**Ferrum phosphoricum is a very useful remedy in rheumatism of the shoulders, especially the right shoulder.

**Urtica urens has cured obstinate case of deltoid rheumatism in 10-drop doses of the tincture. It is thought this drug has the power to dissolve deposits of urates in the muscles.

Phytolacca. [Phyt]

      The sphere of **Phytolacca seems to be where there is a syphilitic taint. It is particularly useful in pains below the elbows and knees. There is stiffness and lameness of the muscles; the pains seem to fly about, are worse at night and are especially aggravated by damp weather. Rheumatic affections of the sheaths;of the nerves; periosteal rheumatism or rheumatism of the fibrous tissues often is benefited by **Phytolacca. Rheumatism of the shoulder and arms, especially in syphilitic cases, may call for this remedy. It cured a case of right deltoid rheumatism of twenty-seven years standing.

**Kali hydroiodicum has rheumatism of the joints, especially the knees. The knee is swollen, has a doughy feel, and the pain is worse at night; usually the trouble is of syphilitic or mercurial origin.

**Mercurius has some rheumatic pains, worse at night, but sweating, as the patient always will when the drug is indicated, aggravates them.

**Silicea is a remedy to be thought of in treating hereditary rheumatism. The pains are worse at night; worse from uncovering, better from warmth.

Guaiacum. [Guaic]

      **Guaiacum is a remedy with many rheumatic symptoms. It is in the chronic forms of articular rheumatism where the joints are distorted with concretions that it will do the most good, given earlier it will prevent the formation of these concretions, It is good remedy with which to follow **Causticum. A characterizing symptoms will be contraction tendons, which draw the limb out of shape, worse on any motion. We have already seen a number of remedies having these deposits in the joints, but none having these contractions. Stiffness and soreness of the joints and soreness;of the muscles are also present. Syphilitic or mercurial rheumatism may be also met at times with **Guaiacum. Gonorrhoeal rheumatism, where many joints are affected, they are rigid, hot, swollen and painful, and the contraction will be present; the muscles seem too short.

Calcarea carbonica. [Calc]

      Rheumatic affections caused by working in water will call for **Calcarea. **Rhus may fail, and then oftentimes **Calcarea will complete the cure. Gouty nodosities about the fingers are also present.

**Calcarea fluorica has proved of service in lumbago. It has much the same symptoms as Rhus; the patient is worse on beginning to move, but continued motion improves.

**Arnica has rheumatism, resulting from exposure to dampness, cold and excessive muscular strain combined. The parts are also sore and bruised. Rheumatism of the intercostal muscles is also met with **Arnica. Rheumatic stiffness caused by getting the head and neck wet will be best met with **Belladonna. An other of the **Calcareas, Calcarea phosphorica, is useful for rheumatism appearing on any change in the weather; pains especially in the sacral regions and extending down the legs. These symptoms suggest also **Dulcamara.

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.