Homeopathy eases rheumatic distress effectively

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder. It causes joint inflammation, swelling, stiffness and pain. It affects about 1-2 per cent of the global population. Women are thrice more likely to be affected than men. RA can occur at any age, although in most cases it tends to appear between ages 25 and 55. A potentially crippling disease, it runs an irregular course, marked by erratic outbreaks and sudden respite.

Common symptoms include symmetric joint pains, usually affecting multiple joints at a time. The pains are usually better by rest and worse on movement. When RA is not treated appropriately, it can lead to peripheral neuropathy, resulting in tingling, numbness or burning. Other problems include anaemia, disorders of the nails and under the nails, inflammation of the blood vessels in the eye, rash, ulcers and blisters, which may bleed, along with lumps under the skin. Stomach disorders, osteoporosis, chronic lung and heart disease and cancer may also be possible complications. Deformities and loss of mobility may manifest in advanced cases.

34-year-old Asmita came to us with “running-down” pains in her joints and fingers; this was worse while kneading flour. The stiffness was prominent in the morning hours. She would feel better as the day progressed. She was diagnosed with RA, following laboratory tests. Taking into consideration the descending nature of her pains, we gave her the homeopathic remedy, Kalmia Latifolia. This eased her rheumatic agony — gradually, but surely. Homeopathy looks at the unique characteristics or direction of joint pains, among other symptoms — not simply the rheumatic diagnostic tag. For example, from above downwards, or vice versa. Homeopathic medicines have, in numerous instances, been evidenced to alter RA test results from positive to negative, safely and effectively.

In a study, one group of patients with rheumatoid arthritis were treated with homoeopathy; another group were treated with high doses of salicylate, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. The two groups were compared with yet another group of patients who received placebo, or dummy pill. The study concluded that patients who received homoeopathy did better than those who received salicylate. Besides, patients who received homoeopathic treatment did not experience any toxic, or side-effects.