Dewey gives the common homeopathy remedies for the treatment of Rheumatism in an easy question-answer format. …

Give the rheumatic symptoms of Rhus tox.

All Rhus tox. rheumatic symptoms are relieved by motion, worse from sitting and worse from rising from a sitting position or first commencing to more; but continued motion relieves, also warmth. They are aggravated during damp water ad are caused by swelling in damp places. There is stiffness of the muscles and soreness. Prominent projections of the body are sore to touch. It seems to have a special affinity for the deep muscle of the back. It is are remedy also for the effects of over- exertion, such as sprains, wrenches, etc.

What forms of Rheumatism is Ferrum phosphoricum suitable to?

Articular rheumatism or sub-acute rheumatism, the pains are worse from motion.

Was drugs have relief forms low motion?

Lycopodium, Pulsatilla and Ferrum.

What are the indications for Rhododendron in Rheumatism?

There is great susceptibility to change of weather, particularly changes to cold winter weather. The pains are worse during rest. There is a weak paralytic reeling, and it is especially useful in chronic rheumatism, affections the smaller joints. It is a very useful remedy for rheumatic gout.

Give the symptoms of Ledum in rheumatic troubles.

Pains of Ledum characteristically, travel upward. It is a remedy for gout and rheumatism affecting the smaller joints. the pains are worse from the warmth of the bed.

How does Ledum compare with Bryonia?

Ledum produces a scanty effusion which tends to harden into nodosities, while Bryonia tends o a copious effusion.

What other drugs have nodular swellings in the joints.?

Calcarea carb., Benzoic acid, Lycopodium, Ammonium phos. and Lithium carb.

What are the rheumatic symptoms of Bryonia?

It is a remedy for acute articular rheumatism with violent local inflammation the parts being hot, shining and dark or pale red, and the pains are greatly aggravated from motion;l external heat relieves.

Give the principal differences between Rhus tox. and Bryonia in rheumatic troubles.

Bryonia is aggravated by motion and Rhus tox. is relieved by motion.

Give the rheumatic symptoms of Actea spicata.

It has an affinity for the smaller joints. The joints ache and swell while the patient is walking. It is especially indicted in the rheumatism of hands and feet.

How does this compare with Actea racemosa?

Actea racemosa affects the bellies of the muscles rather than the joints.

What other drug is especially useful for rheumatism of the smaller joints of the hands and feet?


Give the symptoms of Colchicum in rheumatic troubles.

The pains are worse in evening. the affected pars are swollen dark red, and there is tendency for the disease to shift about from one joint to another. It is especially useful for rheumatic affections in debilitated persons; those who are weak-weakness being the characteristic.

Give the rheumatic symptoms of Guaiacum.

Chronic forms of rheumatism where the joints become distorted by concretions; contractions of tendons; worse from motion.

What drug has special action one the right wrist?

Viola odorata.

What are the rheumatic symptoms of Kalmia?

Rheumatism affecting the chest and rheumatism which shifts from the joints to the heady after external applications to the joints and the rheumatism of Kalmia, unlike that of ledum, travels. downwards; useful in heart affections, such as pericarditis and endocarditis from rheumatism.

What are the rheumatic pains of Ranunculus bulbosus?

The pains are worse in damp weather, and particularly from a charge of weather and change of temperature; intercostal rheumatism, witch in side and a feeling as of parts pounded.

Give the rheumatic symptoms of Causticum.

Causticum is useful where the joints are stiff and where the tendons are shortened; rheumatoid arthritis calls for the drug, a nd the pains of Causticum are worse from cold and relieved from warmth; restlessness at night; drawing muscular pains the parts on which he lies become sore.

How can we distinguish Rhus tox from Causticum?

Rhus tox. has restlessness and relief from motion all the time; with Causticum there is only nocturnal restlessness.

What drug has rheumatic pains which make the patients almost beside themselves, compelling them to get out of bed and walk about?


They all lack the feverishness, excitement an irritability of Chamomilla.

Where are the rheumatic indications for Dulcamara?

It is useful in rheumatism made worse from change of weather. That is the chief characteristic of the drug. Rheumatic pains of he muscles from taking could during the prevalence of damp, raw weather.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.