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Relieving arthritis with homoeopathy

Although it is generally observed among women approaching the age of 50, arthritis can sometimes appear among young people. It is a joint disease that may also affect the surrounding tissue. Although arthritis can be caused by numerous factors, in most cases joint pain, an increase in the volume of the affected area, heat and redness are often observed. A wide range of allopathic drugs can be recommended by rheumatologists to alleviate the various symptoms caused by arthritis. However, some homoeopathic remedies are also effective for the treatment of this disease. Indeed, homoeopathic products can alleviate severe arthritis pain and reduce the inflammations caused by this disease.


Joint pain, which is the main indication of an arthritic condition, often occurs in the morning. It is usually upon waking up that the patient suffering from arthritis feels pain. Arthritis pain can be of variable intensity and its location depends on the type of arthritis. It may only affect a single joint or it may just as well be mobile and affect multiple joints, as in the case of rheumatoid polyarthritis. In case of chronic arthritis, pain can be significant for several days, before decreasing in intensity, stopping and coming back later.

The increase of the joint’s volume resulting from the inflammation is also observed during arthritis attacks. In fact, the joints are swollen and congested, either due to a trauma, an infection or by the wear and tear occuring on various parts of the joint. The swelling of the joint is also accompanied by an increase in temperature in the swollen region. The area affected by arthritis then becomes red and hot. Furthermore, its stiffness makes it hard for the patient to move.

Treating joint redness and swelling

To alleviate the symptoms linked to inflammations that occur during acute forms of inflammatory arthritis, it is recommended to use Apis mellifica 9 CH. The patient needs to take 5 granules of this remedy four times a day. It is also advised to dab the joint with Arnica gel two to three times a day.

Treating acute arthritis pain

When the pain becomes overwhelming, it is recommended to take Bryonia alba 4 CH. The patient needs to take 4 granules of Bryona alba daily. Acute arthritis pain needs to be treated in-depth with three to five granules of Rhus Toxicodendron, to be taken daily. This homoeopathic remedy is also recommended for joint pain that is lessened when the patient moves it.

Treating pain caused by chronic arthritis.

Chronic pain caused by polyarthritis can be dealt with by resorting to Streptococcinum 12 CH. If the patient feels intense pain that radiate towards the bones, taking Phosphorum album is advised. Regarding pain that gains intensity during the night, the indicated remedies are Luesinum and Aurum metallicum. In addition, if the pain becomes progressively stronger in comparison to previous attacks, the recommended homoeopathic remedy is Arsenicum album.

When should you consult a medical specialist?

In the event that a fever develops or if the joint pain persists for 48 hours after a corticosteroid injection in the joint, it is mandatory to seek further medical attention from a rheumatologist. It is safer for individuals suffering from arthritis to consult a specialist as soon as they become exposed to fever, so as to prevent an onset of infectious arthritis. Moreover, in the case of chronic arthritis, it is always recommended to be examined by a rheumatologist at least 2 times a year, even if the pain is alleviated by homoeopathic remedies

Treatments and pathologies linked to “arthritis”

Associated treatments

  • Actaea Spicata
  • Apis Mellifica
  • Bryonia Alba
  • Medorrhinum
  • Sulphur
  • Sulphur Iodatum

Associated pathologies

  • Arthralgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hydrarthrosis

Good to know: Being a relatively non-invasive method, homoeopathic treatment effectively relieves pain and stiffness present during an attack of arthritis. Given that swelling and pain are the main symptoms of arthritis, Rhus Toxicodendron and Bryonia alba set themselves apart from other homoeopathic substances due to their antispasmodic properties.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.