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Osteoarthritis & Homeopathy
HOMEO-MANAGEMENT WITH A LIVE CASE AND PREVENTION
What is Osteoarthritis?
One of the commonest diseases that the human suffer from; in India, about 80 million persons suffer.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common type of ‘arthritis’ where ‘cartilages’ of bones of a joint are first affected and then the ‘ligaments’ around the joint. Here one must know four special terms to deal with the subject.
Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation of a bony joint.
Cartilages are the soft paddings at the end of bones which act as cushions during movements of the joint.
Ligaments are the external tough band-like multiple structures that keep joints bound from all sides.
Tendons are rope-like ends of muscles that remain attached to the bone.
What are causes of Osteoarthritis ?
When cartilage-linings of bones in a joint are eroded and thinned out due to prolonged use or some other reasons, the tendon and ligaments around the joint have to work harder, as a result pain, stiffness and swelling around the joint, i.e., osteoarthritis is seen.
Following are the risk factors of the disease
1)Old joint injury may often be the seat of attack;
2)The joints overused due to some profession may be the same;
3)Sometimes worn-out joints due to ageing may be affected;
4)Hereditary factors also play a role there;
5)Bony deformities of congenital nature;
6)Stressful life with inadequate sleep, smoking and drinking habits may increase the risk too;
What are the signs and symptoms of Osteoarthritis?
1)Joint pain & stiffness
2)Swelling & tenderness
4)In morning after night rest, stiffness increases which gradually settles down to a low level within half an hour with movement
5)Impairment of movement
6)Creation of osteophytes
7)Burning sensation of muscles and tendons around the affected joint
8)Cramps in the muscles and tendon
9)Sometimes, water may accumulate in the joint space
How cases of Osteoarthritis are managed with homeopathy?
Therapeutically there are a lot of medicines that may be used for patients with Osteoarthritis, like Casuticum, Acid fluoric, Mercurius sol., Sulphur, Ledum pal., Ruta grav., Acid nit. etc. depending on signs and symptoms of the case. However, it may be mentioned, therapeutic aims at managing acute stage of the disease only; since this website is dedicated to manage chronic patients by eradication of constitutional dyscrasia by classical homeopathy, we will take up a case or two of chronic in nature.
Case study 1:
Mrs. Paromita Sen , a 37yr. old lady advocate practicing in a local court presented herself with the following signs and symptoms:
She appeared much older than her actual age; pale and cachectic; Ht: 5’3”; Wt:45 kgs;
1)Right knee-joint swollen & painful for last 6 months; problem mostly felt at night;
2)Inability to move the joint freely; problem gradually increasing;
3)She had and still have the capacity of doing job relentlessly without being tired; she said, this quality she got from her father who was a great ‘Karmoyogi’;
4)These days, she used to suffer from forgetfulness especially about dates and names;
5)She was very much sensitive to heat; cannot tolerate heat; she preferred cool weather and cold food and drinks; but intense cold weather too was not preferable;
6)She used to suffer from acrid leucorrhea; parts became rough and eroded; she has been suffering from this since her puberty; however, there was no problem in menstruation whatsoever;
7)Report :X-ray of joint: Osteoarthritic changes are visible with soft tissue swelling around;
1)About 10 yrs.ago she suffered from a peculiar type of headache which was very much intense but relieved immediately on urination; this was cured by a local homeopath;
1)From her mother she came to know that her maternal grandpa suffered from and ultimately succumbed to syphilis.
2)Her elder brother has no issue, probably he suffered from impotency;
3)Maternal uncle died of liver cirrhosis;
1)Loss of memory, esp. of names, dates;
2)Thinks his disease incurable;
1)Always too cold, liked to bathe in cold water;
4)Perspire too much, however, no relief;
5)Problems aggravated at night;
6)Appetite : Less; but that did not matter; she could work for hours without any food;
7)Thirst: for cold water ++; but she did not get any taste;
Acid Fluoric 0/2, 12 doses in 120 ml. aq. Dest; to be taken following standard procedure;
1)Diet: At 7 am : Green Tea + Thin arrowroot biscuits(2-3 pcs)
At 9-30 am: Warm rice 50 gm. (gradually to increase to 100gms.)/3 pcs. Chapattis + veg. curry + salad fruits(must)
At 2 pm : 1 cup green tea + Fruits;
At 5 pm : Same as at 7 am;
At 8-30pm : 2 pcs. Chapattis + fresh veg. soup + fruit salad;
2)To take 2 L. water daily as a routine, even if there is no taste;
3)Test :Uric Acid in blood;
4)Continue use of knee caps. on both knees.
5)Review : after 3 weeks;
Mrs. Sen showed remarkable improvement; her uric acid level was above higher level (8 mg./dL); but she looks much active and jubilant; The same medicine was administered up to 0/6 with intermittent period of wait and watch; she put up about 3 kgs. in 4 months. Her swelling had gone after 2nd prescription; movement of right knee joint improved a lot but at wane of last dose, there was a tendency to increase in the trouble ; So, a dose of Sulphur 10M was given. Thereafter Mrs. Sen did not appear any more.
Osteoarthritis is basically a disease of wear and tear of joints; and possibly of error of metabolism also. Persons having a hereditary tendency of the disease should be careful against possible over exertion. They should keep in mind, walking, jogging and running are good exercises but they must not be overdone. As to diet, they should avoid taking foods increasing the uric acid level, like meat, poultry, pulses, cauliflower, pea, mushroom and other foods rich in purine. Though uric acid is directly connected with gout, yet, in practice, it is seen to be associated with arthritis too. Further, one can read and study “Control Uric Acid” under menu “General Advices” of this website.