As far as alternative therapies go, homeopathy is one of the most popular forms of alternative remedies in the world. Homeopathy is used around the world. In areas around Europe and Asia, homeopathy is almost universally accepted. Many research studies have proven its efficacy in helping to heal some conditions. However, can it help you fight the symptoms of arthritis? Should you consider homeopathy to cure the symptoms of your arthritis? And what exactly is homeopathy? Homeopathy is based on the idea that “like cures like.” This means that taking a small, diluted amount of what is causing your illness may actually help to heal your illness. Another idea of homeopathy is considered to be rather curious by conventional medical doctors. Most homeopathic treatments consist of using very diluted forms of the disease-causing substance. This goes against the ingrained notion that in order for a medication or therapy to be effective, it must be very potent. Besides these general ideas, no one can explain precisely how homeopathy works, if it is indeed thought to be effective. If and how it works is indeed a mystery.
Now that you have some idea of what homeopathy works, consider whether you think it can help your case. Homeopathy has long been used to help treat the symptoms of arthritis, with mixed results. Anecdotal evidence abounds about its efficacy. Many people swear that certain homeopathic remedies can help treat their arthritis symptoms. Some people, on the other hand, report no significant improvement. What are some of the most popular homeopathic treatments for arthritis? Rhus toxicondendron is widely used for treating arthritis symptoms. Rhus toxicondendron is derived from poison ivy. Another homeopathic treatment is derived from Bryonia, better known as wild hops. Ledum is yet another popular homeopathic ingredient. It is derived from marsh tea. Although it may sound somewhat strange, api, which is derived from bee venom, is also used to treat arthritis via homeopathy. Another popular homeopathic remedy is used to treat gout, a painful form of arthritis that is caused by the overproduction of uric acid in the body. The Colchicum autumnal herb is actually used to make a prescription medication that is commonly used to treat gout. Colchicum autumnal is also used in a homeopathic counterpart remedy.
Of all the different types of arthritis, it appears that homeopathy is most helpful in helping treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Although medical researchers disagree about the efficacy of homeopathic treatments in treating these two common forms of arthritis, some doctors do allow for the possibility that homeopathy can be treated successfully with other forms of more conventional therapy. One important precaution that should be taken by all arthritis patients is in regards to prescription medications. Sometimes, homeopathic treatments may be contraindicative with more conventional prescription medications. Some homeopaths suggest that prescription medications or caffeine substances may interfere significantly with the efficacy of the homeopathic treatment. Also, most homeopaths agree that systematic forms of arthritis should be diagnosed and treated through more conventional means.