|Dynamic Chiropractic – August 25, 1997, Vol. 15, Issue 18|
By Frank King, DCYes, there are safe, natural and effective answers to problems like arthritis, back pain, sciatica, gout, headaches, muscle and joint injuries, and even tremors. I have found homeopathy can help the majority of these health problems. A properly formulated homeopathic muscle, bone or joint remedy can correct a number of these diseases by addressing the underlying cause(s).
Whether the patient is experiencing osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, I have found that an arthritis pain formula can be most effective when administered correctly. In homeopathy, it is not the amount of the dose, but rather the frequency of dose that makes the therapeutic difference. A good rule of thumb I use in my practice is the more intense the symptoms, the more frequent the dose. Taking a dose 6-8 times during an active symptomatic state is most effective.
When symptoms have decreased by 50%, I decrease dosage by 50%. When symptoms have decreased by 80%, I decrease dosage by 80%. As symptoms are eliminated, the patient may only require a dose anywhere from 1-3 times a week.
You may have other pieces to your patient's overall health problems that may require homeopathic treatment. If results are not being attained, look at other homeopathic formulations that may relate to the overall health of your patient. Good formulas to try for solving the puzzle of muscle, bone and joint problems may include ones for: back pain; muscles/joints; allergies to food and chemicals; lyme disease; detox and drainage; indigestion; circulation; menopause; and mental/emotional conditions.
Homeopathy added to your chiropractic management program will effectively broaden your scope of practice. However, when dealing with arthritis and muscle/joint treatment, and many other conditions, your patient's lifestyle management is essential to your successful management of their health.
Here are some helpful hints which you may want to distribute to your patients. I hope this will be helpful to you and your patients.
With age and "wear and tear," the cartilage may simply break down. As with any condition, incorporating good lifestyle management steps in everyday life can help prevent disease and maximize good health. At the end of this article will be a list of helpful management steps, but first some further information about other forms of arthritis, joint and muscle conditions.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) isn't as easy to explain. Some doctors believe RA is a metabolic disorder caused by stress. Through years of unhealthy living -- poor eating habits, little or no exercise, negative outlook, or chronic physical or emotional stresses -- a breakdown of important functions may occur within the body: digestion, circulation, and elimination, to name a few.
When the body's elimination process is hindered, toxins may accumulate in the joints. When this happens, the body releases inflammatory cells to the joints to help reject the toxins. Obviously, over time, the inflammation can cause damage to the joints and ultimately the body, generally beginning with the smaller joints of the hands, wrists, and ankles.
The joint condition called gout is a metabolic disorder of the production of more uric acid than the bloodstream can handle. The result is crystal-like deposits around the joints that causes severe pain, usually in the big toe. Gout is usually seen in overweight people who have a tendency to regularly indulge in rich foods and alcohol.
Osteoporosis is of course a condition where the bones lose their density and become more brittle, a result of a lack of certain minerals, mainly calcium. Osteoporosis seems to affect mostly women, particularly those who are underweight.
Here is a list of lifestyle management steps designed for your patients to integrate into their lives to help them live, move and celebrate a life free of disease.
1. Balch JF, Balch PA. Prescription For Nutritional Healing, 1990.For further information, please contact this author at 1-800-543-3245, from 9 to 5 EST.
Frank J. King Jr., ND, DC
Asheville, North Carolina
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