Alternative Treatment for Arthritis

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Homeopathy is a holistic way of dealing with an illness. The approach is more on understanding the entire body rather than the problem and dealing with it by using natural remedies to help the body.

The belief is that the human body is capable of healing itself. By using the right natural remedy in a specific situation, it would help stimulate the body to efficiently heal itself.

The remedies used are found in nature with the belief that “like cures like”. What this means is that a substance which causes symptoms in a healthy person would, in very small and controlled doses, treat an illness that showcases the same symptoms. For example, red onion can actually cause people’s eyes to water. Because of this, it is used as a homeopathic treatment for allergies.

Because of the holistic and natural approach of homeopathy, it has become a popular alternative or adjunct treatment for a lot of illnesses such as chronic fatigue, depression, constipation, and arthritis.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is one of the most common, but least understood, illnesses in the world today. It is in fact, not a single disease. It simply groups together all conditions of joint pains and joint diseases. There are actually more than a hundred different types of arthritis currently known and people of all races, age, and gender can be affected one way or another.

This can be a very debilitating condition. As a matter of fact, it is the current leading cause of disabilities in the United States, with one form or another, affecting over 50 million people.

Symptoms of Arthritis

There are a lot of different symptoms associated with arthritis. And these can also vary depending on the type of arthritis the person is suffering from. But the common symptoms include joints that are experiencing pain, swelling, stiffness, or a decrease in range of motion.

These symptoms can come and go and can range anywhere from mild wherein it is seemingly not there to very severe that it hinders the person from going about with their daily routine. If left untreated, arthritis can lead to permanent damage to the affected joints which would also lead to chronic pain.

It is also worth noting that although arthritis is known to affect the person’s joints, there are types that can affect a person’s heart, lungs, eyes, skin, and kidneys as well.

Types of Arthritis

As mentioned, there are over a hundred different types of arthritis currently known. Below are some of the common ones.

Osteoarthritis

This is the most common kind of arthritis and it occurs due to wear and tear of joints overtime. It usually comes with age, but people who are physically active on a daily basis can also succumb to this early on if proper precautions are not taken.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This type of arthritis happens when the body’s autoimmune system is supposed to be trying to get rid of an infection through inflammation, but accidentally attacks the joints instead thus causing swelling and pain.

Gout

This is caused by consumption of food and drink with high concentration of purines. If there is too much of it, the body won’t be able to get rid of them all and they turn to uric acid which develops crystals in joints, thus causing pain and swelling.

Treating Arthritis with Homeopathy

People who are looking for arthritis treatment want to remove the pain. However, the pain and swelling is a by-product of a deeper seated issue within the body. By addressing that issue through homeopathic treatments, the pain is relieved and the risk of permanent damage to the joints is removed. Below are some of the common homeopathic treatments for arthritis and when they are used.

Rhus Tox

This is used when there is severe stiffness accompanying the pain in the joints. When resting, the pain actually gets worse. This is also true when the weather becomes colder or damper. Initial motion can also be very stiff and painful, but it decreases with continuous motion.

Guaiacum

In situations wherein arthritis mainly affects the small joints particularly wrists and fingers, then guaiacum is a good homeopathic treatment. This is especially true if the pain becomes worse with warmth and fees better with cold.

Bryonia

If the person feels terrible pain with small movement but feels better when resting, then Bryonia might be the way to go.

Ledum

For arthritis pain in the areas of the ankles, feet, and ball of the first toe along with the right hip and left shoulder, then Ledum might be the best homeopathic treatment. Also check if the pain is made worse by warm compression and if the pain subsides with cold.

Belladonna

This is a good homeopathic treatment for sudden flare-ups of arthritis when there is a burning sensation along with throbbing pain. The affected joints would look quite red and inflamed. It would also be warm or hot to the touch.

Pulsatilla

When the pain unpredictably moves from one joint to another, then Pulsatilla might be the perfect homeopathic treatment for arthritis. This is also characterized by pain being felt on the hips, knees, and heels. The symptoms become worse in warm temperatures and feel better in colder temperatures or even in open air. The person would be rather moody as well.

Get Treated for Arthritis

Arthritis can be a life changing illness. It can seriously alter how a person goes about their daily lives. But you do not have to live with arthritis forever. And you can’t because it will continuously decay the condition of your joints. There is always an option to take homeopathic remedies to target the actual cause of the arthritis and not just the symptoms.

Don’t live with arthritis, get rid of it.

If you are ready to live a pain free life, do not hesitate to contact me for a consultation.

**Please note** These descriptions cannot be used to treat, but just to give a person an idea of the different homeopathic remedies available. Each remedy must be matched to the individual’s unique problem. This is why it’s best to consult a homeopathic specialist on your individual situation.

Dr Alan Greenberg

Dr Alan Greenberg

Certified by the Nevada State Homeopathic Board of Examiners

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