Arthritis and Homeopathy
The word arthritis comes from the Greek arthron meaning "joint" and the Latin itis meaning "inflammation". Arthritis affects the musculoskeletal system, specifically the joints. It is the main cause of disability among people over fifty-five years of age in industrialized countries.
Arthritis is not a single disease - it is a term that covers over 100 medical conditions. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and generally affects elderly patients. Some forms of arthritis can affect people at a very early age.
Types of arthritis:
Here is a description of some common ones:
Osteoarthritis – mostly related to age and happens when cartilage loses its elasticity. Some risk factors are:
Joints that not properly formed
Stress on the joint from certain jobs or sports
Rheumatoid arthritis - this is an inflammatory form of arthritis. The synovial membrane (synovium) is attacked, resulting in swelling and pain. If left untreated the arthritis can lead to deformity.
Infectious arthritis (septic arthritic) - an infection in the synovial fluid and tissues of a joint. It is usually caused by bacteria, but could also be caused by fungi or viruses.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) - means arthritis that affects a person aged 16 or less. JRA can be various forms of arthritis; There are three main types:
Pauciarticular JRA, the most common and mildest. The child experiences pain in up to 4 joints.
Polyarticular JRA affects more joints and is more severe. As time goes by it tends to get worse.
Systemic JRA is the least common. Pain is experienced in many joints. It can spread to organs. This can be the most serious JRA.
What are the signs and symptoms of arthritis?
The symptoms of arthritis depend on the type of arthritis, for example:
Osteoarthritis - The symptoms develop slowly and get worse as time goes by. The most common affected joints are in the hips, hands, knees and spine. The joint become stiff sometimes swollen and loose its flexibility especially first thing in the morning
Rheumatoid arthritis –swollen, inflamed stiff and painful joints. The fingers, arms, legs and wrists are most commonly affected. Symptoms are usually worse on waking in the morning but gets better half an hour later. Weight loss is common.
Infectious arthritis - The patient has a fever, joint inflammation and swelling. Tenderness with joint pain is always noticeable. Usually symptoms are linked to injuries or other illnesses.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis - The patient is a child with poor appetite, weight loss, anemia and intermittent fever are common
As one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine, homeopathy is safest and most permanent way of eliminating arthritis. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which a patient is suffering.
A 57-year-old woman came to my office with the chief complaint of arthritis in her hands and knees. The situation in her left knee was so severe that her doctor had recommended knee replacement. She says that her worst fear is not death, but becoming handicapped, because she has no one to help her; her husband passed away a while ago and she has no kids. Even the thought of being handicapped frightens her, because she’s restless by nature and can’t sit in the one place for too long. Her joint pain also subsides when she moves around. At night, her joints become stiff and burn with pain, to the point that they wake her from sleep. She had lower back surgery twenty years ago due to some damage in her vertebrae and her recovery period, during which she couldn’t move, was unbearable. She also has a very restless mind and has many vivid dreams where she is being chased by someone or is the victim of an unfortunate incident. These dreams are so realistic that she often cries in the dream, only to wakeup and see that she had cried in real life as well.
Remedy prescribed Rhus Tox – 200 C
First follow up: When she first took the remedy, the burning pains in her joint increased, but subsided a few hours later, allowing her to have a very calm and peaceful sleep. Her joints are now more flexible but her knee still hurts, especially at night.
Remedy Rhus –tox 1M repeated
Second follow up: After this remedy, she contracted a very severe cold and fever, which lasted for three days. She used to suffer from sciatica pain, but now only bothers her for half a day. The degree of her joint pain has also lessened from a 10 to a 5 on a scale from 1 – 10.
Remedy Prescribe = wait
Third follow up: The burning pain in her knee has returned, but it doesn’t interfere with her peaceful sleep. Her digestion is also better; she used to take probiotics to avoid constipation, but recently realized that she doesn’t need it anymore.
Remedy Rhus- tox 1M water dose
Forth follow up: All of her joint and knee pain is gone. She constantly climbs up and down stairs to make sure there are no problems with her joints and knees. During the last four weeks she didn’t have any pain, except for a brief electric pain going through her knee on two or three occasions.
According to the 2000 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), arthritis and other rheumatic conditions affected nearly 4 million Canadians aged 15 years and older – approximately 1 in 6 people. Two-thirds of those with arthritis were women, and nearly 3 of every 5 people with arthritis were younger than 65 years of age. By the year 2026, it is estimated that over 6 million Canadians 15 years of age and older will have arthritis.
Homeopathy is one of the most effective treating Arthritis not limited to the symptoms, it aims to cure the whole being and restore balance. As a result, Homeopathy solves the core issues at the heart of the disease and eliminates it permanently. Whether these core issues stem from mental, emotional, or physiological trauma, Homeopathy can resolve them and in addition to curing the disease, have a highly positive and harmonious effect on the body. By balancing the entire system, Homeopathy not only treats the symptoms of arthritis, but also achieves equilibrium within the individual and thus does not suppress symptoms, but truly heals.
Below is a list of acute Arthritis remedies, along with their disease pictures. Keep in mind that these remedies may only act as immediate palliatives and will not permanently cure Arthritis unless they are constitutional match to their vital state.
Bryonia Alba.– Excellent arthritis remedy for pain with inflammation which is aggravated by movement and relieved by moderate pressure and rest.
Ledum pal – Remarkable arthritis remedy for gout and rheumatism which is of ascending nature, better by cold application.
Rhus Tox – Pain aggravated by first movement, damp weather and better by continuous motion.
Colchicum – pain worse by motion touch or mental effort, better by warmth and rest. Mostly for gouty pain.
Kalmia lot – well known arthritis remedy for descending type of pain, pain with palpitation of heart and slow pulse
Guaiacum – Gouty abscesses of joints, pain relieved by cold bath and cold application.
Calcaria Carb – Arthritic swelling, knee pain especially in fleshy people which is worse by cold.
Benzoic acid – gouty concretions of joints, knee pain due to abnormal deposition of uric acid
Hypericum – Remarkable arthritis remedy for rheumatoid arthritis has outstanding action over nerve pain.