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Top 7 Homeopathic Medicines for Shoulder Pain

The human shoulder is made up of a shoulder joint and different muscles, tendons and ligaments. The bones that constitute a shoulder joint are humerus, clavicle and scapula.  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. It can be attended with stiffness, swelling and restricted movement of shoulder depending on the cause behind it. homeopathic medicines for shoulder pain

Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathic medicines for shoulder pain provide relief by stimulating the body’s natural healing process. For long-term relief in shoulder pain, the cause needs to be treated and homeopathic medicines relieve shoulder pain by following the same rule. Once the cause is addressed, the pain reduces and also any swelling or stiffness (if present) gets better. Other than the pain, homeopathic medicines 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. These natural medicines for shoulder pain are made from natural substances and do not cause any side effects.

Homeopathic Medicines For Shoulder Pain

The most commonly indicated medicines for shoulder pain – Rhus Tox, Sanguinaria Canadensis, Ferrum Met, Bryonia Alba, Ruta Graveolens and Arnica. 

1. Rhus Tox – Top Grade Medicine

When it comes to treat shoulder pain, Rhus Tox is a leading medicine. In cases needing it, the pain may vary that can be tearing, shooting, stitching or burning type. Along with pain, stiffness, swelling and cracking in the shoulder joint is also present. The most characteristic feature to use it is shoulder pain which gets worse at rest and  better by movement. Rhus Tox is also one of the best medicine to manage shoulder pain arising from injury / overstraining / overstressing of muscles or tendons, inflamed tendons and joint inflammation.

When and How to use Rhus Tox?

It is used as a first line of treatment in cases of shoulder pain irrespective of the cause. In particular, it is well indicated for shoulder pain from injury or over-straining of muscles or tendons, tendinitis and inflamed joints. Both low and high potencies of this medicine work well, however, it is advised to begin with 30C potency. Rhus Tox 30C can be taken twice or thrice a day as per intensity of complaint.

2. Sanguinaria Canadensis – For Shoulder Pain On Right Side

Sanguinaria Canadensis is the most frequently prescribed medicine for shoulder pain on the right side. In cases needing it, there occurs difficulty in raising the arm due to excessive shoulder pain. This pain extends to the right upper arm. The pain usually worsens during night and while turning in bed.

When and How to use Sanguinaria Canadensis?

Its use is suggested for right-sided shoulder pain where it has given shown great clinical improvement. Its use is recommended in both low and high potency. It can be taken once or twice a day in 30 C potency but for high potency, kindly consult a homeopathic doctor.

3. Ferrum Met – For Left-Sided Shoulder Pain

Ferrum Met is most suitable for treating shoulder pain on the left side. The nature of shoulder pain is tearing, drawing or boring in nature. This pain may extend to upper arm or even below. Persons who need it have worsening of pain on movement and they are unable to raise their arm. Cracking sound may occur in shoulder joint on movement. There may occur relief in pain from warm compress over the shoulder.

When and How to use Ferrum Met?

This medicine should be specifically selected for left-sided shoulder pain to have an effective cure. The most commonly used potency of Ferrum Met is 30C that can be taken twice a day.

4. Bryonia Alba – For Shoulder Pain Worse From Movement

It is a natural medicine to treat shoulder pain that gets worse with the slightest movement. Resting helps ease the pain. The shoulder can also appear shiny-red and swollen. There may occur a tightness sensation in shoulder. The pain from the shoulder extends down the arm. Bryonia is an important medicine when shoulder pain occurs from inflamed joint.

When and How to use Bryonia Alba?

A person who experiences an increase in shoulder pain by movement and relief by resting can find this medicine highly effective. It can be taken in 30C potency two to three times a day for good results.

5. Ruta Graveolens – For Shoulder Pain Due To Injured Or Inflamed Tendons

Ruta Graveolens is a natural medicine obtained from the plant ‘garden rue’. It is an infallible medicine to manage shoulder pain due to injured or inflamed tendons. Shoulder pain that occurs due to overstretching 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.

When and How to use Ruta Graveolens?

If an injured or inflamed tendon is giving rise to shoulder pain, Ruta should be given right away. It is the best medicine for treating cases of tendon injury or inflammation. Though Ruta may be used in different potencies, it is best to take 30C potency in the beginning. Ruta 30C can be taken two to three times a day. Higher potencies like 200C and 1M can also be taken afterwards but only after consulting a homeopathic physician.

6. Arnica – For Shoulder Pain Post Injury

Arnica is a great herbal medicine to manage cases of shoulder pain that occurs after a shoulder injury. It works well when injury occurs from a blow; fall; or overuse of shoulder muscles, tendons; straining of muscles. This medicine helps in healing injured area. Alongside it relieves pain and soreness of the shoulder.

When and How to use Arnica?

Arnica should be used as a first remedy to manage shoulder pain arising from an injury, strain or overuse of muscles, tendonsArnica acts most wonderfully in 30C potency. Arnica 30C can be taken three to four times a day. When relief appears,  one may reduce its dose.

Causes Of Shoulder Pain

1. Frozen Shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis): It refers to pain and stiffness in shoulder joint from thickening and tightening of capsule that encloses shoulder joint. Keeping shoulder still for a prolonged time period (like in case of fracture in arm, when recovering from a surgery) is a major risk factor for frozen shoulder.

2. Rotator cuff injury: Rotator cuff refers to collection of muscles and tendons which offer stability to shoulder and also help in its movement. Its injury includes inflammation of its tendons (rotator cuff tendinitis), strains (these occur from overuse and wear and tear of muscles) and tear of tendons (either partial or complete)

3. Tendinitis and Tendon tear: Tendinitis means inflamed tendons (tissue bands that connect muscle to a bone). An injury or degeneration in tendons of shoulders (rotator cuff tendons are commonly injured tendons) can lead to tendon tear. The tear may be partial or complete.

4. Impingement syndrome: Pinching of tendons of rotator cuff in shoulder bones

5. Sprain in shoulder: Twisting of ligaments (tissue bands that connect one bone to another bone) of shoulders

6. Shoulder Bursitis (subacromial bursitis): Bursa refers to fluid-filled sac in joint that reduce friction in joint structures to allow smooth movement of joint. Shoulder bursitis results when this bursa gets inflamed. It may happen from an injury or joint inflammation.

7. Shoulder Arthritis: It refers to inflamed shoulder joint. It may occur from osteoarthritis (degenerative changes in joints usually from age-related wear and tear or sometimes from an injury). It may also result from rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disorder characterized by swollen, inflamed, painful, stiff joints) and septic arthritis (serious joint infection caused by bacteria or virus).

8. Overuse or repetitive use of shoulder leading to an injury

9. Bone spurs: Extra bony growths projecting along edge of bone

10. Bone Fracture in shoulder or dislocated shoulder

11. Nerve pinching in neck or shoulder

12. Referred pain: In some cases, shoulder pain occurs from a problem in a body part other than the shoulder itself, for example problem in liver, or gallbladder. It is known as referred pain.




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  1. left shoulder pain with great thirst

  2. Samir Hazra says:

    Pain in left hand from shoulder joint to elbow right side. Pain is all time. Night it is aggravates. Disturbed sleep. Can not use towel of back after bath. Oil in hair with left hand. can not lift hand fully straight over head. pain increases if using left hand (right side )

  3. P Srinivasa prasad says:

    Right side shoulder pain. It was. Electric shock pain in bed sleeping time. And move in right side the pain was shock. I use the homeo medicine SANGUNERIA-200.’s good working 2 or 3days.After that the right shoulder same.and also use in Ferrum Met and Ferrum Phos. Temperarly relief and situation same.The desease will happen Last 2months.Rhustox 200 alo use.

  4. mohammed s rahman says:

    i have verry bad pain my left sholder lest one year i want soo maney doctor even 2 time enjecton ,manely night time .in every night 2/3 houre sleep than wickupbecouse of pain please adviceme what to do rely im tared of madican .thank you.mohammed rahman my tetephone # 407 739 3414

  5. Primla Lurhra says:

    I have problem with my left shoulder for nearly 7 months.I had 2 steroid injections which relieves the pain for only a short while. I m also doing exercises given by my physiotherapist but I m still in pain.Could u please b kind enough to let me know which homeopathic medicine you recommend for me and where to get it.According to my X-RAY Ihave got arthritis in my shoulder. Thanks.Hoping to hear from u


    This is very informative and I liked it.

    With best regards.


  7. Hello Dr.Sharma, I’m pushpa , having left shoulder pain ,so I can’t move my hand easily pl some good medicine

  8. Firoz mahmud says:

    My right side shoulder and hand muscle drying.c5-c6 cord problem

  9. Janina Moutou says:

    I broke my left shoulder about a year ago. It has healed well, but I was unable to sleep on my preferred left side for several months. I now suffer constant pain in the right shoulder and difficulty with some movements and as a result have problems sleeping. Is Arnica Montana 30ch indicated? I live in Mauritius where the availability of homeopathic remedies is somewhat limited. Any advice would be welvome
    Thank you.

  10. Kamni Kharbanda says:

    Hello,I have developed shoulder pain in the right shoulder,since the past 15 days
    Orthopedic suggested xray and ultrasound and Tens
    7 days gave me some relief
    Pain is not there all the time but early in the morning at 4am in lying position
    Am doing physio excercises but pain is there at certain angles
    Pl suggest some gud medicine

  11. S A Agarwal says:

    Article is very much useful SAAgarwal

  12. H dr ghows ali khan says:

    I am homeo dr and my wife has pain in shoulder moving to one or which potency i have to use Sanguanaria , colchicum are other you advise.thanks.

  13. sankatmochan says:

    Namaskar! Due to an accident in January 2021 left elbow pressured on the road but without any wound in the hand. Then pain is starting from left hand fingers to shoulder, more pain in shoulder muscle between elbow to shoulder. Hands movement is not free, more pain towards back. Sometimes whole hand is paining/aching internally. More pain when sleeping in left side. Pain is feeling if mobile, newspaper holding in left hand ; sleeping in face up position and seating in the chair etc. Orthopaedic doctor opine that there is ligament problem. Taken alopathic medicine, but pain is persisting. Please advice homoeopathic medicine for relief. Male, age 55 years.

  14. Christel Osmann says:

    Since having the first dose of the COVID vaccine I have developed pain and restricted movement in my shoulders .I have been taking sulphur and then advised to try Ledum and have had some relief but still having a lot of pain.
    Kind regards,

    • Nojibbyjabby4me says:

      Have you registered your adverse reaction on the VAERS website (USA) or yellow card scheme (uk)?


    I have right shoulder joint pain. During night time it gets aggravated. I have to change sleeping position in night. Sometimes pain is felt in upper arm.

  16. hafiz mustansar says:

    a.o.a sir left shoulder pain ha ,jo bazo ko jata ha.serf bazo ko pechy ki taraf modny sy he hota ya bazo sy kuch othany sy he hota ho to konci medicine ka use karyn.or kis potency ma lyn.

  17. Chandan debnath says:

    Sir. I suffer some problem I.e the left side deltoid gland to left hand fingers pain suddenly since few days. So please give me suggestion for taking homoeopathy

  18. Sharda gupta says:

    My right shoulder is paining due to fall. I have difficulty in raising arm upside . Movement is there but pain is there

  19. Arshi khan says:

    Hlo sar mere cousin ko shoulder blade me pain h pls help

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