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Rheumatoid Arthritis In The Human Body

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Movement is a part of everyday life. For most organisms, movement is a vital part of survival. The inability to move stumps daily activity. Arthritis is a common disease that develops in a variety of different forms. The word “arthritis” itself means “joint inflammation”. A joint is the section of the body where two bones meet, providing a cushion between them and facilitating movement. Arthritis not only comes in different forms but, occur in humans of all ages, genders and races. Because conventional treatment options focus mostly on pain management, an increasing number of the 43 million people with arthritis are seeking alternative methods of disease management to improve their quality of life. Symptoms of the disease can be mild, moderate…show more content…
The human body’s immune system provides protection from foreign invaders. Inflammation is one of our body’s line of defense to get rid of infection and prevent disease. In rheumatoid arthritis, a deluded immune system may unintentionally attack the joints through uncontrolled inflammation, which can lead to bone, cartilage and joint erosion. “Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the inflammatory response of the joint synovial membrane and periarticular tissues is conveyed by influx and activation of immune cells and release of inflammatory mediators such as chemokines and cytokines, resulting in tissue destruction and dysfunction” (Costa VV, Amaral FA and et al. 2015). Although the exact etiology of R.A is unknown, biological and environmental factors can contribute to the disease. Treatment goals are to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent further…show more content…
2015). Preventing the influx of such cells in the joint space is the key concept for treatment. Natural medicine is popularizing among the general population. Patients and healthcare providers both need dependable information to make appropriate treatment choices. “Several studies have shown that cannabinoids down regulate cytokine and chemokine production” (Nagarkatti P, Pandey R, Rieder SA, Hegde VL, Nagarkatti M, 2009). The anti-inflammatory properties that are found in cannabinoids may serve as an effective treatment to patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. “THC decreases the production of immune cell-recruiting pro-inflammatory chemokines by keratinocytes independent of CB1/2 receptors” (Gaffal E, Cron M, Glodde , Tuting T
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