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Piecing Together A Homeopathic Arthritis Remedy
Understanding the nuances of homeopathic arthritis remedies can be challenging, frustrating and fascinating. Combinations remove much of the guesswork, but they are still defined by the range of applications in their single remedy ingredients which often extend beyond the combination's purpose.
These joint symptoms are extracted from Robin Murphy’s extensive text, *Lotus Materia Medica*.
Limbs - Numbness and tingling, shooting pains, ... Hot hands and cold feet. Rheumatic inflammation of joints, worse at night, red shining swelling, very sensitive. Legs powerless, feel tired during repose.
Under Modalities (things that make symptoms feel better or worse) it lists:Worse from being chilled by cold winds, dry weather, while sweating. Worse from pressure...
Often indicated in injury of the joints when Arnica fails... The Bryonia patient is irritable.
Limbs - ...Joints red, swollen, hot with stitches and tearing [pain], worse on least movement. Swelling of elbow. Every spot is painful on pressure. ... Sciatica better lying quietly on painful side. Knees stiff and painful. Knees totter and bend under him when walking. Hot swelling of feet. Pins and needles in soles, preventing walking.
Modalities - Better from lying on painful side, pressure, rest, cold things. Better from bandaging, cool open air, being quiet, cloudy damp days... Worse from least motion, raising up, stooping, coughing, exertion, deep breathing. Worse from dry cold or heat, becoming hot in room, hot weather.
Limbs - Pains in limbs and joints, as if sprained, worse slight touch, hard pressure relieves. Averse to exercise, sensitive to touch.
Modalities - Better from hard pressure, loose clothes. Better from bending double in room, open air, warmth. Worse from jarring, slightest touch, at night,... cold winds, drafts.
Mag phos is a great anti-spasmodic remedy. Cramping of muscles with radiating pains. Neuralgic pains relieved by warmth.
Limbs - Cramps in calves. General muscular weakness. Twitchings... Pains in lower limbs, alternating sides. Involuntary shaking of hands. Cramps from prolonged exertion from prolonged use of tools. Crampy contraction of fingers. Sciatica with tender feet. Writer’s and player’s cramp.
Modalities - Better by heat warmth, pressure, bending double. Better from hot bathing, pressure, rubbing. Worse from cold, air, drafts, periodicity, night, uncovering, water.
Rheumatism in the cold season.
Limbs - Hot, painful swelling of joints. Pains tearing in tendons, ligaments and tissues... Limbs stiff, paralyzed, the cold fresh air is not tolerated, it makes the skin painful. Numbness and prickling in limbs after overwork and exposure. Paralysis, trembling after exertion.
Modalities - Better from continued motion, heat, hot bath, if heated, warm wrapping, rubbing, warm applications, warm dry, weather. ... Worse from cold, wet rainy weather and after rain, at night, exposure to wet, cold, air, draught. Worse being chilled, when hot or sweaty. Worse from beginning of motion, rest, before storms, sprains, prolonged sitting after exertion.
Bibliography for this issue:
Murphy, Robin, ND. Lotus Materia Medica. Pagosa Springs, CO: Lotus Star Academy, 1995.
The Perfect Solution To An Achy Joint
As with all Aconite symptoms, the neck, facial and inflamed joint pains begin after a cold wind or draft. Bryonia can ease that grumpy bear attitude so often stimulated by its red, swollen, hot joints that feel worse sitting still and even worse when moving. Cinchona’s weak, swollen joints are equally unbearable and hate being touched, but may feel better with firm pressure. Mag phos helps cramping spasmodic pain that will not let you or your joints relax. Rhus tox, the ‘rusty gate remedy’ is the champion of stiff painful joints that feel worse in cold wet weather and after exertion, but feel better with gentle movement. Safe to take alongside any other medication!
A few homeopathic arthritis remedies are taken as generally as you might take an aspirin for a headache, but the essence of homeopathy lies in matching a set of symptoms with a single homeopathic remedy's specific pattern. It's like finding a puzzle piece with the right characteristics to mend the gap in the picture. Does it have the right size, shape and slant? Does the homeopathic remedy share the same type of pain, target area, aggravants and ameliorators?
Related Homeopathic Remedies for Arthritis Pain Symptoms:
Hyland’s formula is a traditional homeopathic combination for the relief of joint pain, stiffness and swelling, associated with minor arthritis symptoms. As its ingredients include Arnica, Hyland’s formula is also indicated for minor muscular pain associated with over-exertion, especially in the back and neck.ss
Arnica and other homeopathic support joins warming oils and deep heating ingredients to relieve a range of joint complaints. Swelling, stiffness, soreness and other aches due to injury or wear and tear, can all enjoy it.
Homeopathic ingredients: Arnica, Borax & Rhus ven
Other: Oils of Capsicum, Eucalyptus, Thyme & Wintergreen; Camphor,