Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and the most common form of arthritis affecting most people over the age of 50! It is the wearing away of cartilage with inflammation.
Symptoms of osteo arthrits include joint inflammation which develops pain, stiffness associated with inflammation; injuries or over-use causing inflammation; stiffening with swelling; joints may deform, or bony growths may appear in or around the joints. Several of these symptoms may happen together, or individually.
The causes are often a diet rich in animal fats, sugars, salts, etc. Other causes may include the use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, injuries, and stress.
Modern medicine treats arthritic conditions by attempting to contain the symptoms using toxic drugs that bring about side effects. The drug companies have designed medications to be used for a lifetime. Western medicine considers all chronic conditions to be irreversible. This view is so prevalent that most people believe the fallacy. Don’t be fooled into thinking there is only one way.
Prescription medications may interfere with the action of homeopathic treatment. They hamper or stop the action of the homeopathic remedy in the body. Steroids such as prednisone are the most addicting and the hardest to remove. Medications can only be removed or altered with a physician’s advice. As your body is regulated under the influence of drugs, slowly wean off medications, allowing for an easier transition.
Why homeopathy does so well for Arthritis
Homeopathic treatment of Arthritis has been proven successful for over 200 years. Homeopathic remedies are safe for anyone and can be used along with any other treatments or medications. They may be used during pregnancy, and while nursing.
Treating arthritic symptoms with homeopathics is best used in conjunction with a clean and nutritious diet. The Mucusless Diet is a good guide to follow. Always remember to eliminate tobacco, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, and dairy products.
Pain is an indication of an energy blockage (the energy doesn’t move through and organ or system in the way nature intended it. Remove the blockage, and the pain will go away permanently. On the other hand, if joint damage is too far gone the body cannot repair itself. Through the natural remedies pain can be eliminated either through continued treatment, or may go away permanently even though the joint is damaged. With severe damage, pain may not be the only factor, but joint mobility will.
More stubborn cases can only be positively affected by finding a person’s homeopathic “constitutional” remedy, often determined by an experienced Homeopath. Homeopathic remedies are very specific in their action and can be used for acute and chronic conditions.
Herbs for Osteo Arthritis
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Alfalfa – supplies minerals, anti-inflammatory
Devil’s claw – anti-inflammatory and pain relief
Ginger – anti-inflammatory to relieve pain
Sarsaparilla – blood purifier
White willow – aspirin-like pain relieving
Yucca – steroidal effects with pain relief
Cell Salts to Help Osteo Arthritis
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#4 Ferr phos 6X – inflammation, heat
#6 Kali mur6X – dissolves mucus
#10 Nat phos 6X – over acidity in the body
#12 Silicea 6X – dissolves scar tissue, stops infections
Osteoarthritis Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Many of these homeopathic remedies have to do with the thyroid and parathyroid (4 small glands which sit on top of the thyroid; they regulate calcium metabolism.)
Rhus tox (#1) – Stiffness, especially mornings, worse on first motion (like a rusty hinge creaks then loosens up). Often a history of trauma. #1 in dislocated joints in general; weak and stiffness. Drawing and burning pains with cracking in the joints. Chronic Arthritis. (Causticum is the next constitutional remedy for arthritis.) Tearing pains. Depression related to physical functioning. Loose joints with aching. Worse in change of weather, humidity, and cold, raising from a seat, and at midnight. Worse by overuse, since injury, in lower back, from jarring; better loosening up, heating pad and hot shower.
Calcarea Carb – especially for early stages of arthritis. Chronic of Rhus tox. History of over use; bones that didn’t heal well; poor calcium metabolism. Craves calcium-rich foods such as dairy. Lame feeling in joints. Leg and foot cramps. Muscles flabby. Joints crack. Cold clammy hands and feet. Goes to bed with socks on. Sweating of feet or back of head. Acute arthritis from jumping in cold water or from being overheated. Worse working in water or air conditioning, cold dampness, exertion or manual labor.
Cimicifuga – arthritis of large joints. hips, shoulders, neck. Stiffness with cramping pains. Inflamed, hip cramps (Aesculus for aching). Hormonal arthritis associated with menopause, worse during periods. Menopausal or PMS depressed as if dark cloud hanging over (Sep).
Dulcamara – if Rhus tox doesn’t work. Changes of barometric pressure. Herpes, Mono, swollen glands. Worse in damp, change of weather.
Kali Carb – arthritis deformans, twists the joints. Sharp stabbing pains as if a knife were put in the joints. Better or worse with motion; worse 2 – 4 am (Rhus tox worse midnight). Radiating, wandering, and burning (Kali Ars).
Kalmia – spinal arthritis. Wandering pains (Puls, Kali carb). Swelling of the joints with shooting and nerve pains. Ascending arthritis: ankles, knees, hips or fingers, wrists, elbows.
Ledum – swollen, bluish discolored joints. Pains ascending. Traumatic arthritis from damage. Feels cold to the touch. Worse with ice pack or gout.
Podophyllum – hormonal arthritis of small joints, especially fingers and toes. Since childbirth, chronic fatigue, since hormonal treatments, and menopause. Settles in fingers and toes and smaller joints.
Pulsatilla – pains changeable, sharp, stiff. Wandering pains. Weeping with pain. Pain with chills, internal shivering or shaking. Thirstless. Worse in heat, wants cold ice packs on joints. Also worse in the evening after a day’s work; better gentle motion, walking slowly, open air.
Ruta graveolens – similar to Rhus tox. Arthritis in wrists by overwork (Ruta, Guai for deposits). Lameness and weakness.
Thuja – arthritis with sinusitis (Puls), with yellow-green discharge in sinus; post nasal drip. Worse left side. “Old soldiers with stiff left knee.” Chronic mucus or history of Gonorrhea. Infections and periodic aggravations (Medorrhinum is the acute)
Source: Dave’s Healing Notes