For Your Pains: Arthritis and the Homeopathic Approach
You may be feeling the pressure when it comes to your arthritis. However, you do not have to just sit idly by while your joints are racked with pain and/or deal with the limits of their mobility just because you have arthritis. You also do not have to solely rely on being prescribed medication in order to treat your symptoms. There is a much more holistic approach that you can take in an effort to help your body fight back.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an informal term which is used to describe over one hundred different types of joint disease, pain, and/or related conditions. Common symptoms that you may find when dealing with arthritis include:
- a decreased range of motion or flexibility.
Your symptoms may be constant or come and go, as well as range from moderate to severe.
Depending on the severity of your arthritis, you may experience chronic pain and significant limitation to your ability to perform simple tasks such as walking up inclines, pinch-grasping objects, and even simply sitting up straight.
Arthritis specifically affects your joints by causing inflammation in or around the tissues that make them up. These tissues can include the cartilage, which protects your bones from impacting one another at the joint, to become irritated and inflamed. Over time this can cause the degradation of the cartilage which assists with the smooth movements of your joints. Arthritis can affect other vital body parts such as eyes, kidneys, lungs, skin, and even your heart.
Some types of arthritis can also directly affect your synovium which is the soft tissue that lines the inner surface of your joints, except where it is already lined with cartilage. This tissue is also referred to as synovial membrane and is responsible for the production of synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is a non-Newtonian, viscous fluid that is responsible for reducing the friction between your articular cartilage in your joints during movement. When this synovial membrane is affected by arthritis, it can result in the destruction of bone and cartilage from within the joint.
According to the Arthritis Foundation’s Book of Trusted Facts & Figures, in excess of fifty million and nearly three-hundred thousand children experience arthritis. In the United States, arthritis is a premier cause of disability among the population.
What is Homeopathy?
The main principle of homeopathy is the law of similars. This natural law declares that ‘like cures like’. This references the idea that symptoms of illness or injury are your body’s attempt to restore balance. By using a remedy that supports the symptoms, rather than suppressing them, homeopathic practitioners believe that you can assist your body’s natural process of healing.
Homeopathy relies on dilute amounts of natural substances in order to treat symptoms. The problem here is that not every individual is able to recognize the potential dangers of taking some of these substances.
Always take the time to consult your doctor to get the appropriate diagnosis, discuss the health risks, and develop a plan for implementing homeopathic treatments. This will help to ensure that you are not purchasing or using homeopathic remedies which do not have any clinical benefit, or may be harmful to your health rather than helping.
Once you have all the information at hand you can begin to take a holistic approach to treating your symptoms. Armed with your knowledge you may be able to use specific palliatives to restore your body’s balance and help decrease, or possibly rid yourself of symptoms before jumping directly to use of medication. For example, some research has shown that use of bee venom through acupuncture has had positive benefits for individuals dealing with arthritis.
You may also find that pairing homeopathic remedies with orthotic aids can provide you with a healthier approach to easing arthritis pain. Orthotic aids such as braces, compression sleeves, or gloves for arthritis can help to reduce pain and improve mobility by supporting and stabilizing your joints.
Your approach in treating arthritis can significantly impact your body’s ability to eliminate the imbalances that are at the root of your problems.
Taking the time to speak with your doctor or homeopath. Developing the appropriate treatment plan is vital to ensuring that you are properly equipped in dealing with your arthritis. It should also ensure that you are not taking supplements or remedies in doses dangerous to your health.