Arthritis and rheumatism are among the commonest forms of chronic disease and, with an aging population, are set to
become commoner still. Strictly speaking, arthritis means disease of the joints, while rheumatism is disease of the soft
connective tissues which support and move the joints. In fact, the distinction is often artificial, since many of these conditions
affect both the joints and connective tissues.
There are many problems with current conventional treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. For instance, although osteoarthritis rarely, if ever, killed anyone, a group of drugs often used in its treatment, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), including aspirin, Ibuprofen and Voltaren among many others, certainly has. There are some 12,000 hospital admissions and 2,000 deaths from these drugs every year in the UK alone. Similarly for rheumatoid arthritis, a range of powerful drugs is available but all of these have long and alarming lists of side effects.
The homeopathic approach
In treating someone suffering from arthritis and rheumatism with homeopathy, just as with any other condition, I look at the person as a whole. In practice this means starting by looking at what exactly the problem is: pain, stiffness, sleep disturbance, limitation of particular activities, or what? Where is it? How long has it been a problem? We then look at factors that make the condition better or worse eg heat or cold, movement or rest. And then there is the rest of the case, mental and emotional, diet and whatever else can affect or be affected by the condition.
This is all important in choosing remedies for both the local problem and the whole person dealing with the problem.
I also use the Heel range of injectables
And then there are natural anti-infalmmatories like
My experience is that a correctly formulated combination treatment for each individual patient can reduce symptoms greatly and help with overall quality of life.
Chronic pain in the joints and muscles is becoming endemic in our population and
patients are constantly looking for alternatives to conventional medicines which introduce unwanted side effects and rarely treat the cause. The homeopathic approach aims at getting to the root of the problem, feeding the joints, cleaning out and alkalising the system, and tackling the bigger emotional problems often behind the pain. Remedies, injections, natural anti-inflammatories, diet changes and supplementation can all work together to slow down degeneration, alleviate pain and encourage the patient to make lifestyle changes that can assist in the healing process.
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