Homeopathic remedies can be helpful during painful flare-ups. A constitutional remedy, chosen by an experienced practitioner to closely fit the individual, may help on deeper levels.
Aconitum napellus: Helpful for pain and inflammation that comes on suddenly after exposure to cold wind and weather. The person is likely to feel fearful, panicked, or agitated.
Apis mellifica: Helpful in acute conditions with redness, tenderness, and swelling. Joints feel hot and have stinging pain. The hands and knees are often affected. Warmth can aggravate the symptoms and cool applications bring relief.
Arnica: Useful for chronic arthritis with a feeling of bruised soreness. Pain is worse from touch, and may occur in joints that were injured in the past.
Belladonna: Useful for sudden flare-ups of arthritis with a sensation of heat and throbbing pain. The joints look red and inflamed, and the surface may feel hot to the touch.
Bryonia: Useful for tearing or throbbing pain that is worse from any motion. Rest and pressure may bring relief (if the pressure adds stability), but movement is intolerable. Cold applications often reduce discomfort.
Calcarea carbonica: Useful for arthritis in a person who is chilly, flabby or overweight, and easily tired by exertion. Inflammation and soreness are worse from cold and dampness, and weakness or cramping in the extremities are often seen. Problems often focus on the knees when Calcarea is needed.
Calcarea phosphorica: Useful for stiffness and soreness of the joints, worse from drafts and cold. Aching in the bones and tiredness are common, and the person feels worse from exertion. Calcium deposits or bone-spurs may develop, especially in the neck. A feeling of dissatisfaction and a strong desire for travel or a change of circumstances are often seen in individuals who need this remedy.
Calcarea fluorica: Good for arthritic pains that are improved by heat and motion. Joints become enlarged and hard, and bone spurs may develop. Arthritis after chronic injury to joints often responds to Calcarea fluorica.
Cimicifuga (also called Actaea racemosa): Useful for severe aching and stiffness that is worse from cold. Shooting pains or twitching can be felt in the area, and inflammation may be worse around the menstrual period.
Dulcamara: If a person has a flare-up of arthritis during cold damp weather, after getting wet and chilled, or when coming down with a cold, this remedy may be helpful. People who need this remedy are often stout, with a tendency toward allergies and back pain.
Kali carbonicum: Useful for the the joints that have begun to get thickened or deformed, and discomfort is worse from cold and dampness. People who need this remedy are often dutiful and conservative, and tend to feel anxiety in the stomach.
Kalmia latiflora: Good when intense arthritic pain appears quite suddenly. The problems start in higher joints and extend to lower ones. Pain and inflammation often start in the shoulder, moving to the elbow, wrist and hand. The knees are also frequently affected. Discomfort is worse from motion and often worse at night.
Ledum palustre: Good when arthritis starts in lower joints and extends to higher ones. Pain and inflammation often begin in the toes and spread up through the ankles and knees. The joints may make cracking sounds and may be very swollen. Cold applications bring relief to both the pain and swelling.
Pulsatilla: Useful for pain that moves unpredictably from one joint to another. The hips and knees are often affected, and pain may be felt in the heels. Symptoms are worse from warmth, and better from cold applications and open air. A person who needs this remedy often is moody and changeable, and usually wants a lot of attention and comforting.
Rhus toxicodendron: Thsi homeopathic remedy is useful for arthritis with pain and stiffness that is worse in the morning and worse in cold, wet weather. The person may feel extremely restless. Both warmth and motion improve the symptoms in the joints, as well as the person's general state.
Ruta graveolens: Good for arthritis with a feeling of great stiffness and lameness, worse from cold and damp, and worse from exertion. Tendons and the capsules of the joints may be affected. Arthritis may have developed after overuse, from repeated wear and tear.