Can Homeopathy Help with Arthritis?
The short answer is unequivocally, “Yes!” The longer answer is “How?”
Perhaps the best way to illustrate this is to share a case from my own practice. I first
met Jane (not her real name), a 46-year old female who presented with the following
chief complaints: arthritis, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), focus/mental clarity issues,
depression, and tender spots/pains in her abdomen.
Jane felt quite healthy and fine until she had a 40-year old yearly check up with her
general practitioner. Seemingly spontaneously she subsequently fell into a deep
depression. She had labs taken on what could be happening. Was it a unique parasite
contracted from her doctor’s visit? Was it Lyme’s disease? Was there something latent
in her psyche that suffered after turning 40? The scramble to find the cause ensued.
But, nothing showed up on her lab results. She was given a pharmaceutical medicine
to help with depression and immediately had a terrible reaction to it. Jane said it felt
like a stroke; all her limbs felt like they were on fire, as if her brain and body were
burning and inflamed on the inside. She couldn’t sleep as she felt electrical-like
sensations or “jolts” throughout her body every three minutes. This lasted six months!
Jane also had severe brain fag, mental fatigue, generalized weakness of the body, and
chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). After taking a few doses of conventional
medicine for the UTI’s, she began developing arthritis in her hands. She felt sensitive to
temperature or any kind of weather change, which both made her arthritis inflamed
Intuitively she knew there had to be another way to live better than feeling more and
more poisoned from the medications she was prescribed. She said it felt like a
downward spiral into an abyss where she didn’t know would end. As mentioned, she
was severely depressed with all of these symptoms and decided she was done taking
Jane found out she had high levels of mercury in her system, primarily from the fillings
in her teeth that had been leeching this toxic metal in her system throughout her life.
She subsequently detoxified from the mercury and her health improved, but she still
had the symptoms noted above when she first arrived in my practice.
After doing a careful analysis of her entire case, factoring in the totality of her
symptoms: mentally, emotionally, and physically, she took her first homeopathic
Fast forward about four weeks, I had my first follow-up with Jane. She noted about a
50% improvement in the arthritis felt in her hands, a 20% improvement with the
tinnitus, a 100% improvement in the mental clarity/focus issues, and a 60%
improvement in the abdominal pain sensations. As a result of feeling well generally, as
well as the improvements in her symptoms, she was no longer feeling depression – all
within her first month of homeopathy! I will continue to follow-up with Jane until there is
a complete resolution of all complaints. But, this is a great start!
Because homeopathy is a truly holistic modality, not only was Jane’s arthritis helped,
but the entirety of her body and other symptoms, improved as well. And this is one of
the crowning jewels of homeopathy: the individualization of treatment to each person.
We homeopaths view health as a condition of the whole individual, and not just from a
study of isolated symptoms from specific parts of the body. Homeopaths do not
diagnose disease or treat diseases. Rather, homeopathic remedies are selected that
best correspond to the person’s total state of illness. Evaluation of the individual’s level
of health and choice of the correct remedy depends in large part on a thorough
understanding of all symptoms. In addition, important indicators of general health;
such as the level of vitality the person experiences and his or her emotional well-being,
demand close attention.
If you’re reading this you may be wondering what homeopathic remedy was used in
Jane’s case. Such inquiry is understandable, given the great results she received. Yet,
it’s also not necessary, as your homeopathic remedy will be individualized to your
unique symptom expression, which could be very different to Jane’s even though the
diagnosis or condition (arthritis) is the same.
This is just one example of how homeopathy can help people suffering from arthritis.
There are countless other cases from clinical practice throughout the world, or even
research studies conducted demonstrating homeopathy’s efficacy. My hope is that
you, the reader, has hope that there is a solution available – it’s called homeopathy!
About the Author:
Noel Peterson, CCH, RSHom (NA), MBA is a board-certified classical homeopath practicing in Austin, Texas (USA). Noel is a published author, speaker, and guest on local radio shows and podcasts in the Austin area on homeopathy topics. He also serves as Vice President on the Council for Homeopathic Certification. You can learn more about him and his practice by visiting www.austinclinicofhomeopathy.com