A homeopathic remedy for acute inflammatory joint pain including arthritis, gout, sciatica and rheumatism.
RHEUMATISM – a non-specific term embracing various diseases of connective tissue presenting with pain, stiffness or swelling of muscles or joints.
SCIATICA – pain in the line of distribution of the sciatic nerve (i.e. buttock, back of thigh, calf and foot)
Remedy Symptoms covered by specific remedy
Apium graveolens 6c – Rheumatic pain. ‘Growing pains’.
Bryonia 200c – Joints red, swollen and hot. Knees stiff and painful, worsened by the least movement. Better for application of heat as well as pressure or binding up the joint. Weariness and heaviness in all limbs. Pins and needles in the soles hinder walking, with cracking in hip joints. Acute inflammation of toe joints.
Capsicum 6c – Shooting pains from hips to feet, joints are stiff, painful and ‘crack’ on beginning to move. Feels as though limbs would go to sleep.
Causticum 30c – Burning rheumatic pain in joints, hands and arms, stiffness in ankles. Better for warmth, especially the heat of bed. Restless legs at night with cramps in calves, feet, toes and Achilles tendon. Frozen shoulder, writers’ cramp.
Colchicum 30c – Specifically beneficial in relieving gouty attacks, especially of the small joints, which are hot, red swollen and painful. These pains are worse in the evening and for any touch or motion.
Gnaphalium 30c – Excellent sciatic nerve remedy, where alternating numbness and intense pain occur. Cramps in calves & feet in bed. Rheumatic pain in ankles and legs ‘as though they lack oil’.
Ledum palustre 3x – Rheumatism begins in lower limbs and ascends. Swollen ankles & ball of big toes. Pain in joints worse for alcohol, movement and at night. Limbs are numb and ‘fall asleep’.
Rhus toxicodendron 30c – Helpful where fibrous tissue is affected e.g. in ligaments, joints and tendons and in conditions where pain and stiffness result. Pain worse from rest, feels stiff on starting to move again but better once moving. Worse for damp and cold and from overexertion or lifting heavy objects.
Salicylic acid 6c – Acute rheumatism with heat, acute pain and swelling, worse for touch and motion. Symptoms improve with hot application.
Urtica urens 30c – Acute gout, rheumatism. Pain in wrists and ankles and right deltoid muscle (over shoulder).
As a general rule, if a positive response has not been seen within 24-48 hours, please consult with your homeopathic practitioner or your General Practitioner.
One dose is 3-5 pillules sucked under the tongue in a clean mouth, this applies to adults, children and animals alike.
In acute conditions, dose every hour for 3 doses, then every 2 hours for 3 doses.
Thereafter dose 4-6 hourly for 3-5 days. If further dosing is required, dose once a week for one month only.
Consider changes to your diet to exclude foods that aggravate gout eg red meat, alcohol.
Drink plenty of water with a slice of fresh lemon added to help reduce acidity.
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