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What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis includes osteoarthritis which is the most common form. It
is the result of the wear and tear of the joints. The joint becomes stiff and
painful, and may creak as it is moved. As the cartilage wears down, the
bones on either side of the joint may react by forming small bony outgrowths
called osteophytes. Osteoarthritis increases with age and it
affects about 9% of the population but it will affect around 70% of the those
over age 70. There can be bony nodes easily be seen is the last joint of
the fingers. Spondylosis is a similar problem affecting the spine where
the main problem is degeneration of the disks which separate the vertebrae.
Inflammatory arthritis is known
as rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1% of the
population but is three times more common women than men. It comes on at
an earlier age than osteoarthritis, usually age 30 to 50 and is more aggressive.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects the small joints, especially of the hands and feet,
causing a typical hand deformity where the fingers slant sideways. It can affect
any joint in the body, and also cause nodules under the skin and also eye
Soft Tissue Arthritis:
Connective tissues arthritis effects tissues rather than the joints themselves.
These include point at which tendons connect to the bones, Tennis elbow
effects the outer side of the elbow. Frozen shoulder or stiff shoulder is
an inflammation of the capsule of tissues that surround the joint.
Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae, cushioning pads which overlie
many joints including the knees. Fibromyalgia is
the most common form of soft tissue rheumatism and was formerly known as "fibrositis".
It affects about at least 2% of the population and is much more common in women.
There is a strong clinical connection with
fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
syndrome due to pain syndromes that chronically interrupts sleep. The
fibromyalgia typical features widespread
musculoskeletal pain. There is pain at tender points at several specific
locations which is used to diagnose it. It is frequently associated with poor
sleep, toxic heavy metals,
vaccine injury, fatigue as well as other
problems including migraines headaches and
irritable bowel syndrome.
Homeopathic Remedies For Arthritis
For rheumatoid arthritis affecting small joints of
fingers, toes, wrist and ankles. The affected joints are in severe pain, hot
and swollen. The pain is of violent, tearing type. Touch worsens the pain in
joints. Movement of affected joints also aggravates pain. The slightest
fatigue worsens pain in small joints.
Useful in acute attacks of
gout in the joints of the feet. It corresponds
only to the onset and if continued for a day or two will recover many cases.
This is a useful remedy in constitutional gout where there are nodosities in
the joints. For chronic cases where there are deposits of urate of soda
concretions in the joints and the hands become twisted out of shape.
rheumatoid arthritis affecting finger joints. In some cases, specific
drawing pain is noted in finger joints. Cold application may worsen this
pain. Warmth is soothing. There is chronic indigestion or gastric
complaints. Joint pains worsen when taking wine. Gouty nodes in the joints.
When a person experiences great swelling in the joints with hot,
burning, stinging pain and swelling. Warm or hot applications as well as
touch or pressure tend to aggravate their condition. Cool air and cold
applications provide relief to the pain.
Pain with fear that the part my be hit by anyone passing. Arthritic pains in
the foot, worse towards evening. Red big toe joint which feels as though it
has been sprained.
Wandering pains in the muscles and joints that are better from motion
and warmth, and worse at night. Deep pain may be felt in the limbs when the
person tries to sleep, or discomfort may wake the person up. People who need
this remedy are often serious and focused on work or career, with a tendency
to feel depressed.
When rapid and violent onset of throbbing arthritic pain arises in red,
hot, swollen joints, this is the remedy to consider. The arthritic symptoms
are aggravated by touch, jarring, and especially by motion; warm wraps
Urinary symptoms, strong urine.
Gouty concretions of joints, knee pain due to abnormal deposition of uric
Arthritic pains are worse from the slightest
motion, better after rest. Pains are also better from pressure or by lying
on the painful side.
Calcarea Carb is the best medicine for knee joint pain that gets worse from
standing, walking. The pain may be tearing, shooting or drawing in nature.
Arthritic swelling, knee pain especially in fleshy people with pain that is
worse by cold.
Arthritis of the large or medium joint
affections such as knee joint, spine or shoulders. More pain on waking up in
the morning or while getting up from a sitting position and they feel better
after walking for some time. The joint pains are better by hot application.
These persons are likely to tough, strong willed, who might look stiff and
at times rude. They do not give up easily.
This remedy is useful when arthritis primarily affects the small joints
of the body, specifically those in the hands and/or feet. In particular,
closing one's hands creates a lot of pain. This remedy is more often given
to women than men, especially when the woman is pregnant or experiences
concurrent menstrual or hormonal disturbances.
Arthritic pain that is similar to Rhus
Toxicodendron, better warm, but better in moist or rainy weather.
Chronic grief is often a causative factor. Causticum is used for hip joint
pain in rheumatoid arthritis. The hip joint feels dislocated. Standing and
walking worsen pain. The gait is unsteady due to hip pain. Marked
stiffness and tension are observed in hip joint. Causticum also works well
in cases where the joints are deformed and shortened, contracted tendons are
observes. Used where deformities have set in. Due to repeated acute attacks,
there comes a stage when deformities such as flexion of fingers and thumb,
flexion of wrist, elbows and shoulder, hip, knees and ankle joints set in.
Owing to these deformities, movements are further more restricted and
painful. Reduces stiffness and pain in the affected joints. Almost all
joints may be affected and the overlying muscles are shortened and
contracted. Causticum is more indicated when the pains aggravate in cold and
feels better in warmth.
Arthritis worse during warm, wet weather, although
sometimes cold, damp weather can cause complaints. Worse with the change of
seasons. The hands and fingers are most affected; the pains are worse from
slight motion. Often associated with other ailments, like nephritis, blood
in the urine, and pericarditis. Aversion to the odor of eggs and fish is a
strong symptom sometimes seen.
If arthritis flares up during
cold damp weather, or after the person gets chilled and wet, this remedy may
be indicated. People needing Dulcamara are often stout, with a tendency
toward back pain, chronic stiffness in the muscles, and allergies.
Very useful for arthritis symptoms with left-sided shoulder joint pain.
Shoulder pain on raising the arm, which gets worse at night. Marked
stiffness in the shoulder. Best indicated for treating anemia in rheumatoid
(see also Guaifenesin Protocol
Gouty nodosities in the joints. Tearing pains in the extremities and
contractions of the muscles. Especially useful for gouty inflammation affecting
the knee joint. Used for clearing calcium deposits in fibromyalgia.
Used for rheumatoid arthritis with nerve
Periodic arthritis and arthritis alternating with
other complaints such as sinusitis, asthma, digestive disorders. Periodicity
is often fixed, such as every spring or autumn, etc. The pain is often in
one small spot, and may wander to different sites and come and go suddenly;
pain may occur every day at the same time; pain is worse between 2 am and
Effective for rheumatoid arthritis of knee joint. Knee pain
from climbing up or down the stairs, Extending the leg also worsens the knee
This remedy is useful for a sudden onset of severe
acute arthritis, especially when the pain is paralyzing and tends to come
and go. Wandering joint pains. The arthritis pains may even move from one
joint to another or tend to travel downward. Numbness, weakness, and
trembling may also be experienced. A heart condition may alternate with
arthritic symptoms. Motion of any sort and exposure to cold aggravates the
pain, while hot bathing provides temporary relief.
Arthritis is painful with
swelling relieved by cold applications and made worse by warmth. Areas
especially affected are ankles, feet, ball of the first toe, and left
shoulder and right hip together. Rheumatism starts in the legs and extends
Used for chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Used when deformities have
started. Sore, numb feeling in the affected limb. One foot being extremely
cold and the other foot being extremely hot to touch. The deformities may be
more marked in the legs and feet. The soles are extremely painful and
walking is difficult. Lycopodium may be given when there may be an unusual
sensation as if the person is walking on pebbles due to callosities on the
soles. Cramps are felt in the calf and toe muscles. Toes and finger joints
may be contracted and painful. Lycopodium may be indicated when the pains
are more in the right side. Better by heat general and better by cold in
general and at night. Also has gout with red urine.
Medorrhinum is powerful, deep acting remedy for chronic rheumatism.
Marked swelling of the limbs. Past history of any sexually transmitted
disease, including HPV and gonorrhea. Deformities of the feet and toes are
contracted. Walking is very painful due to callosities on the soles. Joint
pains are associated with an extreme burning sensation in the palms and
soles. Pains are worse during the day, worse when thinking about them and in
hot weather. The pains are better in damp conditions.
Arthritis after a period of long grief. Those who have
developed Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) after prolonged stress in the form of
grief, such as the loss or death of some dear one; or after breaking a
relationship including divorce. It is the emotional trauma that leads to
disturbance of immune system, in turn, leading to the disease like RA. The
person needing Natrum Muriaticum may be reserved, less expressive,
emotionally closed, with the tendency to get hurt, habit of brooding over
past unpleasant events as if they just happened. Such patients may have
associated headache with sensitive to sunlight.
Useful in deforming arthritis
Wandering joint pains. Used when arthritic pains tend to move
from one place to another. Worse from initial motion or during rest, in the
evening or at night. Worse from exposure to warmth. The symptoms are
relieved by cold applications and by slow motion. This remedy is for a
person that is gentle, mild, yielding, moody, sympathetic.
This remedy is sometimes given when the condition develops at the
site of an old injury. The symptoms are aggravated by motion or touch, in
the morning, and from exposure to cold, wet weather, and they are relieved
by rubbing and warmth. Ruta graveolens is also indicated when sensitive
nodules develop on the tendons and periosteum (i.e., the covering of the
bone where the tendons attach) after an injury. Enlargements of the joints not due to gouty deposits, worse during rest and
always worse on approach of a storm or in stormy weather.
Arthritis pain and stiffness. Stiffness is very
characteristic. The pain is worse when at rest, with weather changes,
especially to cold, damp; by cold; and by initial motion (e.g. rising from a
bed or a seat). The pains are helped by warmth and continued motion (once
“warmed up”). Restlessness with the pain. Complaints are often left-sided.
This remedy is sometimes given when the condition develops at the site
of an old injury. The symptoms are aggravated by motion or touch, in the
morning, and from exposure to cold, wet weather, and they are relieved by
rubbing and warmth. Ruta graveolens is also indicated when sensitive nodules
develop on the tendons and periosteum (i.e., the covering of the bone where
the tendons attach) after an injury.
Helps with arthritis with right-sided shoulder
joint pain. Shoulder pain on raising the arm, which gets worse at night.
Marked stiffness in the shoulder.
Has a similar application to gout when it becomes systematized, as has also
Cures more cases of gout than any other. Under its use pain and swelling
subside and large quantities of sand are passed.