Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Rhus tox
- Topical Homeopathic Remedy Containing Symphytum officinale, Rhus toxicodendron, and Ledum palustre
- Calcarea carbonica
- Calcarea fluorica
- Kali carbonicum
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in joints has become damaged, disrupting the smooth gliding motion of the joint surfaces. The result is pain, swelling, and deformity.
The pain of osteoarthritis typically increases with joint use and decreases with rest. For reasons that aren’t clear, although x-rays can find evidence of arthritis, the level of pain and stiffness experienced by people does not always match the extent of injury noticed on x-rays.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Osteoarthritis
compared the effectiveness of the homeopathic remedy
6x against the anti-inflammatory drug fenoprofen, as well as placebo.
A much larger double-blind study compared a homeopathic gel containing the remedies
Symphytum officinale, Rhus toxicodendron,
against a gel made from the anti-inflammatory drug piroxicam.
However, these results are not as promising as they might at first appear. Oral piroxicam is a well-established therapy for osteoarthritis, but the effectiveness of piroxicam gel is far from clear. Thus, it is possible that this study simply proved that the two gels were equally ineffective! Furthermore, the "homeopathic remedies" contained in the gel were more like herbal treatments than homeopathic treatments, because they were not extremely diluted.
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Osteoarthritis
If your arthritis pain and stiffness is worse in the morning, is relieved by heat, but aggravated by cold, and improves with movement, then you may fit the
Calcarea carbonica is used for arthritis made worse by cold or damp, especially when it is the knees that are especially painful. People prescribed this remedy are often overweight and out of shape.
Calcarea fluorica is often recommended for arthritis related to past injuries.
Kali carbonicum may be used when arthritis has led to permanently swollen or deformed joints.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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