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Top 5 Homeopathic Remedies for Joint Pains

homeopathic remedies for joint pains

Pain in the joints is a very common complaint, ranging from mild to severe, which can incapacitate a person from doing daily chores.

If you have any kind of pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased movement at the joints, don’t ignore it. Homeopathic remedies for joint pains work on a symptom-based system of medicine and the prescription does not get affected by the allopathic diagnosis.

Top 5 Homeopathic Medicines for Joint Pains

The top medicines for treating joint pains are Rhus Tox, Bryonia Alba, Arnica Montana, Actaea Spicata and Colchicum Autumnale.

1. Rhus Tox –  For Severe Pain When Patient Is At Rest, Gets Better On Movement

Rhus Tox is a physician’s first choice of prescription in cases of joint pain. It is prescribed when the joint pains are the most severe during rest and also on initial movement. However, it gets better after continuous movement. Although there are a number of other medicines that treat this symptom, no other medicine does it better than this medicine.

In patients who are in need of Rhus Tox, they complain of heat, swelling and stiffness in joints along with pain. Rhus Tox is also highly suitable to treat joint pains which are a result of overstraining, sprain and injuries.

Dosage: Though it can be used in both low and high potencies, initially 30C potency is good to go. Rhus Tox 30C can be taken three to four times a day as per the intensity of the symptom. Keep away from using its high potencies without consulting homeopathic physician.

2. Bryonia Alba For Joint Pain Which Gets Worse By Movement, But Gets Better At Rest

Bryonia Alba though placed at second position is just as effective as Rhus Tox, but the symptoms a person shows are different. Bryonia Alba is chiefly recommended when the pain increases by even the slightest movement and is relieved by complete rest. The joint pain may be stitching (local, sharp, sudden pain) or tearing (intense) type. Along with pain, joints can be red, hot and swollen.

Dosage: Though it can be used in low or high power, it is mostly used in 30 C power. Bryonia 30C can be taken twice or thrice a day.

3. Arnica MontanaFor Joint Pain After Injury; Overstrained Joints

Sourced from the plant ‘leopard’s bane’, it is the most prescribed medicine to manage joint pain from injury or overstrained joints. Persons needing it usually complain of sore bruised pain in joints as if beaten. They fear touching the affected joints because of intense soreness.

Dosage: It can be used in 30C potency three or four times a day initially, gradually decreasing the dose once relief sets in.

4. Actaea Spicata – For Pain In Small Joints, Especially Wrist

This natural remedy sourced from the root of the plant ‘baneberry’ is highly effective for pain in small joints, especially wrist. The wrist becomes swollen and red with pain. It is also beneficial for relieving pain in other small joints as well, including ankles, fingers and toes.

Dosage:  One may use this medicine in 30C potency, once or twice a day for good results.

5. Colchicum Autumnale – For Joint Pain Caused By Gout

It is one of the best remedies for treating joint pain due to gout (joint Inflammation from high uric acid levels). It can be given to treat pain in any joint, but mostly helps if there is pain in the big toe due to high uric acid. There is unbearable pain if touched and the pain aggravates in the evening. This medicine also helps in managing joint pain that is shifting in nature, which means the pain keeps shifting from one joint to another. The pain gets worse at night.

Dosage: It may be used in 30 C potency once or twice a day.

Note: You may take any of these medicines for 3 to 4 weeks’ time. To use it beyond that or to use it in potencies higher than above-recommended potencies, consult a homeopath.

What Causes Joint Pains?

Joint pains can occur due to various reasons as summed below:

1. Rheumatoid arthritis

It is an auto-immune disorder that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased movement of the joint. An auto-immune disorder means damage to body’s own healthy tissues by the immune cells out of a misdirected response. In rheumatoid arthritis, the lining of the joints is affected which can slowly lead to bone erosion and deformity. This disease tends to involve small joints (fingers in the majority of the cases) on both sides initially, and large joints may get affected with the passage of time. Joint deformity can appear in later stages. Primarily, it affects joints but later on can also affect other organs like eyes, lungs, heart, and skin as well. The most important symptom is stiffness in the joints on waking up in the morning lasting for an hour after which it gradually eases. Other symptoms are pain, swelling, warmth, and tenderness in joints.

2. Osteoarthritis

It causes degeneration of the joints that occurs from wear and tear of the protective cartilage present at the end of the bones. Cartilage covers the surface of bones where they meet to form a joint. The cartilage in joints functions to allow smooth gliding movement of bones as the joint straightens or bends. Osteoarthritis mainly affects the knees, hips, hands, and spine. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain in joints, stiffness, swelling and tenderness at the joint, grating sensation when the affected joint moves, and decreased movement of the joint. Bone spurs (extra tiny outgrowth of bones over the end of bones) may form around affected joints.

3. Gout

It refers to the inflammation of joints that arises due to accumulation of urate crystals in joints when uric acid levels increase in blood. It results in swelling, pain, redness and tenderness of joints, especially the big toe.

4. Injury is also a common cause of joint pain. It can result from overuse of the affected joint, overstrained joint, sprains (caused by overstretching or tearing of ligaments that connect two bones together in a joint), or fracture.

5. Ankylosing spondylitis

It is a type of arthritis (joint inflammation) affecting the joints of the spine. The most common joint involved in it is the sacroiliac joint (joint between the base of spine and pelvis). The main symptoms are pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips. The pain is worse in the early morning and after periods of inactivity.

6. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

It is a type of arthritis that affect children under the age of 16 years. It causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling, and in some cases fever and rash on the trunk (any part of body excluding limbs, neck, face and head)

7. Bursitis

It refers to inflammation of bursa (small fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, muscles and tendons near joints). It mostly affects shoulders, hips, elbows and knees. It causes pain in the joint (pain worsens from pressure or movement), stiffness of joint and swelling, and redness over the joint.

8. Tendinitis

It means inflammation of tendons (bands that connect bones and muscles). It mainly happens from overuse and mostly affects heels, elbows and shoulders.

9. Avascular necrosis (AVN)

It refers to dead bone tissue resulting from lack of blood supply. Though anyone can be affected by it but excessive use of steroids in high doses over a long period of time and excessive alcohol intake puts a person at risk. Though it can affect any bone, the head of the femur (a bone in the thigh) is the most commonly involved bone. In the early stage of AVN (Avascular necrosis), no symptoms may appear. As AVN progress to further stages, pain in the affected joint begins usually on putting weight on it, later the pain may be even felt on lying down.

What Are The Symptoms?

Along with pain, there may occur stiffness and swelling in the joint. A grating sensation (harsh sound) on the movement of the joint may be felt at times. The affected joint may be sore from the inside and tender to touch from the outside which restricts the movement of the joint. This can lead to chronic joint deformities. If any kind of joint pain becomes severe, day-to-day activities get hindered. Due to joint pains, like rheumatoid arthritis, other organs like eyes, kidneys and heart can also get affected and lead to a complication.

Who is at risk?

Though joint pains can affect anyone, some factors increase the risk:

A person with family history of joint pains is at high risk

Injury to any joint

Overuse of joints


Lifestyle changes to manage joint pains

1.Keep moving

– Do not keep sitting for long hours, take short breaks by walking or changing the sitting position often.

– Do gentle stretches daily to help reduce stiffness in joints. Do physical activity as much as your body allows. Keep a balance between activity and rest.

– Consult a physiotherapist to learn exercises that can help you deal with your condition. It will relieve you from pain, stiffness, and will increase the range of body motion, and will strengthen muscles.

2. Use correct posture while sitting, standing, lying or walking.

3. Being overweight puts stress on the back, knees and hips. Try to lose weight to manage joint pain.

4. Taking food rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like fish and walnuts) can decrease joint inflammation and also help in relieving pain. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants which help in the repair of body tissues may be beneficial.

5. If you have joint pains, avoid running, jumping, and activities involving repetitive motion like playing tennis.

6. Avoid smoking, alcohol.

7. Reduce mental stress as it releases chemicals that can cause inflammation and worsen joint pain. Meditation and yoga may prove helpful here.

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  1. Both knee pain.osteo arthritis hai chalne me dard jayada hota years
    Ab knee ke pichhe vein me bhi dard karta hai
    Kabhi kabhi standing position me bhi knee me dard
    Karta hai.kabhi kabhi aawaj bhi aati hai.samadhan batae

  2. डी वी सिंह कुशवाहा says:

    आदरणीय डॉक्टर साहब
    72 बर्ष का हूँ।शाकाहारी हूँ।योगा करता हूँ पर घुटनो और तखनो के दर्द से एक साल से पीड़ित हूँ।होमेओपेथी मेडिसन ले रहा हूँ।पर कोई फायदा नहीं हुआ है।प्रोरीन डाइट कम लेता हूँ।दूध नहीं लेता हूँ।
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  3. Hello Dr. Sharma,

    I have had pain in the MCP joint of my left thumb in one specific area (outer tiny area over the bone of the joint) that’s tender to the touch and my thumb is slightly swollen and only hurts when I bend it. When I don’t bend it, I forget it’s there. It feels good when I rest it or don’t bend my thumb or touch that bone joint. It’s been about 3 months now and I’m wondering if there’s a homeopathic remedy for it?

  4. Hi I am 72, fighting Osteoarthritis, sciatica. I am introvert, love animals & outdoors. Hate crowds & small spaces. I want to ride my horses again and walk, swim, stand,
    Knee pain, back, torn rotator cuff from riding accident over a year ago

  5. HI i have pain in my knees and i have pain in my heels when i get up in the morning and some time feels pain in my hand fingers i am 45

    • Fakhar Mehmood says:

      Hi! Dr,
      I am 50+ and has high levels of blood pressure say 180/130 . So please give me some very effective medicine. If I use olesta am 5/40 it brings down my pressure levels.

    • Anil Kumar says:

      I 70year develop scitica pain during winter or in monsoon at RHS.Its better with pressure & warmth. Starts from right hip to thigh.worse by standing &better with folding affected leg.Please advice.

  6. Aftab Cheema says:

    Hi, age 61 suffering sever pain in my shoulders joints, while I m doing my gym as well. No uric acid tryglecride is at upper side so is uric acid normal but on upper side so plz suggest what remidy I use.

  7. I need advice on the best homeopathic medicine to reduce stiffness, inflammation, and pain in an injured finger.

  8. Christina Dunne says:

    Hello Dr Sharma, I have osteoarthritis, I also have Fybromialga, and Bursitis, could you recommend which would be the best remedy to help with the pain, I struggle to walk sometime as I also have bad achilles tendon it is which is extremely painful. I would love to have some relief from pain now and again. Thank you.

  9. Arif Mahmood says:

    Hello Dr !
    I am suffering from high Uric Acid problem for about last three years. For last six months, I am going through pain in my hand fingers and foot fingers joints which seems to be due to crystals of Uric Acid. Requested for some remedial measures under your expert advice please.

  10. Hello Dr.
    Two months ago I was diagnosed with severe advanced osteoarthritis due in part to cancer treatments. I have it up and down my spine, hips shoulders and pelvis. Finding it a challenge to change my life style. Pain management at present is addictive drugs. Palexia, endone just to name a few. Looking for more natural alternatives

  11. S.p.sharma says:

    Hello doctor
    Idevrloped pain in left knee after climbing stairs and getting down stairs
    I cannot stand on left leg and walk
    Even night i cannot sleep
    Whole leg pains can’t twist whole sleeping.
    No relief from allopathic. Taking this tox 200 and Arnica 200 bd and Ruta 200 bd alternately
    Syill mo relief. Please suggest

  12. Mandi Kekich says:

    Hello Dr. Sharma. My son Liam is 12 and has been diagnosed with JIR. We first noticed an issue in the winter of 2019. he slipped while sledding and hurt his knee. it was swollen for a while, we iced it and the pain and swelling went away. over the course of the next year his knee became swollen and stiff every once in a while. because it was during the beginning of the pandemic, we didn’t have many options for treatment. we had no idea that it could be JIR. about 6 months later, his other knee became swollen and sore also, I took him to his pediatrician who told us that she thought it was JIR. She thought that it could be arthritis and referred us to a rheumatoid arthritis Dr. Sure enough, it was JIR. He was then prescribed HUMIRA. I personally would like to try and find another solution to the issue. Right now he’s feeling pretty good. He’s active, he plays basketball and participates in his P.E. class. There is minor swelling sometimes, and he takes ibuprofen for any pain and stiffness. What do you recommend for treatment? I appreciate your time, thank you so much!

  13. tejaswi mishra says:

    sir namaste,i am 32 year old,female,having right knee pain from 5 month.its worse when i walk or stand more time in one height is 5.6″ and weight 80 kg.its normal when i wake up,or take rest.when i walk its also make sound .in starting its paining in right side means if we close 2 knee then its touching point,now a days its paining below other joint is paining.only right knee.please help

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