Rheumatism refers to any painful disorder of the joints or muscles
or connective tissues.
rheumatoid_arthritis, atrophic_arthritis, rheumatism
A chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and
marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack
on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that
stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction
of all components of the joint.
‘rheumatic disorders’ include:-
Ø Polymyalgia Rheumatica – in this
disorder there is pain and stiffness in a lot of different muscles,
especially those around the shoulders. It affects mainly the elderly.
Ø Tenosynovitis – This is an inflammation
of the sheathes of the tendons – they are the cord-like structures
in the wrist and elsewhere, which many older people call ‘leaders’.
Ø Capsulitis – this is an inflammation
of the capsule (the covering) of the joint, often the shoulder.
Ø Bursitis – This is an inflammation
caused by friction between soft tissues and underlying bone. A ‘sac’
of fluid develops.
Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for RHEUMATISM,
#Rhus toxicodendron. [Rhus-t]
From the earliest homoeopathic times Rhus has been the great rheumatic
remedy of the school, comparing only with Bryonia; and the difference
between these remedies must be repeated once more.
Restlessness and desire to move about continually, on account of
the relief it to the aches and pains.
Disposition to keep perfectly still, since moving causes an aggravation
of of all aches and yet sometimes pains force patient to move .
Suitable especially to rheumatism affecting fibrous tissues, sheaths
of muscles etc., Rheumatism from exposure to wet when overheated
Suitable to rheumatism of the joints and of muscular tissues itself.
This is not especially the case with Bryonia, though a Bryonia rheumatism
from these causes.
All Rhus rheumatic symptoms are relieved by motion. They are worse
from sitting and worse from rising from a sitting position, or on
first commencing to move; continued motion, however, relieves. Warmth
also relieves the Rhus rheumatism. Damp weather and the approach
of storms aggravate. Cold also aggravates. Rhododendron is similar,
in that change of weather aggravates. The character of the Rhus
pains is first a stiffness and soreness. there are also tearing
pains,drawing, paralyzed sensations and even stitches. The sudden
pain in the back known as "crick" is met well with Rhus.
Rhus has an especial affinity for the deep muscles of the back.
It is perhaps the most often indicated of any remedy in lumbago.
It is also, it may be mentioned in passing, a remedy for the effects
of overexertion such as sprains, wrenches, etc., being to fibrous
tissues what Arnica is to the softer structures. The rheumatism
keeling for Rhus may appear in any part ;of the body; the lower
extremities seem to have suffered most in the provers. The great
keynotes of Rhus are the following: 1. Relief from continued motion;
the lumbago, however, being sometimes worse from motion. 2. The
stiffness and soreness. 3. The aggravation when first beginning
to move.4. The aggravation from damp weather and cold. cold air
is not tolerated; it seems to make the skin painful. 5. The relief
of all the symptoms by warmth. Rhus will not cure every case of
rheumatism, but it will cure a good many.
The rheumatism of Bryonia attacks the joints themselves, producing
articular rheumatism, and it also inflames the muscle tissue, causing
muscular rheumatism. The muscles are sores and swollen, and the
joints are violently inflamed, red, swollen, shiny,l and very hot.
The pains are sharp,stitching or cutting in character, and the great
feature of the drug should always be present, namely the aggravation
from the slightest motion. Touch and pressure also aggravate. There
is but little tendency for the rheumatism of Bryonia to shift about
like that of Pulsatilla or Kalmia. It is not liable to be mistaken
for any other remedy. Ledum has some points of similarity. It would
come in in articular rheumatism, where there is a scanty effusion,
while Bryonia tends to copious exudation. Bryonia seems to suit
well the acid condition of the blood, which gives rise to rheumatism;
it has a sour sweat; also, Kali carbonicum has stitching pains,
but absence of fever will distinguish it from Bryonia. Bryonia,
Ledum, Nux and Colchicum are the four chief remedies having aggravation
from motion. General constitutional symptoms will most likely be
present in cases calling for Bryonia. Excessive tenderness of the
soles of the feet in rheumatism may suggest antimonium crudum.
This remedy resembles Rhus quite closely in many respects. The following
are some of the differences:
The restlessness of this remedy occurs only at night. Rheumatism
caused by dry, cold frosty air. Pains impel constant motion, which
does not relieve.
Restlessness all the time. Rheumatism from damp wet weather. Motion
relieves the patient temporarily.
The symptoms calling for Causticum are a stiffness of the joints.
The tendons seem shortened and the limbs are drawn out of shape.
It is a sort ;of rheumatoid arthritis. As with Rhus, there is relief
from warmth. There are drawing muscular pains sand soreness of the
parts o;f which the patient lies. It has been found useful in rheumatism
about the articulations of the jaw. Rhus has a cracking of the lower
jaw when chewing. Colocynth has a stiffness about the joints and
is also a useful remedy in articular rheumatism. Causticum, like
Guaiacum and Ledum, has gouty concretions in the joints. There is
much weakness and trembling with Causticum, as with all the preparations
of potash, and it is ;of little use in arthritic troubles if fever
be present. Weakness of the ankle-joint, contracted tendons, and
a sprained feeling in the hip-joints are some of its important symptoms.
Ledum is one of our best remedies for rheumatism ands gout, especially
the latter. The great symptom which has always been regarded as
the distinctive characteristic is the direction the pains takes,
namely, going from below upwards. Like Caulophyllum and some others,
Ledum seems to haves a predilection for the smaller joints. Nodes
form in them and the pains travel up the limbs. The pains are made
worse from the warmth of the bed. the effusion into the joints is
scanty and it soon hardens and forms the nodosities above mentioned.
Ledum, like Colchicum, causes acute, tearing pains in the joints;
weakness of the limbs and numbness and coldness of the surface.
Kalmia also has pains which travel upwards, but the character of
the pains will distinguish. It may also be mentioned that Ledum
is an excellent remedy in erythema nodosum, which is of rheumatic
origin. Ledum produces and cures in certain cases an obstinate swelling
of the feet. Wine aggravates all the symptoms of this drug. The
characteristics of Ledum may be thus summed up: 1. Upward extension
of the pains 2. Tendency to the formation of nodes in the small
joints. 3. Aggravation ;by the warmth ;of the bed. 4. Aggravation
by motion. It is useful, too, after the abuse of Colchicum in large
Pulsatilla is usually brought prominently to mind when there is
a tendency for the rheumatism to shift about, wandering rheumatic
pains being one of its red strings. But other remedies have this
symptom also, prominent among them being Kalmia, Bryonia, Colchicum,
Sulphur, Kali bichromicum and that member of the tissue family most
resembling Pulsatilla, namely, Kali sulphuricum. There is little
trouble in distinguishing Pulsatilla from any or all of these remedies
by its general symptoms. Kali sulphuricum, however, will give the
most trouble, but it is not a well-proven remedy and need only be
thought of to try when Pulsatilla seems the remedy yet fails. Other
characteristics of the Pulsatilla rheumatism are the aggravation
from warmth, aggravation in the evening, and the relief from cold.
The knee, ankle and tarsal joints are the most usual seat of the
trouble when Pulsatilla is indicated. There is, too a restlessness
with the remedy, the pains are so severe that the patient is compelled
to moves, and slow, easy motion relieves, as also with Lycopodium
and Ferrum. A prominent use for Pulsatilla is in gonorrhoeal rheumatism.
The joints are swollen and the pains are sharp and stinging, with
a feeling of subcutaneous ulceration. Kali bichromicum is also a
remedy for gonorrhoeal rheumatism, as well as for wandering rheumatic
pains; it has relief in a warm room, which at once distinguishes
it from Pulsatilla. Thuja is another remedy for gonorrhoeal rheumatism.
Rheumatism dependent on disturbance of the liver or stomach is apt
to find its remedy in Pulsatilla.