Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Classical Homeopathic Remedy
- Combination Homeopathic Remedy Containing Rhus toxicodendron, Bryonia cretica, Strychnos nux vomica, Berberis vulgaris, and Ledum palustre
- Calcarea carbonica
- Apis mellifica
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in the general family of lupus. In this condition, the immune system goes awry and attacks healthy tissues, especially the cartilage of the joints. Various joints become red, hot, and swollen under the onslaught. The pattern of inflammation is usually symmetrical, occurring in approximately the same places on both sides of the body. Other symptoms include inflammation of the eyes, nodules or lumps under the skin, and a general feeling of malaise.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women than in men and typically begins between the ages of 35 and 60. The diagnosis is made by matching the pattern of symptoms with certain characteristic laboratory results.
Note: Certain conventional medical treatments can slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. There is no evidence that any homeopathic remedy has the same power. In any case, rheumatoid arthritis is far too serious a disease for self-treatment. Doctor’s supervision is essential.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Studies performed to evaluate the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies for rheumatoid arthritis have returned mixed results.
Rhus toxicodendron, Bryonia cretica, Strychnos nux vomica, Berberis vulgaris, Ledum palustre
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
In classical homeopathy , there are many possible homeopathic treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, to be chosen based on various specific details of the person seeking treatment.
The symptom picture for Calcarea carbonica includes feeling extremely fatigued and depleted, with cold limbs, swelling in the joints, and difficulty climbing stairs or even walking. These symptoms worsen with exposure to cold or dampness, in the morning, and with exertion.
For those with arthritic symptoms who are extremely sensitive to cold, the homeopathic remedy Causticum might be recommended. Other features of the symptom picture include feeling restless, while noticing that moving around does not make you feel any better; preferring damp weather over dry conditions; and experiencing a dislike of wind.
If, however, you tend to feel better rather than worse in cool air, you might fit the picture of Apis mellifica , made from the venom of the honey bee. Other symptoms traditionally associated with this remedy include feeling restless and fidgety overall, and noticing increased discomfort when you are exposed to heat from any source, when touch or pressure is applied to your joints, and when you lie down.
Other Natural Options
For herbs, supplements and other alternative treatments that may be useful for this condition, see the Rheumatoid Arthritis article.
For a thorough explanation of homeopathy, including dilution of therapies, see the Homeopathy Overview .
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -