RA is a chronic and sometimes crippling auto-immune disorder. Western medicine treats it with immune-suppressive drugs that have many severe side effects, including damage to the liver.
Chinese herbal medicine bases its treatment on a thousand year old herbal formula that has stood the test of time. This formula is modified as needed to suit the needs of the individual patient. For example, certain herbs are added if the upper body is affected, while others are used for the lower joints. After 6 weeks of treatment, the patient may consider slowly weaning off their Western drugs under the supervision of their physician. The herbal course of treatment continues until all symptoms are cleared, usually up to 1 year.
According to a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, use of a Chinese herb extract for 20 weeks showed therapeutic benefit in patients with rheumatoid arthritis refractory to standard Western drug treatment (Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatolgoy 2002 Jul;46(7):1735-43.)