Homeopathy Remedies for Arthritis
Arthritis usually develops gradually and causes painful joint movements, stiffness, contractures, and limitation of movement of the joint. Homeopathic remedies are often used by people with arthritis. This suggests that their symptoms may not be fully controlled by conventional medicine or because some people prefer treatments that are more natural and boosts the ability of the body to heal itself. Chronic pain is often not controlled adequately with conventional medicine and the use of potent drugs is associated with several side effects. The common reason for people with arthritis to seek homeopathic therapy is persistent pain and the concern about the side-effects of conventional medicines.
Homeopathic Medicines for Arthritis
Homeopathic remedies can often relieve pain and stiffness in arthritis. Treatment by an experienced homeopath is the best approach for dealing with chronic arthritis.
- Some of the common drugs used for treatment of arthritis are Arnica, Aurum metallicum, Bryonia, Calcarea carbonica, Causticum, Calcarea fluorica, Dulcamara, Kali bichromicum, Kali carbonicum, Kalmia latiflora, Ledum palustre, Pulsatilla, Rhododendron, Rhus toxicodendron, Ruta graveolens.
- These drugs have different actions. Some may relieve pain, soreness of the joint, pain that is felt in the limbs when a person tries to sleep, or discomfort on waking up while others are useful in intense arthritic pain that flares up suddenly. Homoeopathic remedies are generally prescribed on an individual basis and there is a particular remedy for the different symptoms of arthritis. Hence the drug that you are given will depend on your symptoms.
- The homeopathic treatments are well tested in clinical trials and are proven to be effective in arthritis. In some studies homeopathic remedies have been proven to be more effective than acetaminophen a conventional drug for treatment of pain in arthritis. The homeopathic remedies are without the potential side effects of acetaminophen.
Caution with homeopathic remedies
The homeopathic remedies are generally safe but always consult a homeopath doctor before starting treatment for arthritis. Sometimes initially the right medicine can lead to temporary aggravation or flare-up of symptoms, before they actually subside. Rarely homeopathic remedies can cause allergic reactions (e.g. rash). If you are taking conventional medicines, inform your allopathic doctor or consultant before starting homeopathic remedies and inform your homeopathy physician that you are taking conventional medicines.
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Feb 01, 2013
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