The name arthritis has been derived from the combination of Greek words ‘arthron’ which means ‘joints’ and ‘itis’ which means ‘inflammation’. Arthritis is commonly designated as a disease involving inflammation of joints and joint pain which is termed as Arthralgia. Usually this pain has tendency of spreading over the adjoining joints making it unbearable for the patient. Over hundred different types of arthritis have been identified, among which the most common are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis makes it very tough for the person to be physically active and increases vulnerability to high cholesterol, obesity and heart diseases. If left untreated or undiagnosed, irreversible damages can be caused to the patient’s joints, organs and bones.
Certain basic symptoms which the person endures while suffering form arthritis include-
- Joint pain
- Swelling and stiffness in affected joints
- Reddening of the affected area
- Tenderness of joints
- Weakening of muscles
- Restricted movements
- Fatigue and weakness
- Crackling sound in the joints
- Joint deformity
Homeopathy not only helps in relieving the acute discomfort and distress arthritis but also in addressing the underlying causes of the disease. Homeopathic medicines can be chosen according to sensation, causes and modalities of complaint. Effective remedies for arthritis include-
Guaiacum– It is prescribed when the patient suffers from intense pain and swelling in joints which gets even worse by warmth. Pain is basically experienced in the region between foot and the knee. This remedy even helps in stabilizing arthralgia with gout inflammation attacks.
Calcaria Carb– This remedy is taken to treat slow pace of tissue development especially in case of a fleshy person with a chronic tendency to catch cold easily. It even cures gouty nodules and swelling in hands, fingers and knee joints.
Rhus Tox– It is considered to be one of the most effective aid for arthritis especially in cases when condition get more worse in damp weather. It provides relief from joint pains accompanied by restlessness and stiffness which increases while resting.
The major cause of arthritis is breakdown of the cartilage. Cartilage covers the joint surface of the bones to prevent them from rubbing against one another thus allowing their smooth movements. It even absorbs shock when some pressure is laid on your joints. Damage to cartilage allows direct rubbing or grazing of the bones which produces inflammation, pain and stiffness. Other possible causes of arthritis include-
Excessive pressure over joints
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