Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. In rheumatoid arthritis there is inflammation of the joints of the body. It is a chronic disease, in the sense the disease is here to stay. It commonly starts with pain and inflammation in the small joints of the body like finger joints. Both sides of the body are affected together.
During blood tests, the rheumatoid factor is positive in 80% of the people. During the active phase of the disease, there is joint stiffness mostly in the morning. The joint becomes swollen and painful. There is fatigue and sometimes fever. Movement becomes difficult. It can eventually lead to deformed joints.There are times when the disease flares up and there are times when the disease is in remission when the body does not suffer from joint pains.
Homeopathic Treatment: How is it Done
Homeopathy treats not only the disease but the man as a whole. In the sense medicines are prescribed based on the patients mental features, thirst and other general physical features, disease symptoms and signs. There is no universal remedy for rheumatoid arthritis. But there are remedies that fits an arthritic patients.
So a homoeopathic doctor does a detailed case taking and prescribes the medicine that suits the person most. There is scope for rheumatoid arthritis with homeopathy The earlier the disease is treated, the better. There is complete cure in earlier stages. The disease progression will be slowed down and complications can be prevented too. But in later stages when the joints have been deformed, only pain relief can be obtained.
The Case Taking
During the homoeopathic case taking for rheumatoid arthritis, the doctor goes into detail about the mode of onset, the joints affected, when will the pains be more, when less, which side of the body suffers more.
Details about any diseases in the past is also enquired into. The patient’s appetite, thirst, sleep habits, perspiration etc. are also important. Equally important are details about the character of the patient. The remedies are prescribed taking the total of all the symptoms.
Most of the homoeopathic remedies are taken from the plant kingdom, animal kingdom or the animal kingdom. They are diluted and potentised using special methods so that they rouse the reactive powers within the body.
During the acute phase of the disease the medicines commonly used include rhus tox, belladonna, bryonia, actea spicata, colchicum, aconite, arsenic album etc. In rhus tox the patient has severe rheumatic pains in all the joints, but still moves about in order to get some relief from the pain.
A bryonia patient does not want to be disturbed at all during the pain, he/she lies perfectly still. There may be swelling of joints as well. In belladonna the rheumatic pains begin so suddenly along with redness and swelling of the affected joints. In actea spicata the smaller joints are commonly affected. In aconite the pains usually begin after exposure to dry cold winds. There may be pain and formication as well. Dulcamara may be indicated when the rheumatic pains come during the rainy season.
In Established Cases
In rheumatic arthritis there may be remissions. During this time the constitutional remedy of the patient is to be given. This varies with individual to individual and is prescribed based on the totality of the symptoms of the patient. This can be determined only after a detailed case taking. Causticum, Kali carb, Lycopodium, Aurum Met etc. are some of the constitutional drugs.