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Top Homeopathic Medicines for Shoulder Pain

What is shoulder pain?

The human shoulder is made up of a shoulder joint and different muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is one of the largest joints of the body that accommodates a wide range of movements. This complex joint is highly movable but is also one of the most unstable joints in the body. Any pain arising in the shoulder joint or the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons is called shoulder pain. Homeopathic medicines for shoulder pain provide relief by stimulating the body’s natural healing process.

What are the Reasons that Cause Shoulder Pain?

Various reasons cause shoulder pain. The most common is the frozen shoulder, also known as ‘adhesive capsulitis.’ In case of frozen shoulder, there is excessive stiffness in the shoulder that limits the range of movement of the shoulder joint. Other common reasons behind shoulder pain include rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff injury, osteoarthritis, gout, dislocated shoulder, tendinitis, and impingement.

Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune process that leads to inflammation in the joints, resulting in pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Bursitis refers to inflammation of the bursa surrounding the joint.

Osteoarthritis refers to the wear and tear of the joint as an aging process or as the result of an injury.

Gout occurs due to high levels of uric acid in the blood and deposition of monosodium urate crystals in the joints.

Rotator Cuff Injury
In rotator cuff injury, there is a tear in the muscles or tendons of the shoulder due to an injury or overuse.

Impingement arises from entrapment, compression, and inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons when they pass through subacromial space during shoulder movements. Apart from these, associated pain in the shoulder may arise due to gallbladder disease or chest disease.

What Symptoms Accompany Shoulder Pain?

Symptoms that may accompany shoulder pain include swelling and stiffness of the shoulder joint, tenderness to touch, weakness in arm or shoulder and restricted shoulder movements. Shoulder pain can be persistent or intermittent. Its intensity may vary from case to case.

Homeopathic Treatment of Shoulder Pain

Sanguinaria Can, Ferrum Met, Rhus Tox, Phytolacca Decandra, Colchicum Autumnale, Bryonia Alba and Ruta Graveolens are the most commonly indicated homeopathic medicines for shoulder pain.
These homeopathic medicines also help manage accompanying symptoms like stiffness, swelling, and tenderness. They further aim at decreasing any inflammation and help heal the muscles, tendons, and ligaments by encouraging natural healing within the body.

Homeopathic medicines for Shoulder Pain

Homeopathic medicines for shoulder pain are made from natural substances and do not cause any side effects. They help alleviate pain by restoring the body’s natural healing process. The most commonly used homeopathic medicines for shoulder pain include:

Sanguinaria Can – Homeopathic medicine for shoulder pain on right side.

Sanguinaria Can is the homeopathic medicine indicated for shoulder pain that occurs on the right side. People who need Sanguinaria Can experience difficulty in raising the arm due to excessive shoulder pain. This pain extends to the right upper arm. Stiffness in the neck may also occur along with shoulder pain. The pain tends to get worse during night time or when turning in bed.

Ferrum Met – Homeopathic medicine for shoulder pain on left side.

Ferrum Met is a homeopathic medicine indicated for treating shoulder pain on the left side. This medicine is recommended for people who experience worsening of pain due to motion and are unable to raise their arm.
Ferrum Met is used when the nature of shoulder pain is tearing, drawing or boring in nature. The pain from the shoulder may shoot down the arm. Application of warm compress over the shoulder helps relieve the pain. Other symptoms indicating the need for this medicine include cracking in shoulder joint and aggravation of the pain at night.

Rhus Tox – Homeopathic medicine for shoulder pain that gets better with motion.

Rhus Tox is a well indicated homeopathic medicine for shoulder pain in cases where motion provides relief from pain, and the pain gets worse with rest. Along with pain, stiffness, and swelling, cracking in the shoulder joint is also present. Relief through massage and warm applications on the shoulder also indicate the need for this medicine. Rhus Tox is also helpful in cases where overstraining, overstressing or injury is the cause of shoulder pain.

Phytolacca Decandra – Homeopathic medicine for shoulder pain that is shifting in nature.

Phytolacca Decandra is a homeopathic medicine used for treating shoulder pain that is shifting in nature. The guiding feature that indicates the use of this medicine is pain that keeps on wandering from one shoulder-joint to the other. The pain may be shooting or electric shock-like in nature. Worsening of pain in damp weather conditions also indicate the need for this medicine.

Colchicum Autumnale – Homeopathic medicine for shoulder pain from gout.

Colchicum Autumnale is a homeopathic medicine used for shoulder pain that arises from gout. The shoulder joint feels stiff and hot, coupled with pain which may be stitching in nature. This medicine works well for people who complain of shoulder pain that worsens on touch; where slight touching of the shoulder results in unbearable pain.

Bryonia Alba – Homeopathic medicine for shoulder pain that gets worse with motion.

Bryonia Alba is a homeopathic medicine used for shoulder pain that gets worse with the slightest motion. The pain may also get worse with deep breathing. The shoulder can also appear shiny-red and swollen. The pain from the shoulder extends down the arm.
This medicine works in cases where resting helps ease the pain.

Ruta Graveolens – Homeopathic medicine for shoulder pain due to inflamed tendons.

Ruta Graveolens is a homeopathic medicine indicated for shoulder pain due to inflamed tendons. Shoulder pain that occurs due to overstretching or injury of the shoulder tendons is also treatable with this medicine. It is used in cases where the shoulder is sore, bruised, and hanging the arms down worsens the pain. Ruta Graveolens helps reduce shoulder pain as well as the inflammation of tendons.


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  1. Left shoulder pain, due to working out and weights. Pushing down on weights and heard and felt a snap in left shoulder. From that moment, 2 months ago, the pain was bearable, but hold arm at should length and pushing it back, hurts now. Range of motion has diminished. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. thank you

  2. Arun Jalota says:

    I have extreme sharp pain on my left shoulder blade radiating to the top of the arm. There is slight neck pain as well. The pain gets better when I hold my arm up.

  3. ghulam abbass says:

    dear sir , i m medical doc age 59 , almost 3 months back i started pain in right shoulder , same as u said even to shake hand i take help of left hand taken allopathic mediciens . a little relief later taken bryoheam of german schawabe ,, pain in right almost gone and now shifted to left even more severe , some cracking sound also there on left now pain on left shoulder is more than right though there is pain in right but pain on left shoulder forgot left in fact both now ,, i was reading ur above medicine for left , right and shifting ,, now in fact i have in both more on left ,earerlier before bryoheam only on right , what medicine u sugges plz mail me thank usually difficult to find same page again thanks if u reply thanks

  4. sp chaurasia says:

    right shoulder pain

  5. Nurhayati says:

    Good day dr sharma. My daughter has an intermitent shoulder pain . Right shoulder to be exact. She said her shoulder felt weak and aching when doing movement. Hope to hear from you. Thank you in advance

  6. Ram Saroj says:

    Sleeping is the worst activity for me because it leads to complete dryness of my mouth,a vacuum sensation in the whole mouth with the tongue firmly stuck to the’taalu’.
    About me: age 49 , male , like cold open air .
    Chronic cough : allergic < dust,fume,cold weather/air
    hot humid air, perspiration

  7. Daniel Lenzi says:

    What do you recommend for COPD/shortness of breath

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