This article on Plan and treatment for arthritis is presented jointly
by Dr Talat Javed, Professor and Head of the Department, Materia Medica
Nagpur Homoeopathic Medical College and the readers Dr S.M Thakre and
Dr Madhu Agarwal
Arthritis is the disorder of the connective
tissues. This is inflammatory in nature at onset and lasts for a maximum
period of sufferings. At the later stage it becomes degenerative. On
generalization it is found that the pain, stiffness and aggravation
by damp cold environment are the major symptoms. From the seat of action,
nature of disease and symptoms of the disease all the miasms are behind
arthritis. On the basis of progress of disease we can conclude that
they are sycosyphillitic in nature, and sycotic miasm is predominantly
present behind this disease.
Nosodes in Arthritis
No cure is possible without the intercurrent
remedies. Nosodes and predominantly antimiasmatic remedies are used
as intercurrent . In this count, Thuja and Medorrhinum becomes most
important remedies in the way of cure. When the disease is advanced
next important medicine are Merc sol and Syphillinum. When arthritis
is in acute stage, recurrence and inflammatory reaction is very prominent
where there is a role of Tuberculinum as an intercurrent.Let us discuss
the role of nosode in the arthritis and their indications.
It is a medicine for constitutional effects
of maltreated and suppressed gonorrhoea, for the person suffering from
gout and rheumatism. Muscular –articular pains, burning of the
small joints and of backbone. Acute rheumatism aggravated by movement.
Chronic rheumatism is better by movement. Burning pains of the vertebral
coloum, hands and feet. Neuralgic type of pains coming and going suddenly.
Worse in humid weather or before a storm. Subject hasty, amnesia of
recent facts. Amelioration of all the symptoms by the seaside. Better
by knee elbow position.
Constant desire for movement. Aggravation of
articular pains in standing position. Pain of the back and a sensation
of wearing humid dresses. Sensation of being beaten in the bones, especially
before storm. Unstable subject, changing places and changes the place
of object. Mobility of symptoms.anxiety, emaciation, capricious appetite
afraid of dogs. Aversion to meat, desires for cold milk, sweets and
1) RHUS TOX
Recurring attacks due to getting chilled or
hot. Arthritis caused by damp weather and worse by damp climate. Hot,
painful swelling of joints. Pain tearing in tendons, ligaments and fasciae.
Lameness, stiffness, pain on first moving after rest or on getting up
in the morning. Amelioration by walking or continued motion.
Great restlessness, anxiety, apprehension.
Tongue dry sore, red cracked, triangular red
tip takes imprint of teeth.
Joints red swollen hot with stitches and tearing. Worse on slightest
motion and relieved by moderate pressure and warmth. Irritable patient.
Tongue dry, great thirst.
Arthritis from getting cold and wet, due to living in damp basements
or where there has been great difference in temperature within twenty
four hours, in warm summer days followed by cold nights.
Arthritis due to suppression of perspiration.
Rheumatism alternates with Diarrhoea.
4) APIS MEL
Inflammation of joints with stinging and burning pains, which are worse
in warm room and by warm applications and better by cold application
and cold air. Parts look red and hot to touch. Oedema. Bag like puffy
swelling under the eyes. No thirst.
5) LEDUM PAL
Specific in arthritis when the affections travel from downwards to upwards.
Chilly and yet the pains are better by cold application. Worse by warm
Shifting arthritis, during warm weather. Stiff joints more at night.
Can’t bear to have it moved or touched. Oedematous swelling and
coldness of legs and feet. Scanty dark coloured urine. There may be
aversion to food, which smells as soon as served.
Tearing pains, which wander from joints to joints with swelling of joints.
Worse before or after a thunderstorm/cold or wet or unsettled weather.
Better from warm wrapping. Cannot rest unless legs are crossed. Dread
of a thunderstorm.
Shifting pains, coming on at night, in a warm room and at rest. Better
in open air, motion and warm application. Mild yielding disposition
easily moved to tears.
Violent sharp pain coming suddenly, which makes the patient crazy. The
patient says he would prefer death or anything rather than the pains.
Specific for pains with numbness.
Rheumatic pains in shoulder, arms and hands. Growing pains. Immovable
stiffness. Joints swollen, painful and intolerance of pressure. Can
bear no heat in the affected parts. Better from cold bath and cold application.
Unclean odor from the whole body. Arthritis with sore throat, tonsillitis
11) STELLARIA MEDIA
It is indicated in sharp shifting pains in all parts with soreness worse
by motion. Pain with liver complaints.
Calcarea carb, Lycopodium, Sulphur, Thuja, Kali-Iod, Kali-carb, Calcarea
To be selected on the basis of Constitutional symptoms.