Creating Waves of Awareness
Arthritis affects millions around the world, men ,women and sometime children. Elderly are often the victim.
Arthritis is inflammation of joints. In anatomy it is the area where two joints meet. It is not just one condition. There are more than 100 types of arthritis; Here only the types that are normally encountered will be discussed.
The causes of most of them are still not established and remains unknown .However it involves the
breakdown of cartilages which normally protects a joint allowing it to move smoothly.
Cartilages also absorbs shocks when pressure is applied in joints, for example when, walking, jumping,or even playing; When cartilages get worn out due use, the bones start rubbing against each other causing pain swelling , inflammation and stiffness.
Most common of them is Osteoarthritis. Some other major types are as under.
Rheumatoid arthritis , Fibromyalgia, Gout,Lupus, Juvenile arthritis, Lyme disease, Scleroderma, Ankyliosing, and Spondyliosis.
Osteoarthritis as mentioned earlier is the degeneration of joints,and is caused by breakdown of joint cartilages , which act as cushion between the bones. It normally affects single joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory type of arthritis. It is considered as an autoimmune
disease. I t is to be noted that immune cells attack the body's own healthy tissues.
Lining of the joint called Synovium is affected primarily by RA ( rheumatoid arthritis). It is to be
noted that there is a symmetrical pattern of affected joints, example both knees, both shoulders
RA can be detected by blood test.
The important characteristics of RA are, extreme fatigue, nodules which forms on joints, morning stiffness of small joints of hands and feet. Joint pains are worse later in the day. The joints may feel
warmer and swell. Bone spurs may form, bony enlargement, and limited range of movement may be experienced.
Here the pain is felt throughout the body and where the muscles and tendons are attached to bones
This is accompanied by fatigue.
This is another type of arthritis (see my posting on Gout for detail) where uric acid crystals are deposited in joint causing heat swelling and acute pain.
There are others such as Lupus, Juvenile arthritis, Lyme disease, Scleroderma, Ankylosing, and Spondyliosis.
In conventional treatment it is often pain and inflammation relieving drugs, such as Advil, Aleeve, Bayers Aspirin, etc. In conjunction with these one may resort to heat and cold application.
Stem cell therapy is also an option subject to medical advice,in some cases.
Often as a last resort hip and Knee replacement surgery are also applied.
Homeopathy can play a big part in alleviating the problems encountered in Arthritis. Specially
when it is combined with life style changes, specially in realm of food and daily activity such as
walking, swimming, yoga and meditation.
The earlier one notices the symptom of arthritis and takes remedial measures as suggested above, the results can be very rewarding. Ignoring it, is inviting pain and more pain.
The medicine that are often of help in arthritis are as given below. There are many other medicine depending on symptoms,which all cannot be listed in this short article. Only some important ones are mentioned below.
Pain in knee joints,worse by movements,Better initial movement, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising,from seat,pain in heels,worse by movements.
Severe drawing, erratic pain in small joints, fingers,toes, ankles. Aching in wrist, cutting pain in closing hands, erratic pain ,changing places every two minutes.
Nodosities in joints with gastric complaints. At last,nodules become painless in RA. Tongue whitish and thickly coated.
Complaints of ankle and feet, stiffness.
Gouty nodosities of joints , tearing pain in extremities and contraction of muscles. Feeling of heat in affected limbs. Ankle pain extending up to leg causing lameness. Rheumatic pain in shoulder arms, and hands. Gnawing pain. Contraction of limbs, stiffness and immobility .Pain from head to neck,aching in nape. Stiff neck and sore shoulders. Stiches between scapulae to occiput.
Arthritic deformans (chronic rhematoid, particularly of fingers)
Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along the course of the nerve.
Rheumatic pain , worse after washing clothes doing laundry work.
Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along the sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain.
Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling
Mother tincture and Nosodes
I would like to add here some mother tinctures and Nosode which are also utilized for different condition.
Urtica urens (MT)
Almost specific for Gout ( to drain out uric acid and urates)
Pain in heels,better by putting most of the weight on them
O. A Nosode
Osteoarthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain , swelling ,stiffness, and tenderness of joints , worse by motion ( cracking of joints) and cold , better by warmth.
Ref: Miami Herald, Wikipedia, Boericke's MM, Dhama.