Arthritis is a general term for numerous conditions that affect bone joints; scientists do not know exactly what cause arthritis. Some think the disease is genetic-something that is inherited from your parents. Other think arthritis is caused by infection, obesity, bone damage, or another disease. Regardless of the cause or type of arthritis, people with arthritis experience chronic pain and swelling in their joints.
Many people think arthritis is a disease that older people get as their joints wear down. It is true that the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis mostly affects people aged sixty and older. But people of any age can develop arthritis. In fact, more than 25,000 children in United States have one of several forms of the disease. Together these forms are called juvenile arthritis. Some young People develop osteoarthritis, but the most common form of juvenile arthritis is JRA. There are two main types of arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They are quite different from each other. Osteoarthritis is a condition that occurs when cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joints breaks down and wears away. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease caused by problems with the body’s immune system.
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat arthritis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for homeopathic treatment of arthritis that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for the homeopathic treatment of arthritis:
Bryonia Alba – Pain with inflammation which, is aggravated by movement and relieved by moderate pressure and rest.
Ledum pal – Excellent remedy for gout and rheumatism which is of ascending nature, better by cold application.
Rhus Tox – Pain aggravated by first movement, damp weather and better by continuous motion.
Colchicum – pain worse by motion touch or mental effort, better by warmth and rest.
Kalmia lot – descending type of pain, pain with palpitation of heart and slow pulse.
Guaiacum – Gouty abscesses of joints, pain relieved by cold bath and cold application.
Calcaria Carb – Arthritic swelling, knee pain especially in fleshy people which is worse by cold.
Benzoic acid – gouty concretions of joints, knee pain due to abnormal deposition of uric acid.
Hypericum – Remarkable remedy for rheumatoid arthritis has outstanding action over nerve pain.
The ancient Ayurvedic texts describe two basic types of arthritis that correspond with osteoarthritis (Sandhigat Vata) and rheumatoid arthritis (Ama Vat). It is important to remember when considering any disease from an Ayurvedic perspective, that it is not just the disease that is treated, it is the person. Every person is treated as a unique case, and many variables are taken into account to ensure that a treatment program is specifically tailored for them as an individual. Having said that, lets take a look at the disease states of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis from an Ayurvedic perspective. In Ayurveda, osteoarthritis is considered a disease of malnutrition that tends to affect vulnerable joints (due to previous injury or infection, congenital reasons, etc). However, as with all disease, to find the root cause of osteoarthritis, we first must look at the processes of digestion, or Agni. When Agni (the ‘digestive fire’ ) is not working properly, wastes or toxins known as Ama are produced instead of useful nutrients for the tissues. These toxins accumulate in the gut and at the same time, Vata (Air/Ether) accumulates in the colon.