Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatologist Brisbane Complementary Support

Do you have Rheumatoid Arthritis or chronic joint pain? If you're looking for some natural solutions that safely complement treatments prescribed by your doctors or Rheumatologist in Brisbane, Ananda Mahony is a Naturopath with a special interest in supporting chronic pain.

Dysbiosis, out of balance gut bacteria, bad bugs…it seems like our gut bugs are always in the news as being linked to many health conditions, and now that list might include Rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory joint pain. Our gut bugs, which are the major source of microbes in our body can exert both beneficial and negative effects on our health. One area that is emerging in particular, is the role that the composition of our gut microbes can have on inflammation, either driving it or dampening it down and this may have implications for inflammatory rheumatic diseases.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterised by persistent inflammation which leads to damage to joints. There is frequently (60-70%) a genetic inherited risk with RA however risk alone doesn’t determine disease development, rather, development is driven by environmental triggers, of which a number of bacteria and virus types have been considered but no confirmed links have been made.

With Rheumatoid Arthritis the question then becomes, “what is driving the inflammation?”

There is growing evidence to support the idea that the onset of RA may be related to changes to our microbiota, both in the gastrointestinal tract and the oral microbiota (our mouth bacteria.)

Findings to support the idea that microbial changes may be driving inflammation in RA and inflammatory joint pain are growing:

So, differences in composition of gut and oral microbiota could be one of the factors creating immune drive inflammation and promoting disease development.

Do you find yourself saying, "I just don’t feel quite right"