Homeopathy for nerve pain

3 Homeopathic Medicines to Help You Beat Spring Aches and Pain

April showers may bring May flowers, but it can also bring aches and pains. For many, spring means hours of prepping backyard gardens for the season. Pulling weeds and tilling soil coupled with changes in the weather can sometimes lead to body aches. Homeopathic single medicines are ideal to help relieve symptoms without causing drowsiness or interacting with other medications.

Here are a few must-haves to help keep you moving this season:

Working in the garden can sometimes lead to muscle pain and stiffness. Single medicines like Arnica montana help relieve these common spring aches and pain.

  • Dulcamara: If the damp spring weather tends to trigger and worsen your joint pain, try Dulcamara, which is made from the Bittersweet plant.*
  • Bryonia: If you’re experiencing both joint and muscle pain that’s improved by rest, try Bryonia. It’s made from White bryony, a perennial vine.*
  • Arnica montana: After working in the garden all day your muscles may feel stiff and achy, try Arnica montana for relief.* Made from a type of Mountain daisy, the pellets can be used in conjunction with the Arnicare line of topicals.

To help you find the right homeopathic medicine for pain relief, download and explore our free Boiron Medicine Finder app.

*These “Uses” have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Arthritis Pain (Homeopathy)

Primary Remedies

Aconitum napellus

This remedy may be helpful for pain and inflammation that comes on suddenly after exposure to cold wind and weather. The person is likely to feel fearful, panicked, or agitated.

Arnica

Chronic arthritis with a feeling of bruised soreness can indicate a need for this remedy. Pain is worse from touch, and may occur in joints that were injured in the past.

Belladonna

Sudden flare-ups of arthritis with a sensation of heat and throbbing pain indicate a need for this remedy. The joints look red and inflamed, and the surface may feel hot to the touch.

Bryonia

This remedy relieves joint pain improved by staying immobile and applying pressure.

Calcarea phosphorica

Stiffness and soreness of the joints, worse from drafts and cold, may be relieved by this remedy. Aching in the bones and tiredness are common, and the person feels worse from exertion. Calcium deposits or bone-spurs may develop, especially in the neck. A feeling of dissatisfaction and a strong desire for travel or a change of circumstances are often seen in individuals who need this remedy.

Ledum palustre

Arthritis that starts in lower joints and extends to higher ones suggests a need for this remedy. Pain and inflammation often begin in the toes and spread up through the ankles and knees. The joints may make cracking sounds and may be very swollen. Cold applications bring relief to both the pain and swelling.

Pulsatilla

Pain that moves unpredictably from one joint to another suggests a need for this remedy. The hips and knees are often affected, and pain may be felt in the heels. Symptoms are worse from warmth, and better from cold applications and open air. A person who needs this remedy often is moody and changeable, and usually wants a lot of attention and comforting.

Rhus toxicodendron

This relieves muscular and articular pains at the beginning of motion, and then improved by slow motion.

Other Remedies

Apis mellifica

This remedy relieves swollen joints with itching and stinging pain, relieved by cold compresses.

Calcarea carbonica

This remedy is often useful for arthritis in a person who is chilly, flabby or overweight, and easily tired by exertion. Inflammation and soreness are worse from cold and dampness, and weakness or cramping in the extremities are often seen. Problems often focus on the knees when Calcarea is needed.

Caulophyllum thalictroides

This remedy relieves arthritis and rheumatic pain localized in the fingers’ phalanges.

Causticum

This relieves joint pain and arthritis pain with stiffness and feeling that tendons are too short.

Cimicifuga racemosa

This remedy relieves neck pain and cramps caused by bad posture and aggravated by cold and humidity.

Dulcamara

This remedy relieves joint pain and stiffness triggered by dampness and cold.

Ruta graveolens

Arthritis with a feeling of great stiffness and lameness, worse from cold and damp, and worse from exertion often is relieved by this remedy. Tendons and the capsules of the joints may be affected. Arthritis may have developed after overuse, from repeated wear and tear.

Is Homeopathic Pain Treatment Right for You?

Pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek out alternative therapies. And when you’re looking for pain relief, you may want to research all of your options, including homeopathic pain remedies.

“Homeopathy is a separate system of medicine that is really not in the same framework as what we consider conventional medicine,” says homeopath Brad Lichtenstein, ND, assistant professor at Bastyr University in Seattle, Wash. “Most commonly people define it by talking about the principle of ‘like cures like.’”

The system of homeopathy was developed by German physician Samuel Christian Hahnemann over 200 years ago. Hahnemann observed that, in some cases, people could be cured of their health conditions if they were given a small amount of a substance that would, in a healthy individual and in stronger doses, cause the same symptoms.

However, there is more to treating a condition than simply asking about a symptom and seeking a homeopathic pain treatment. There are thousands of treatments available in the homeopathic system. A practitioner will select the appropriate one based not only on a person’s symptoms, but also on the overall impact of the ailment on that individual.

“We’re looking at the whole person as much as possible. We don’t just treat a symptom — we look at the whole characteristic of the injury,” explains Lichtenstein. “A homeopath needs to know more about the symptoms than most conventional or even naturopathic care does. If you break a bone you could use herbal medicine, but with homeopathy you need to know about the quality of the pain and what else happens for the person.” For example, a practitioner might ask the patient to describe the pain and how it affects him, such as whether it makes him feel irritable or sluggish.

However, extensive research has not been done on homeopathic pain treatments. Some research suggests that natural pain relief may be effective. For instance, extracts of the herb calendula helped lab rats with skin burns heal faster. But in another study, a homeopathic remedy was no more effective than a placebo in reducing the need for morphine after knee surgery.

Homeopathic Pain Treatment

Here are a few of the most commonly used homeopathic pain remedies:

  • Arnica. This is an herbal remedy used since the 1500s to soothe aching muscles and heal wounds. Lichtenstein says that it is good for sprains and bruises.
  • Bryonia alba is for pain that feels like a sticking, cutting, or tearing sensation when you’re in motion, especially in joints or muscles.
  • Guaiacum is for achy, swollen, stiff joints that feel worse with pressure, often for pain in the head, face, or neck.
  • Hypericum, also known as St. John’s wort, may be recommended for “shooting” pain, such as for injuries that involve nerve damage.
  • Ledum may be taken for conditions that affect the joints, such as swollen or cold joints, or pain that gets worse when the body is in motion.
  • Rhus toxicodenrun is made from poison ivy. This remedy is recommended for back pain, arthritis, and any pain that is worse in the morning and gets better with heat and motion.

The pros of homeopathic pain treatment include:

  • Treatments are personalized.
  • Remedies may be less expensive than pharmaceuticals.
  • Combination remedies often include at least one ingredient that may help you.

The cons of homeopathic pain treatment include:

  • Health insurance likely won’t pay for these treatments.
  • There are side effects, as with all remedies.
  • Research into the use of homeopathic remedies for pain is not conclusive.

How to Find a Practitioner

There are no national certification programs for homeopaths. When you are trying to find a qualified homeopath, Lichtenstein suggests asking how long he has been practicing and where he studied or trained in homeopathy. The question-and-answer process may also help you determine whether you could work with him over a long period of time.

Many homeopathic practitioners sell the remedies they recommend at their office. You should be able to buy homeopathic pain remedies at an organic food store. If you live in an area where there are no homeopathic practitioners or stores that sell homeopathic remedies, Lichtenstein says it is safe to order combination remedies online from reputable sellers.

We sell homeopathic creams for nerve injuries on our site. The remedy best known for injuries to areas rich in nerves, including the spinal cord is Hypericum perforatum. This is also a great remedy for painful wounds in general. Here is some information about Hypericum, and the other first aid creams, which may also help in nerve injuries.

Arnica montana is our great remedy for shock and trauma and for injuries to muscular tissue. Some sources say it is the first remedy to be thought for for an accident or injury, but J.T. Kent and others say that sometimes this is not the case. In the case of a nerve injury to the fingers, toes, or coccyx it is better to go straight to Hypericum. When my eldest son was a baby someone slammed a door on his indecx finger, nearly severing it. The first thing I did was give him Arnica, but he did not stop screaming, then I gave him Hypericum 30C and he stopped screaming instantly. That experience drove the point home to me that the location of the injury is important, what is injured is also important. Remember that Arnica cannot be used on an open wound. If surgery will be necessary it is better to wait till after the surgery to give the Hypericum in potency, as Hypericum can interfere with anesthesia.

Bellis perennis is a remedy and cream I do not sell, but I am mentioning it here, because it is also a remedy that can help with injuries to areas rich in nerves, like Hypericum. The texts say, “injuries to the nerves with intense soreness, better by cold bathing.”

Calendula officinalis is our great wound healer. It is listed in the texts for injuries to parts rich in sentient nerves and lacerations, again like Hypericum. My recommendation would be to combine Hypericum and Calendula (we have a cream that does just that) in injured nerves to get the benefit of both working together to heal the wound.

Hypericum perforatum should be thought of for injuries to areas rich in sentient nerves, such as the fingers and toes and the spine. It is a specific for injuries to the sacrum or coccyx. A characteristic of injuries needing Hypericum is that the pain radiates up and down from the site of the injury. Like Arnica, Hypericum is an important remedy for head injuries. Hypericum is good for wounds that are very painful. I sell a cream that combines Hypericum and Calendula for wound healing. Hypericum is good for insect and animal bites where you have shooting pains along the course of the nerve from the site of the bite. Hypericum can help with excessively painful hemorrhoids. It can also help with painful boils, abscesses and cysts. Hypericum is also an important remedy for injuries to dental nerves. Taking the remedy in potency, rubbing it on the cheek where the tooth is, or gargling with the tincture can all help with dental nerve pain, where the pain radiates from the injured tooth.

Ledum palustre also gets a mention in the field of injured nerves, particularly from sharp pointed objects. The characteristic feeling of coldness, but amelioration from cold applications should be present to confirm this prescription.

Ruta graveolens gets a mention for traumatic neuroma or benign tumors from injuries. Ruta helps with bone injuries with torn ligaments, muscles or nerves. It also gets a mention for sciatic nerve pain after injury.

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***note*** This information is incomplete and not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Please refer to a homeopathic materia medica or homeopathic repertory for a more complete list of remedies for any given symptom. Please see your homeopath or doctor for assistance if your symptoms persist.

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Homeopathy proved its worth as a powerful treatment in the swine flu epidemic of 1918-1919. During this epidemic, which killed 22 million people worldwide, deaths in patients treated with homeopathy were rare.

In an effort to eliminate the competition, the American Medical Association teamed up with the pharmaceutical industry to set standards for hospitals and medical schools that homeopathic institutions could not meet. This caused the closing of all the homeopathic institutions and virtually eliminated the practice of homeopathy in the U.S. Homeopathy has remained popular in most of Europe. It is currently enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in the U.S. as Americans look for safer medical treatments.

Homeopathic treatment is traditionally based on the principle that the whole person, rather than a specific symptom, needs to be treated, and is based on a detailed assessment of the patient. Two patients with the same symptom may get prescribed different remedies. Randomized, controlled studies of individualized homeopathic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia all demonstrated significant pain relief and improvement in functioning and quality of life.

In more recent years, combination homeopathic drugs have been developed that contain multiple homeopathic remedies for more general use. One, called Lymphdiaral basistophen, was found in a double-blind, randomized controlled study to significantly improve functional ability of patients with low back pain compared to a placebo.

Traumeel, a topical ointment that contains 12 homeopathic remedies, has been available over the counter in Germany for over 60 years and is currently available in more than 50 countries. Traumeel was demonstrated in a 1989 doubled-blind randomized controlled study to speed healing of acute ankle sprains, including restoration of full range of motion and resolution of pain during movement.

Traumeel is frequently used with good to very good results in acute musculoskeletal injuries, as well as for degenerative and inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow, according to multicenter drug surveillance studies in Europe. It works as well, or better, than NSAIDs, with no adverse effects.

In the United States, homeopathic remedies are regulated by the FDA. Thanks to the efforts of homeopathic physician Royal Copeland, the U.S.Senator from New York when the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed in 1936, homeopathy’s own standards, as expressed in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), were incorporated as part of the Act. Homeopathic remedies are generally recognized as safe. Most are sold over the counter. They can be found in health food stores and online.

There are currently relatively few homeopathic practitioners in the United States. Since homeopathic remedies are not toxic, it’s safe to try them on your own if you can’t find a practitioner. There are many books, and even apps, that can help you pinpoint the appropriate remedy.

Some other homeopathic remedies to consider, based on their most common uses: arnica montana for muscle sprains and soreness, ruta graveolens for tendonitis and other inflammatory conditions and hypericum perforatum for nerve pain. These homeopathic remedies have been my “go to” treatments whenever I feel the need to medicate pain for over 35 years, with good success.

Nerve weakness

Nervous weakness or neuropathy is a collective term to define various nervous disorders where the nerves become weak and damaged. Most of the time it is temporary but when it persist for a long period, it might cause permanent disabilities. The symptoms starts as mild problems such as headache, fatigue, loss of sensation, numbness, crawling or tingling sensations but then may proceed to weakness or loss of muscle strength, memory loss, diminished sense of smell, vision, taste, touch, or hearing, problems in cognitive ability, anxiety and depression, lack of coordination of movements, muscle weakness and wasting, tremors and stiffness, etc.

The most common causes of nervous weakness are damage or irritation of the nerves such as compression, nerve damage from injuries, nerve degeneration due to aging or other diseases, as an effect of certain toxins or tumors and malnutrition. Some of the conditions which cause nerve weakness are Sciatica, Diabetic Neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell’s Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, etc.

The symptoms start very gradually and increase in severity. Nervous weakness might lead to severe medical conditions and hence it is best to treat it immediately. Good food, a healthy lifestyle, diet, exercises, yoga, physical therapy along with the indicated homeopathic medicines will help to get through the problems at the early stage in a safe way.

Homeopathy is very helpful in cases of many neurological conditions be it physical or psychological. Though the scopes are limited in severe conditions, well selected homeopathic medicines given at the earlier stages of such neuropathies, offer great relief which left untreated may lead to long term discomfort or disability. It always help to know the underlying cause for such symptoms which may not seem important such as long term grief, shocks, emotional attacks, etc.

Kali phosphoricum is commonly used in 3X & 6X for nerve weakness. It also covers weakness of muscles and nerves, mental fatigue, depression, insomnia, muscle and nerve weakness, nervous indigestion, etc.

Some of the other well indicated medicines for nerve weakness in homeopathy are Causticum, Hypericum, Guaicum, Rhustoxicodendron, Ruta graveolans, Viola odarata, Arnica Montana, Agaricus Muscarius, Theridion, Ignatia, Baryta carbonica, Cicuta, Belladonna, Stramonium and Hyoscyamus, etc. The role of homeopathy in many of these conditions is not to cure but, on the whole, to help people cope better with difficulties and a qualified physician should always be consulted. The dosage and repetition depends on the nature and severity of the symptoms.

Management of chronic pain using complementary and integrative medicine

The article by Chen et al (1) has given comprehensive information on the role of various complementary and integrative medical approaches to chronic pain management. The evidence based on scientific studies deals with most of the available complementary medicine groups. However, the role of Homeopathy has not been given enough information. Homeopathy seems to be effective in many chronic conditions especially rheumatic diseases (2). Though research in homeopathy is limited, evidence from other conditions such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis showed to be inconclusive due to lack of high quality evidence (3-6). Positive results were obtained for fibromyalgia using homeopathy (7). Our individual experience showed getting relief from back ache with homeopathy without any side effects, though it took about two weeks to get relief from the pain and with no recurrence till one year. We think that there is a lot of scope in the practice of homeopathy in chronic pain relief. The limitation of homeopathy is that it functions on individualisation of treatment with no specific regimen which can be universalised due to individual differences in body reactions, behaviour and emotions.

1. Chen L, Michalsen A. Management of chronic pain using complementary and integrative medicine. BMJ 2017;357:j1284.
2. Jonas WB, Linde K, Ramirez G. Homeopathy and rheumatic disease. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, 2000; 26: 117–123.
3. Perry R, Terry R, Ernst E. A systematic review of homoeopathy for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Clinical Rheumatology, 2010; 29:457–464.
4. Boehm K, Raak C, Cramer H, Lauche R, Ostermann T. Homeopathy in the treatment of fibromyalgia – A comprehensive literature-review and meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2014; 22: 731–742.
5. Long L, Ernst E. Homeopathic remedies for the treatment of osteoarthritis: a systematic review. British Homeopathic Journal, 2001; 90: 37–43.
6. Saha, Koley M, Medhurst R. A meta-analysis of the randomized controlled trials of individualized homeopathy in rheumatoid arthritis. World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2013; 2: 2097-2117.
7. Aaranowsky J, Klose P, Musial F, Haeuser W, Dobos G, Langhorst J. Qualitative systemic review of randomized controlled trials on complementary and alternative medicine treatments in fibromyalgia. Rheumatol Int 2009;30:1–21.

British Homeopathic Association

Dr Ronald Livingston discusses the homeopathic approach
Pain is perhaps the most widespread and arresting symptom of which patients complain. This makes it particularly suitable to illustrate the action of individual homeopathic medicines.

Defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “suffering or distress”, it could be described as awareness of disturbance of equilibrium, ranging from slight discomfort or unpleasantness, soreness, tenderness and aching to agony.

Much attention is given nowadays in pain clinics to the underlying source and explanation of pain and its function. The central nervous system contains nerve paths concerned predominantly either with muscular activity or sensation. It is the sensory part of the nervous system with which we are concerned. Physiologists sub-divide the two types of pain into protopatic or crude pain and epicritic or more subtle forms of pain which are conveyed through different pathways in the nervous system.

The ordinary approach to this is highly material, even when concerned with matters of the emotions and the mind. We are all accustomed to describe everything in terms of weights, measures and calibrations, to fragment and analyse events and problems into ever smaller parts, rather than consider them as different parts of a whole within which all aspects combine, building up into a harmonised totality.

It is in the latter manner that the homeopathic physician considers pain and other subjective, emotional and psychological states of indisposition or illness.

Instinctive
Pain, we consider, is protective in character – one of the ways in which nature expresses the patient’s needs. Without pain we would not survive very long. Our vulnerability to all sorts of influences adverse to our well­being, especially physical dangers like burns, cuts and other injuries would be vastly increased. Our instinctive reaction to anything unpleasant, whether physical or mental, is to withdraw from it.

In practice we describe pain – emotional or physical – under a variety of headings, each of which suggests to us the probable need for a particular homeopathic remedy best suited to that particular kind of pain within the overall range of the patient’s temperament and character. For instance, an aching pain is almost certain to respond to Arnica. A sharp cutting pain like that inflicted by a clean razor edge responds to Staphisagria. The pain of a sting or stab with a small point of entry, as for instance from stepping on a rusty nail, responds to Ledum especially if the pain is relieved by cold.

Pain resulting from a blow to the soft tissues of the eye is enormously relieved by Bellis perennis. Grazes and superficial wounds and those injuries or conditions in which pain shoots along a limb respond to Hypericum. Cantharis relieves the pain of a burn or scald, Apis or Urtica urens that of stings and allergic lumps and bumps which itch intolerably. Apis patients are made worse by heat.

The pain and aching in varicose veins respond very well to Hamamelis and Placenta. The pain of ulcers in the mouth and elsewhere in cases where the patient is aware of discomfort only when food or some other object is passing over the area concerned reacts well to Nitric acid.

All these guides to the selection of a particular medicine with its own special relationship to a corresponding type of sensitivity should always be considered within the overall mentality or character of the patient; although, in the acute type of pain encountered in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life, these particular indications nearly always lead to the correct medicine.

Perhaps the most generally effective medicine useful in emergencies of all sorts is provided by Dr Edward Bach’s rescue remedy. It is a combination of five of the Bach remedies, all but one of which are prepared from spring water essence of certain wild flowers discovered by Dr Bach to have a special affinity to certain moods.

Pain related to more chronic conditions is much more likely to respond to the constitutional medicine of the patient than is the case of most of the acute states referred to earlier. Chronic cases involving pain must be handled by an experienced homeopathic physician who is competent to probe into the deeper realms of the patient’s nature and condition. The medicines which fit the whole personality may be one of the enormous materia medica available to us through the genius of Samuel Hahnemann and his disciples and successors in the remarkable art and science of homeopathy.

Rhus tox is useful for the type of aching pain often associated with muscular stiffness (or myalgia), which is worse for first movement, better for continued movement and much better for a hot bath. Ruta grav is not dissimilar in its action but is better suited to treatment of ligaments and tendons.

Joint pains and aches are sometimes referred to as arthralgia; nerve pains as neuralgia. The number of parts of the body which may experience pain is of course legion.

Headaches and toothaches are often encountered. Many subdivisions of these pains are described mainly according to their position or character. A migraine, the one-sided headache classically associated with nausea or sickness, blindness and/or various visual disturbances involving sparks, flashing lights or restricted fields of vision, is likely to respond to Sepia, Natrum mur, Phosphorus or other medicine depending on the other characteristics linked to the medicine picture most similar to the patient’s personality.

Characteristics
Generalised toothache will very often respond to Plantago, muscular spasm of every sort to Mag phos. Abdominal pain due to dyspeptic problems which doubles the patient up responds well to Mag phos or Colocynth and to Arsenicum album where the pain is of a burning character and relieved by heat.

Cardiac pain, characterised by a feeling of constriction and/or pressure like a tight band round the chest or a heavy weight pressing on it – often accompanied by pain transmitted down the left arm or upward to the neck – responds to Cactus grandiflorus and Latrodeatus mactans.

Dysmenorrhea (pain associated with the menstrual cycle) often responds well to a number of different medicines, particularly Sulphur, Lilium tigrinum, Lachesis, Silica and Sepia, each with its own characteristic features associated with the overall nature of the medicine as it compares with the symptoms of the patient. For instance, the first two of these remedies feel the heat, while the last two feel the cold.

Lilium tigrinum rushes about in furious haste believing herself unable to finish all her chores; Lachesis is very loquacious; Silica timid, gloomy and withdrawn; Sepia morose, temperamentally unpredictable, sometimes joyous, sometimes miserable, feeling the cold and hating fat.

Opium
Causalgia, or the pain experienced at the site corresponding to that of an amputated limb, is often helped by Chamomilla. This remedy is, in general, best suited to the type of pain – found anywhere in the body – which combines intolerable pain with annoyance, as for instance in the teething of infants.

A discussion of pain should not omit reference to Opium which is used homeopathically for the absence of pain and reaction to stimuli where these would not be expected – a most peculiar and extraordinary aberration of the usual responses. Opium is also useful for the physical pain we understand as fear – as in nightmares when the terror returns again and again, night after night, often for years.

From the foregoing it will be seen that we can take virtually any symptom or any medicine as a launching pad and use it to illustrate the basic principles of homeopathic therapy.

First published in Homeopathy Today, Winter 1985/86.

3 Homeopathic Remedies You Need in Your First Aid Kit

Elizabeth Marglin March 1, 2018 Homeopathy Email Print Twitter Pinterest Facebook

This post was most recently updated on March 5th, 2018

Have you ever shaken a vial of little white sugar pills, each one bigger than a poppy seed but smaller than a caper, onto your tongue in the hopes of a radical but gentle medical intervention? If you identify as a fan of homeopathy, you are not alone. According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an estimated 6 million Americans used homeopathy in 2011, one million of them children. If homeopathy is not on your radar, you might want to consider expanding your alternative medicine horizons.

Homeopathy is a surprisingly swift, noninvasive form of treatment that costs little—and comes with zero side effects, says Lauri Grossman, DC, CCH, RSHom, a NYC-based licensed chiropractor and homeopath. She also is on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Homeopathy, in Mount Laurel, NJ. “It’s such an affordable healthcare option. Most of the vials of medicine cost less than $10.”

But what’s really in those sugar pills—besides sugar? Homeopathy, developed in 1827 by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, is based on the principal that like cures like. The idea? A substance which can cause symptoms if taken in large doses can be used in minute doses to treat similar symptoms.

As strange as it may sound, this belief that the dose makes the poison is no stranger to medicine. It shows up in conventional medicine as well, such as the stimulant amphetamine-based drug Ritalin, often recommended as a way to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and desensitizing allergic patients with small doses of allergens, particularly pollen.

While many people consider homeopathic medications controversial because of their extreme dilution, interest in homeopathy has increased in recent years. One of the reasons: A growing body of research demonstrates that homeopathy offers a safe, effective way to relieve pain.

If you are interested in homeopathy, but daunted by all the Latin-sounding remedies, an unintimidating way to explore its benefits is by focusing on homeopathic remedies for pain relief. In fact, the most common way people use homeopathy in the United States is for self-limited conditions such as the common cold or back pain.

Vitacost talked with Grossman to get her take on her favorite homeopathic pain relievers. She noted that with homeopathy, while the cause of the ailment can be varied, the correct remedy always addresses a consistent core of symptoms.

Homeopathic First Aid Kit

This is the most popular homeopathic remedy, Grossman says. People have been using Arnica since the 1500s to soothe aching muscles and heal wounds. It comes in two forms: a topical cream or gel, and pills taken internally (Grossman believes the oral form acts deeper). Arnica shines as a remedy for any kind of bruising. It’s especially effective, says Grossman, for the kind of bruising that comes from over-exercising, as well as trauma, such as a sprain.

Research backs this up. A 2007 randomized study found that an arnica gel preparation worked just as well as daily ibuprofen for people who suffered from arthritic hands. And a 2002 study found that when patients with arthritic knees used arnica gel twice daily for three to six weeks, they experienced significant reductions in pain and stiffness and had improved function.

2. Bryonia alba

Grossman describes bryonia as the right treatment for pain that gets exacerbated by movement. If you feel a tearing sensation when you’re in motion, especially in joints or muscles, this a good choice. It works well on injuries, such as fractures, that are worsened by movement.

3. Hypericum

Also known as St. John’s Wort, Grossman suggests hypericum for any injury that involves nerve damage. “It’s perfect for any kind of shooting pain—such as stubbed fingers or toes, along with certain kinds of back pain,” she says.

All these worthwhile remedies are available at most health food and grocery stores and are regulated by the FDA. In a recent draft guidance document of December 2017, the FDA has determined they want to pull the current CPG 400.400 which has safely regulated homeopathic remedies for 30 years.

When we pick up Arnica 200 we want the FDA to ensure that it is indeed Arnica 200 through manufacturing standards. But we don’t want the FDA to regulate our ability to determine whether or not homeopathy is right for us, as they say in their draft guidance. The FDA says that they must “protect people from products that may deliver little to no benefit.” We are capable of selecting homeopathic medicines through education and articles like this one and we want to protect our right to do so.

According to the organization Americans for Homeopathy Choice, if the FDA pulls the CPG 400.400 they can damage the homeopathic industry by forcing new regulations on manufacturing. “Our choices are being endangered.” says Gaylene Kuintzle, a nutritionist and adviser to the board of AHC (Americans for Homeopathy Choice). She urges people who want to preserve their current access to homeopathy to stay involved—and informed—by signing a letter to the President at homeopathychoice.org by March 15.

Elizabeth Marglin

Elizabeth Marglin is a journalist/content creator whose favorite subjects are healthy living, sustainability, natural beauty, integrative therapies, mindfulness practices and parenting. She has been a regular contributor to the magazines Natural Solutions, Natural Health, FitPregnancy, Backpacker, and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles as well as the websites gaiam.com, deliciousliving.com, smartwatt.com, and the Huffington Post. She is also the coauthor of The Mother’s Wisdom Deck, a gorgeous inspiration deck designed for mothers. When she’s not perusing labels or creating new smoothie recipes in her Vitamix, Elizabeth can be found scheming up strategies to get her kids to eat their vegetables.

Elizabeth Marglin is a journalist/content creator whose favorite subjects are healthy living, sustainability, natural beauty, integrative therapies, mindfulness practices and parenting. She has been a regular contributor to the magazines Natural Solutions, Natural Health, FitPregnancy, Backpacker, and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles as well as the websites gaiam.com, deliciousliving.com, smartwatt.com, and the Huffington Post. She is also the coauthor of The Mother’s Wisdom Deck, a gorgeous inspiration deck designed for mothers. When she’s not perusing labels or creating new smoothie recipes in her Vitamix, Elizabeth can be found scheming up strategies to get her kids to eat their vegetables.

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Injuries (Homeopathy)

Primary Remedies

Bellis perennis

This remedy is useful for injuries to the trunk and deeper tissues—as from falls, car accidents, surgery, etc. —especially if a feeling of stiffness or coldness develops in the injured area. If Arnica has been given for an injury—especially a strain or bruise—but has not had much effect, Bellis perennis may be helpful.

Hypericum perforatum

This remedy relieves sharp pain that seems to follow the nerve’s path.

Other Remedies

Aconitum napellus

This remedy can be helpful when a person feels extremely fearful or agitated after being injured. It may help to soothe anxiety and panic and reduce the chance of shock.

Arnica montana

This remedy relieves pain, bruising and swelling associated with trauma, surgery or overexertion.

Calcarea phosphorica

This remedy is useful for bone bruises, old or slow-healing fractures, or any injury that leads to soreness in the bones, especially if the area feels cold or numb and improves with warmth. The muscles near the injury may ache or stiffen.

Calendula Ointment

This remedy can be applied to disinfected cuts, chapping, burns and scrapes.

Ipecacuanha

This remedy can be helpful as first aid if heavy bleeding occurs after an injury, with a feeling of nausea and weakness. (Emergency care is crucial when serious bleeding occurs; pressure should be applied to a severely bleeding wound, and medical help should be found immediately.)

Ledum palustre

This relieves bruises from blunt objects, especially where the skin is thin (around the eyes, fingers and toes), as well as pain and bruising from pointed objects.

Millefolium

Contusions or sprains that involve small broken blood-vessels and lead to bruiselike bleeding beneath the skin suggest the use of this remedy. It is often also useful for nosebleeds after injury, and for bleeding in other parts of the body (for instance, after childbirth or surgery).

Phosphorus

When small wounds bleed easily, or a person has a tendency to bruise from minor injuries, this remedy can be helpful. It is also useful for nosebleeds.

Ruta graveolens

This remedy relieves strained ligaments and tendons.

Symphytum

This remedy is best known for its healing effect on broken bones, and is also good for bone-bruises. It is valuable if blunt injury occurs to the eyeball (from a rock, a stick, a flying object, etc.) Any injury to the eye or eyeball should be examined by a doctor.

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3. Chondroitin

What is chondroitin?
Chondroitin sulfate is a naturally occurring chemical found in the gristle in meat. Supplemental chondroitin is generally prepared from natural sources such as shark or cow cartilage.

Chondroitin sulfate was discovered in the 1960s and belongs to a class of compounds called “mucopolysaccharides.” These compounds are found naturally in cartilage and other connective tissues. Mucopolysaccharides work by helping these tissues stay flexible. Research also suggests chondroitin can help the body repair damaged cartilage.

What does chondroitin do?

Mucopolysaccharides such as chondroitin surround the protein filaments that make up cartilage and other connective tissues. The mucopolysaccharides form a matrix that helps keep these tissues flexible. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage that lines and protects the joints is worn away, allowing the underlying bone to become damaged and causing pain and deformity as well as interfering with normal use. Chondroitin supplements act in several different ways to protect cartilage from wear and tear.

The supplement provides raw material for chondrocytes (the cells that make cartilage) to repair the damaged cartilage. It also increases the amount of the lubricant that is naturally found in joints; this fluid acts as a shock absorber for the joint and brings essential nutrients to chondrocytes to keep them healthy and well nourished. In addition, chondroitin inhibits some chemicals found in joint fluid that can damage cartilage.

Chondroitin protects cartilage from everyday wear and tear by helping the cells that make cartilage stay healthy and active. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that may protect joints from the detrimental effects of inflammation.

Benefits of chondroitin

Chondroitin decreases the pain of osteoarthritis and improves the function of joints damaged by this often painful degenerative condition. A major review of the research found chondroitin could improve symptoms by around 50 per cent. Some scientists have questioned the magnitude of these benefits but, although the exact degree of effectiveness has not yet been determined, chondroitin does seem to offer real hope for people with this condition.

Chondroitin is as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin but without the side effects. However, its benefits are slower to appear and treatment may take months. The benefits of chondroitin persist for some time after treatment has stopped.

A review of the scientific research concluded chondroitin was effective at reducing pain and increasing mobility in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. It was also shown to be extremely safe.

How to take chondroitin

Chondroitin is available in tablet, capsule, liquid and powder forms.

Take 800 to 1200 milligrams a day. This can be taken as 1 dose or divided into 2 doses.

You will need to take chondroitin for 4 to 5 months to find out if it will benefit you.

Chondroitin may be sold in combination with other supplements thought by some to treat arthritis, such as shark cartilage, glucosamine or minerals. However, it is not known whether these combinations offer additional benefits.

Chondroitin may make non­steroidal anti­inflammatories (such as ibuprofen or naproxen) more effective. A reduction in dosage may be necessary.

20 natural options for treating psoriatic arthritis

The following natural remedies may help with PsA:

1. Turmeric

Share on PinterestCurcumin, present in turmeric, may be a natural remedy for psoriatic arthritis.

Curcumin, which is an ingredient in turmeric, appears to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies have shown that curcumin may be able ease PsA symptoms by changing how some genes function. People can add the spice to food or take turmeric capsules.

Authors of a review published in 2018 concluded that curcumin could be a candidate for treating PsA naturally.

Find out more here how turmeric can help with psoriasis.

Turmeric is available for purchase online in various forms.

2. Capsaicin

Capsaicin is the compound that makes chili peppers hot.

Some research suggests that creams containing capsaicin may numb pain receptors, bringing relief to painful joints. A person should apply these creams to the affected joints.

Capsaicin creams are available for purchase online and over the counter.

3. Epsom salts

Taking a warm bath with Epsom salts may help reduce joint pain and inflammation. Epsom salts contain magnesium, which is a mineral that boosts bone health and may soothe itchy skin.

Warm water also helps loosen joints and relieve pain. The temperature should be around 92–100°F (33–37.8°C).

However, Epsom salts can stimulate the release of insulin and may therefore not be suitable for people with diabetes.

4. Fish oil

Omega-3 fatty acids are present in fish oil. Studies suggest that they ease painful swelling by reducing inflammation. Possible sources include omega-3 supplements, oily fish such as tuna, and other cold-water fish.

5. Ginger

Ginger is a root and a spice that appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. The Arthritis Foundation suggest that ginger may help people with rheumatoid arthritis, which is another inflammatory type of arthritis.

6. Exercise

Exercise can boost a person’s overall health and quality of life. It can also reduce stiffness, strengthen muscles, aid weight maintenance, and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Experts recommend low-impact activities such as swimming, yoga, or tai chi for people with PsA.

7. Avoid or quit smoking

Current guidelines strongly recommend either quitting or avoiding smoking, as this is a trigger for PsA and symptom flares. A doctor will be able to recommend a suitable smoking cessation program or tool.

8. Massage therapy

A massage therapist with knowledge of PsA can help relieve joint discomfort and release tight muscles and joints. Getting a massage can provide significant relief from arthritis-related discomfort.

9. Acupuncture

A qualified acupuncturist can insert needles at various pressure points to relieve chronic pain. Some evidence suggests, but does not confirm, that this can help treat PsA.

However, it can be expensive, and it may trigger skin symptoms in some people with psoriasis.

10. Acupressure

A therapist can apply pressure to different points of the body to reduce pain, stimulate the immune system, and release tension.

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