURE cancer are not supported by medical findings. When it comes to rheumatoid arthritis, one study showed that the effects of a magnetized device on knee pain were similar to the effects of the non-magnetized device used as comparison. Magnet therapy doesn’t appear to have much benefit for rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. For more on treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, look for other videos in this series. More »

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