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.
However, the results were not promising. At the conclusion of the study, fenoprofen was found to provide
greater pain relief than
and the homeopathic remedy proved no more effective than 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.
Of the 184 people with knee arthritis who were enrolled in this study, 172 were followed for the full 4 weeks. The results showed that the two treatments were equally effective.
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
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