RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS


RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the outstanding maladies which handicaps humanity in general with no respect to age, station in life, rich or poor or any degree of sanitation. An acute arthritis is manifested or marked by acute pain, heat, redness and swelling, as of traumatism, gout, gonorrheal, or rheumatoid state.


Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the outstanding maladies which handicaps humanity in general with no respect to age, station in life, rich or poor or any degree of sanitation.

With all the effort as to research, prophylaxis or treatment in the past decade, we still have it with us. The dictionary states that arthritis is an inflammation of a joint, regardless of where the joint is located.

An acute arthritis is manifested or marked by acute pain, heat, redness and swelling, as of traumatism, gout, gonorrheal, or rheumatoid state.

Jousset in 1901, and Bartlett in 1908 declared that rheumatism was characterized by an inflammation of the serous membrane which was usually multiple, mobile, and occurring principally in joints and the heart. Four kinds they named: common, benign, fixed and anomalous.

Gaius J. Jones in his book Practice of Medicine in 1903 stated that rheumatism is a migratory, inflammatory disease, affecting the muscular and fibrous tissue, and connected with some general morbid state. Chief among predisposing causes is an hereditary tendency, and often occurs during the course of other diseases as scarlet fever, measles and gonorrhea, etc., and one attack predisposes to another. Acute articular rheumatism or rheumatic arthritis usually comes on suddenly, often after exposure to cold and wet weather, and so far as the medical profession is concerned this opinion still holds.

The regular school of medicine still maintains that rheumatoid etiology is unknown and specific therapy is lacking, the factor which precipitates the rheumatic process is unknown and no single factor can account for its development.

As to treatment, Saunders Current Therapy, 1954, states that it consists of aspirin or salicylates, which are enhanced with ACTH and Cortisone and supplemented by physio-therapy.

The diseased state is outlined as follows:

1. The common form which has a duration of 2 to 6 weeks, which develops a metastasis and stiff joints, and frequently relapses.

2. The benign form is less severe and less pronounced, with a 2 to 10 days duration and rarely has a metastasis. It has less fever and fewer joints are involved.

3. The fixed (mono-articular) form which involves only one joint but the fever is intense, violent, with a grave metastasis and is very difficult to treat, as a rule.

4. The anomalous form, which is less intense in joint involvement plus visceral affection, but the complications are severe as a rule, such as endocarditis and chorea.

Bartlett states that very little is known about the etiology of rheumatoid arthritis. Frequent attacks follow acute tonsillitis immediately. For prevention, he says, avoid exposure to wet, damp, and cold, and cure throat infections readily.

Homoeopathic treatment and success, of course, depend upon the selection of the proper remedy. The true homoeopath has a variety of remedies from which to make his definite selection. If he has a few strange, rare and peculiar symptoms it may be comparatively easy, but Kent in his repertory gives:

12 remedies in grade 1, or high grade,

44 remedies in 2nd grade,

38 remedies in 3rd grade.

This makes a total of 94 remedies which may be indicated in the treatment of this disease, and with such a great number of remedies to be considered, the symptomatology must be quite definite in order to be sure of the proper approach.

In the Aconite patient a great storm comes, sweeps over and passes away. There is a fear of death, darkness, bed and ghosts. She predicts the hour of death. There is a hard, full and frequent pulse. She is impatient. She is inappeasable and is tossing about with agony. She is aggravated by fright, shock, vexation, when chilled, by a cold dry wind, and at night. Ruddocklow and Bartlett recommend Aconite when there is a sudden, violent attack, restlessness with anxiety, and fear with high fever, and with the patient in a painful state.

The Belladonna rheumatoid patient also has a suddenness of onset, with violent pain, violent throbbing, a turmoil in brain with heat, hot skin, redness and swelling of joint or joints involved, sour sweat with no relief from it, under covered parts is profuse. She has a bright red face, dilated pupils, burning skin, throbbing pain, intolerance of pressure and jar. She is worse from cold, touch, light and motion, and better from heat.

Arnica has a bruised sensation and often a history of previous injury, is very sensitive to touch, fears to be touched or approached.

The Bryonia patient usually is angry. Suffering is increased by being disturbed mentally or physically. The patient is busy in his dreams, wants to go home, has a stitching and sticking pain which is worse with the slightest movement. Very thirsty for large drinks of cold water, and is always worse from movement.

H A Neiswander