my mother suffered and is still suffering (less) from rheumatic arthritis. We consulted Dr. (at JNTU masabtank, in adjacent lane to mahavir hospital, Hyderabad) He really bot the issue into quick control and with in a month or so, my mother could hold things, walk (with difficulties though)
Later we tried with many parallel medications at home (no doctor) We bought the homeopathy book -'in tintaa homeo' a thin book; may be some 100 pages and not more. It had instructions of what medicine (each would cost, today, 8Rs and not more) for a particular pain. THis book was a boon to us. We got abt 15/ 20 such madicines and tried them all.
Homeo is one good medication where in the medicine goes as a waste (iff its not related ot heart and brain -a doctor said) This point gave us some encouragement. We cant say if this alone had helped us out. We used to do Allam-murabba ( some thing made out of jagerry + ginger (allam) )
We read books that said Allam (ginger) Sonthi (dried up ginger) and vellullipai (garlic i think: its white small, and we need to peel thin layres of .. to get the real things in it. Generally used in masala cookings :) ) these 3 of them are general ingrediants of indian food, but the point is that we made an explicit usage of it, i.e. spl made the paste and used to have them 1/ 2 times a day.
now she is well. At least i would say that 90% of the arthrites pain is now gone. She is able to do her work and move around.
*** The information in this post is some thing that worked for us and what we did with our limited understanding of things. i cannot guarantee that this would work atleaset the same way to you (in case u are trying it out) in case i remember few more things i shall post it here. Keep watching this space***