Dr. Dewey discusses the homeopathy treatment of Rheumatism in his bestselling book Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics….

Rhus toxicodendron. [Rhus-t]

      From the earliest homoeopathic times **Rhus has been the great rheumatic remedy of the school, comparing only with **Bryonia; and the difference between these remedies must be repeated once more.

**Rhus **Bryonia

Restlessness and desire to Disposition to keep perfectly move about continually, on still, since moving causes an account of the relief it to aggravation of of all aches the aches and pains. and yet sometimes pains force patient to move.

**Rhus **Bryonia

Suitable especially to Suitable to rheumatism of the rheumatism affecting fibrous joints and of muscular tissues tissues, sheaths of muscles itself. This is not especially etc., Rheumatism from the case with Bryonia, though exposure to wet when a Bryonia rheumatism from overheated and perspiring. these causes.

All **Rhus rheumatic symptoms are relieved by motion. They are worse from sitting and worse from rising from a sitting position, or on first commencing to move; continued motion, however, relieves. Warmth also relieves the **Rhus rheumatism. Damp weather and the approach of storms aggravate. Cold also aggravates. **Rhododendron is similar, in that change of weather aggravates. The character of the **Rhus pains is first a stiffness and soreness. there are also tearing pains, drawing, paralyzed sensations and even stitches. The sudden pain in the back known as “crick” is met well with **Rhus. **Rhus has an especial affinity for the deep muscles of the back. It is perhaps the most often indicated of any remedy in lumbago. It is also, it may be mentioned in passing, a remedy for the effects of overexertion such as sprains, wrenches, etc., being to fibrous tissues what **Arnica is to the softer structures. The rheumatism keeling for **Rhus may appear in any part;of the body; the lower extremities seem to have suffered most in the provers. The great keynotes of **Rhus are the following:

1. Relief from continued motion; the lumbago, however, being sometimes worse from motion.

2. The stiffness and soreness.

3. The aggravation when first beginning to move.

4. The aggravation from damp weather and cold. cold air is not tolerated; it seems to make the skin painful.

5. The relief of all the symptoms by warmth.

**Rhus will not cure every case of rheumatism, but it will cure a good many.

Bryonia. [Bry]

      The rheumatism of **Bryonia attacks the joints themselves, producing articular rheumatism, and it also inflames the muscle tissue, causing muscular rheumatism. The muscles are sores and swollen, and the joints are violently inflamed, red, swollen, shiny, and very hot. The pains are sharp, stitching or cutting in character, and the great feature of the drug should always be present, namely the aggravation from the slightest motion. Touch and pressure also aggravate.

There is but little tendency for the rheumatism of **Bryonia to shift about like that of **Pulsatilla or **Kalmia. It is not liable to be mistaken for any other remedy. **Ledum has some points of similarity. It would come in in articular rheumatism, where there is a scanty effusion, while **Bryonia tends to copious exudation. **Bryonia seems to suit well the acid condition of the blood, which gives rise to rheumatism; it has a sour sweat; also, **Kali carbonicum has stitching pains, but absence of fever will distinguish it from Bryonia.

**Bryonia, Ledum, Nux and Colchicum are the four chief remedies having aggravation from motion. General constitutional symptoms will most likely be present in cases calling for **Bryonia.

Excessive tenderness of the soles of the feet in rheumatism may suggest antimonium crudum.

Causticum. [Caust]

      This remedy resembles Rhus quite closely in many respects. The following are some of the differences:

**Causticum. **Rhus

The restlessness of this Restlessness all the time. remedy occurs only at night. Rheumatism from damp wet Rheumatism caused by dry, cold weather. Motion relieves the frosty air. Pains impel patient temporarily. constant motion, which does not relieve.

The symptoms calling for **Causticum are a stiffness of the joints. The tendons seem shortened and the limbs are drawn out of shape. It is a sort;of rheumatoid arthritis. As with Rhus, there is relief from warmth. There are drawing muscular pains and soreness of the parts o;f which the patient lies. It has been found useful in rheumatism about the articulations of the jaw. **Rhus has a cracking of the lower jaw when chewing.

**Colocynth has a stiffness about the joints and is also a useful remedy in articular rheumatism. Causticum, like Guaiacum and Ledum, has gouty concretions in the joints. There is much weakness and trembling with **Causticum, as with all the preparations of potash, and it is;of little use in arthritic troubles if fever be present. Weakness of the ankle-joint, contracted tendons, and a sprained feeling in the hip-joints are some of its important symptoms.

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.