Supplements Bry. and Apis, and urges them on when they fail to do their work. May use it in synovitis, especially after exudation has taken place. Sulph. here produces absorption, and very rapidly too, especially in the knee. Doughy swelling front right knee, especially above patella; pain on pressure; cannot straighten it.


Gives you a perfect picture of synovitis, especially when it affects the knee.

Pains sharp, lancinating, stinging, shoot through the joint; worse from slightest motion.

Effusions into joint.

Also, a kind of inflammation, which ends in thickening of the serous sac and of the tissues and cartilages about joints, giving the well-known white swelling.

Pulsatilla rivals Apis, but Apis has more effusion, and is indicated when there is a great deal of oedema about the joint.

Worse from heat; better for cold. Serous membranes inflamed: effusions in serous membranes: synovitis.



“Acts on synovial sacs, which are slightly different from pure serous membranes.”.

Rheumatism of joints, gouty, gonorrheal and traumatic synovitis.

Joints swollen. Pains sharp and stinging, with soreness about joint.

Pains usually erratic, now here, now there.

Tearing pains force patient to move joint.

Better pressure. Worse in the evening.

Pains often extend down limb, with jerking, through irritation of the muscular nerves, relieved by slowing moving about.

Usually worse from warmth, and relieved by cold (Led.): but some acute pains are > heat.

Affects knee; especially left knee.

Sudden, violent pain: knee much swollen.

Slightest touch or movement causes groans.

Pains most violent on beginning to move, and with movement.

Felt must move, yet motion gave no relief. (Rhus.).

Knees inflamed, swollen, with shooting pains.

Hot, inflammatory swelling of knee.

Tearing, jerking, drawing pain in knees.

Ferrum phos.

Synovitis, etc., from mechanical injuries: for the inflammatory symptoms.

Pains worse by motion and relieved by cold.

First stage of all inflammations, as long as there is no exudation or suppuration.

Severe pain knees, shooting down legs: high fever. Sleepless at night from severity of pain.

Terrible pain foot and ankle: cries with the pain. Occasional shootings up inside of leg.


Stiffness of all joints, could only move them after applying cold water.

Oedematous swelling of joint, which may feel cold to touch.

Pain joints:worse motion; heat of bed: evening. (Comp. Puls.).

Great swelling of knees, with rheumatic pain: Comfortable only when applying cold water.

Joints pale, swollen, tense, hot; stinging, drawing pains: worse warmth of bed; motion; evening.


Pains more stitching, with tension: better warmth of bed. (Apis better for cold applications.).

Serous inflammations after exudation has taken place. Sharp, stitching pains, worse from any motion. Rheumatic or traumatic cases.

Affected joint pale-red and tense.

Stitching pains in large joints – shoulder, knee, etc., all aggravated by motion, touch, jar.

Kali carb.

Stinging pains in joints, and inner parts.

Stitching darting pains, worse during rest and lying on affected side (rev. of Bry.).


Synovitis. Dull heavy pain in joints: worse exposure to air; worse wet weather.

Sensation of shortening of tendons behind knee: pains extend either upwards, or downwards along shafts of femur and tibia.

Worse motion: pressure.


Affection of ligaments, tendons and membranes connected with joints.

Pains as if sprained.

Pains as if bruised or sprained in joints.

Pains worse on first moving: must move.

Great restlessness: anxiety, apprehension.

Cannot stay long in one position.

Rhus is worse for cold; damp: worse at night.

Kali iod.

Gout: rheumatism: synovitis.

Pains tearing, darting. Violent jerking of limbs.

Joints swollen : filled with solid exudate.

Worse at night: must often change position.

Unable to remain in bed.


Serous swelling of joints, with but slight inflammation.

Caust. is better in damp, wet, warm weather.

Worse clear, fine weather: (rev. of Rhus.).


Acute rheumatism of right knee; semi-flexed, stiff, swollen. Worse at night. Great sense of weakness in joint.

External lateral ligament especially sensitive and painful to touch.


Supplements Bry. and Apis, and urges them on when they fail to do their work.

May use it in synovitis, especially after exudation has taken place. Sulph. here produces absorption, and very rapidly too, especially in the knee.

Doughy swelling front right knee, especially above patella; pain on pressure; cannot straighten it.

Stitching in knees.

Sub-acute and chronic synovitis.

Knee swollen, doughy; synovial fluid in surrounding cellular tissue. Worse at night in bed,burns and itches. > moving about. Tightness in hollows of knees, as if too short, on stooping.


Synovial cysts.

Enlarged bursa over patella.

Large cyst on patella; not inflamed but extremely sensitive.

Chronic synovitis of knee with great swelling and ankylosis.

Icy coldness of feet; or foot-sweat, often very offensive; or suppressed foot-sweat.


Synovitis: especially knees.

But in the calc. patient.

Cold damp feet: sensation of damp stockings.

Generally sweat of head at night.

Cramps, legs, especially calves: especially at night.

A weak sluggish patient.

Generally fat, flabby chilly; and full of fears.


Syphilitis, or strumous synovitis: tendency to destruction of joint.

Pains aching, or stabbing.

Worse at night, and from external warmth; profuse sweat, which does not ameliorate.

Chilly; weak; tongue pale, swollen; tooth-notched.

Typical Merc. is offensive – mouth, sweat, etc.


Synovitis: much swelling; with erratic tearing pains.

Knee much swollen; puffed and round on both sides: fluctuation.

Pain when stretching leg, or attempting to stand; can only place tip of foot on floor; no pain during rest.

Typical Iodum is hungry; has relief from constantly eating, yet emaciates. Worse from heat.

A. H. Grimmer
Arthur Hill Grimmer 1874-1967 graduated from the Hering Medical College (in 1906) as a pupil of James Tyler Kent and he later became his secretary, working closely with him on his repertory. He practiced in Chicago for 50 years before moving to Florida. He was also President of the American Institute for Homoeopathy.
In his book The Collected Works of Arthur Hill Grimmer, Grimmer spoke out against the fluoridation of water and vaccinations. Grimmer wrote prodigeously, Gnaphalium, Homeopathic Prophylaxis and Homeopathic Medicine and Cancer: The Philosophy and Clinical Experiences of Dr. A.H. Grimmer, M.D.