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Revista Cubana de Reumatología

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SOLIS CARTAS, Urbano et al. Use of natural medicine in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Rev Cuba Reumatol [online]. 2019, vol.21, n.3, e61.  Epub 01-Dic-2019. ISSN 1817-5996.


rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory, systemic and chronic disease that mainly affects the osteomyoarticular system. Clinically they are characterized by the presence of pain, inflammation, stiffness and deformity. These elements affect the appearance of functional disability and the reduction of the perception of the quality of life related to health.


to present the advantages of the use of natural medicine in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.


a not experimental, descriptive, retrospective study was conducted in 115 patients to whom natural medicines were added to control their disease.


average age of 56.58 years with predominance of female patients (69.60 %), white skin color (55.20 %) and between 50 and 59 years of age (29.60 %). The combination of steroids and methotrexate was the most used (55.20 %). The NTM was used in 62.4% of the patients with a highlight for the hospitalization service with a utilization of 79.19%. The phytopharmaceuticals and acupuncture were the most represented modalities.


there is a high percentage of application of NTM in the therapeutic schemes of patients with RA. The phytopharmaceuticals and acupuncture are the most indicated modalities. The users and providers showed high percentages of acceptance to the use of MNT in patients with chronic diseases.

Palabras clave : rheumatoid arthritis; quality of life; functional capacity; rheumatic diseases; natural medicine.

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