Rheumatism Best homeopathic remedies for Rheumatism from the book Therapeutic Pointers to Some Common Diseases by E.A. Farrington…

Actaea Spicata [Act-sp]

      It is useful in Rheumatism affecting the smaller joints, as those of hands and feet, esp. if hands and wrists are involved.

Anacardium [Anac]

      It is useful in stiff-neck, (<)from beginning to move.

Apis [Apis]

      It may be used both in the muscular and articular Rheumatism, but it is more frequently indicated in the latter type, commonly called Acute Inflammatory Rheumatism. It is indicated by the following symptoms : The affected parts feels very stiff and exceedingly sensitive to pressure; often with sensation of numbness. the joint or joints affected are swollen, with a kind of stretched-tight feeling; the swelling is rather pale red in color, and some fluctuation may be detected about the joint. Burning, stinging pains, (<)on any motion.

Apocynum [Apoc]

      It is indicated in rheumatism of the joints, The joints feel stiff, esp, on moving in the morning.

Arctium Lappa [ ]

      It cures Rheumatism when there are: Soreness of the muscles; dull Pains, (<)from motion. High-colored urine. The patient so weary and sleepy that he cannot do nay work.

Arnica [Arn]

      It is useful in local Rheumatism, which occurs in the Winter weather and which seems often to be the combined effects of exposure to cold and dampness, and strain on the muscles from over-exertion. The symptoms indicating it are : Sore and bruised feeling of the affected parts, (<)from any motion. Sharp shooting pains, which rum down from the elbow to the forearm or shoot through legs and feet. The feet often swell and feel sore and bruised.

Artemisia Abrotanum [ ]

      It is esp. called for Rheumatism with lameness and stiffness of the joints.

It is also indicated : When there is a strong tendency to metastasis; when, either spontaneously or from meddlesome local treatment Rheumatism leaves the extremities and goes to the heart; when Diarrhoea or Piles alternate with Rheumatism.

Belladonna [Bell]

      It is one of our best remedies both in acute and chronic Rheumatism. It is indicated when there are : Cutting and tearing pains, running along the limbs like lightning. The joints are swollen, red and shining; streaks of red radiate from the inflamed joint along the limb. Rheumatic Fever, with pains attacking the nape of the neck, shoulders and upper arms.

It is also one of our best remedies in rheumatic stiff-neck, caused by cutting the hairs, getting the head or sitting with the head exposed to a draft.

Bryonia, Guaiacum and Nux Vomica are nearly related to Belladonna in this affection.

Benzoic Acid [Benz-ac]

      It is useful in Rheumatism with urinary symptoms of the remedy. The urine smells strong, like that of the horse.

Berberis [Berb]

      It is a very useful drug in Rheumatism, when the characteristic urinary symptoms of the remedy are present. The pains in the joints are tearing and burning and there is bubbling feeling, as if water were coming up through the skin a symptom which points very strongly to Berberis, as the remedy.

Bryonia [Bry]

      It is indicated both in Muscular and Articular Rheumatism.

In Muscular rheumatism it is indicated when: The muscles are sore to the touch, and at times swollen; the pains are aggravated from the slightest motion and are relieved by remaining perfectly quiet [Rhus Tox.-relief from moving about].

In Articular rheumatism it is indicated when the local inflammation is violent. The fever is not very high and the pains and swelling either shift not at all, or else very slowly. The affected parts are very hot and dark-red or pale-red. The pulse is full and strong and the tongue is either uniformly white or more characteristically, dry and white down the centre. The bowels are usually constipated. The pains are (<)from least motion, and(>) by remaining perfectly quiet. The pains may be erratic [Kali Bich, Sul].

Calcarea Carb [Calc-c]

      It is of service in :Rheumatic affections caused by working in water; Rheumatism of the back and shoulders, after the failure of Rhus Tox; Rheumatism of the finger-joints [Kalm., Lithium carb., Carb.].

Calcarea Phos [Calc-p]

      It is useful in Rheumatism appearing in any change of weather or on exposure to dampness. It is indicated by the following symptoms: Stiffness of the neck, aching and soreness in the limbs and wandering pains through the limbs, particularly around the sacral region and down the legs.

Caulophyllum [Caul]

      It is esp. suited to Rheumatism of the phalangeal and meta-carpal joints, particularly in the females.

Causticum [Caust]

      It is called for in Rheumatism, esp. when the joints are stiff and the tendons shortened, drawing the limbs out of shape. Rheumatic pains attack particularly the articulation of the jaw; they are (<)from cold and are(>) by warmth.

It is also useful in Rheumatism of the right deltoid [Ferrum, Phosphorus, Acid Sanguinaria].

Chamomilla [Cham]

      It is useful in Rheumatism, with feverishness and nervous excitability. Stitching pains, jump from place to place and leave a sense of weakness and numbness; the pains drive the patient out of bed and compel him to walk about. He is thirsty, hot with red cheeks and almost beside himself with anguish; sweat does not relieve him, but the pains are better after sweat.

China [Chin]

      It is often indicated in inflammatory Rheumatism, not at the beginning, but later when the fever has become intermittent in its character, with jerking and pressing pains and swelling of the joints. The patient will not permit anyone to approach, crying out with pain if the affected parts are touched-so exquisitely sensitive is the surface.

Chininum Sulph [Chin-s]

      See the symptoms of China, with which it is similar.

Colchicum [Colch]

      It is indicated in Rheumatism proper, when it begins in one joint, and travels thence to another or in one side of the body and then flies to the other. It is esp. useful in weak debilitated persons, or in those, who despite local rheumatic inflammation, exhibit general symptoms of torpor; they are exceedingly irritable-every little external impressions, as light, noise or strong odor annoys them and pains seem to be unbearable. The affected joints are swollen and dark-red or pale in color and are extremely sensitive to touch and to the slightest motion. The pains are acute, tearing or jerking in character and are associated with paralytic weakness of the limbs and numbness and coldness of the surface [Ledum]; they appear about the neck and shoulders, or in a small part of body at a time, and then shift quickly; they are superficial in Summer, deep in Winter; they are worse in the evening. The smell of food nauseates him and he is sick at the stomach. The urine is dark- red and scanty, and burns in passing along the urethra.

It may also be indicated in metastasis of Rheumatism to the heart, when there are pericardial effusion, fulness and oppression while lying on the left side, compelling him to turn over; the pulse is invariably small, weak and accelerated.

Colocynth [Coloc]

      It is to be remembered for Articular Rheumatism, when the joints remain stiff and unwieldy; after the acute stage, The pains in the affected parts are of a boring character.

Conium [Con]

      It is indicated when the pain is worse from beginning to move, but relieved from continued motion.

Dulcamara [Dulc]

      It is useful in Rheumatism, made worse by sudden changes in the weather.

Ferrum [Ferr]

      It is useful in Muscular Rheumatism, when the pains are (<)at night, and (>) by moving about slowly.

It esp. affects the left deltoid muscle.

Gelsemium [Gels]

      It may be useful in Gonorrhoeal Rheumatism.

Guaiacum [Guai]

      It is useful in Chronic Rheumatism, when the joints have become distorted by the concretions.

It also follows Causticum well, when there are contractions of the tendons, drawing the limbs out of shape, and aggravated by any attempt at motion-particularly if there are well developed nodosities in the joints.

Helleborus [Hell]

      It is useful for rheumatic pains in the knees.

Iodine [Iod]

      It is sometimes indicated in rheumatic joint affections, with effusion and emaciation.

In acute cases, compare Apis; in the chronic, Sul.

Kali Bichromicum [Kali-bi]

      It is useful in Rheumatism, particularly which occurs in the Spring or in the Summer weather, when there are cool days or nights. The joints are affected considerably and there are more pains about the fingers and wrists, than in any other part of the body. The pains wander about, suddenly jumping from one part of the body to another and are(>) by moving the affected part. Gastric and rheumatic symptoms often alternate.

It is also called for in Gonorrhoeal Rheumatism; the pains are better in a warm room.

Kali Iod [Kali-i]

      It is useful when Rheumatism affects the spine and Paraplegia results.

Kalmia Latifolia [Kalm]

      It is useful when there is tearing pains down the legs, without any swelling, without any fever but with great weakness [Colchicum]. The Rheumatism usually travels downwards, following the direction of the pains.

It is also useful in Rheumatism of the finger-joints [Calcarea Carb., Lithium carb. Carb.]

It is a valuable remedy in Rheumatism, when it affects the chest and is esp. useful when it shifts from the joints to the heart, particularly after external applications to the joints, of substances not Homoeopathic to the case. The pains are sharp and severe taking away the breath-the patient almost suffocates; they shoot down from the heart to the stomach or abdomen. The pulse is slow [Digitalis].

Lac Caninum [Lac-c]

      It is indicated when the pains are (<)from warmth [Ledum}; but they shift from one limb to the other, and back again.

Ledum [Led]

      It is an invaluable remedy in Gout and in Rheumatism affecting the smaller joints-the disease characteristically travels upwards, following the direction of its pains. The pains in the joints are acute and tearing in nature, with paralytic weakness of the limbs and numbness and coldness of the surface [Colchicum]; also drawing pains; the pains are (<)from warmth [Lac Can.] and wines. The muscles feel sore, as if but of place. The brain feels sore, at every false step [Rhus Tox.].

In rheumatic or gouty inflammation of the great toe it is indicated when instead of tending to copious effusion, the effusion is scanty and when tends to harden into nodosities.

It is also useful in Chronic Rheumatism and is one of the remedies on which to depend in treating hereditary Rheumatism [Silicea]. The symptoms usually extend from feet upwards. The patient is worse from warmth {Silicea-the opposite].

Lithium Carb [Lith-c]

      It is efficacious in Rheumatism associated with an erythema bout the joints, with very annoying itching there.

It is esp. called for in cases of Chronic Rheumatism connected with heart lesions. I have succeeded in several instances, in relieving chronic rheumatic patients by this remedy The symptoms which indicate the drug are these: The whole body feels stiff and sore, as if beaten. Clumsiness in walking from unwieldiness of the muscles. Pains in the joints, usually worse in knee-ankle-and finger-joints [Calcarea Carb., Kalmia]; pains go down the limbs. Tenderness with swelling and occasional redness of the last joints of the fingers. Intense itching on the sides of the feet and hands, without any apparent cause. The whole body increases in weight and becomes puffy. The urine looks turbid and may deposit mucous or red sediment. The associated heart symptoms are : Rheumatic soreness about the heart; Shocks or jerks about the heart. Fluttering of the heart, from mental agitation [Calcarea Carb., Nat.Mur., Sepia]. Distressing cardiac pain, particularly felt or augmented from bending forward or on bending over the bed in morning; the pains are (>) by urination.

Lycopodium [Lyc]

      It is useful when the urine contains a lithic acid deposit. Associated with this are : The arm feels heavy and weak, but when he tries to use them, finds that he can work quite well with them. The limbs easily go to sleep, with numbness and formication. The right side is usually the seat of the disease. The pains are (<)from beginning to move and (<)from continued motion [Pulsatilla].

In Chronic Rheumatism, it is found effective, when the pains are (<)from damp weather and(>) by slow motion and warmth, and the warmth, and the characteristic gastric and urinary symptoms are present.

Magnesia Carb [Mag-c]

      It is suitable for Rheumatism in the right shoulder. It has also rheumatic pains in the limbs, (<)after a long walk and in bed, and (>) from warmth.

Manganum [Mang]

      It is an excellent remedy in rheumatic patients when the heels are affected and the patient cannot bear any weight on them.

It is also indicated when the rheumatic symptoms come in dark, almost bluish spots.

Mercurius [Merc]

      It is indicated when sweating and warmth of the bed aggravate the symptoms.

Nux Moschata [Nux-m]

      It is indicated in Rheumatism affecting the left deltoid [Ferrum].

Nux Vomica [Nux-v]

      It is useful when the Rheumatism, involves the larger joints and muscles. The joints are swollen and are usually pale. The symptoms are almost always (<)towards morning.

It is esp. indicated in Rheumatism of the trunk.

It is also called for in Rheumatism of the back, when the patient is unable to turn over in bed, without first sitting up.

Petroleum [Petr]

      It is particularly indicated when the knees are stiff, being associated with sharp sticking pain in them, stiffness in the neck and cracking sounds when moving the head.

It is also indicated, in Rheumatism of the back, when the pains are (<)in morning before rising.

Phosphorus [Phos]

      It is particularly indicated when Endo carditis or Myocarditis occurs during the course of Acute Inflammatory Rheumatism or Pneumonia.

Pulsatilla [Puls]

      It is indicated in Rheumatism of the joints, when the joints are swollen the pains are of a sharp stinging or tearing character and are accompanied by a feeling of soreness or of sub-cutaneous

ulceration about the affected joint. The tearing pains force the patient to move the affected parts; they often extend down the limb and are accompanied by jerking; they are usually erratic, now here and now there jerking; they are usually erratic, now here and now there [Bryonia, Kali., Bich., Sul.]; pressure relieves these pains; they are usually (<) from warmth in the evening and on beginning to move, and are (>) by cold and from slow motion [Lycopodium].

In rheumatic headaches, it is indicated when the pains are sharp and severe and seem to go from head into the face and almost drive the patient mad; in other cases, they may be erratic, wandering from one part of the head to the other.

It is often indicated in Gonorrhoeal Rheumatism [Thuja].

Rananculus Bulbosus [Ran-b]

      It is indicated in Rheumatism when the pains are (<) in damp weather, particularly from a change of weather or temperature. Even a rheumatic headache having this aggravation may call for


It is decidedly the best remedy in the Inter-costal Rheumatism with sharp stitching pains and a sore spot in the chest, (<) from any motion (even breathing), pressure or change of temperature, associated with dyspnoea sometimes distressing.

Rhododendron [Rhod]

      It is particularly useful in chronic Rheumatism affecting the smaller joints.

It is one of the best remedies for Rheumatic Gout and for a hard, rheumatic swelling of the big toe-joint often mistaken for Bunion.

Rhus Radicans [Rhus-r]

      It is indicated when there are: Drawing, tearing pains in the legs. Rheumatic pain in the back of head. Rheumatic stiff-neck associated with occipital headache.

Rhus Tox [Rhus-t]

      It is indicated in Rheumatism not so much in the inflammatory form as in Rheumatic diathesis when the characteristic modality (i.e relief of symptoms by continued motion and agg. on beginning to move) is present and when there is agg. during damp weather or from dwelling in damp places. It is esp. suitable for Rheumatism after exposure to cold or wet, particularly when one is over- heated or perspiring. Other notable symptoms are: Restlessness, all the time. The prominent projection of bones are sore to the touch, as for example the cheek-bones. Rheumatism of the muscles of the back and shoulders [Calcarea Carb.- follows it well]. Rheumatic pains in the inter-scapular region, (<) from cold (>) from warmth. Stiff-neck. Colic (of rheumatic origin), the pain is (<) by bending double or moving about. Brain feels sore at every false step [Ledum]. Accompaniment of Hives. The patient cannot bear the least exposure to cool air characteristic.

It is to be compared with: Anacardium, Caps., Conium, Ferrum, Kalm. Ledum, Lycopodium, Pulsatilla, Rhus., Radicans and Rhodo.

Ruta Graveolens [Ruta]

      It is similar to petroleum.

Sabina [Sabin]

      It is suitable for Rheumatism of the small joints the pains are (<) in a warm room.

It is particularly suitable in plethoric women, who suffer from what they call rheumatic inflammation.

Sanguinaria Canadensis [Sang]

      It is suitable for Acute Muscular Rheumatism The pains are sharp and stitching, with great soreness and stiffness of the muscles, esp. those of the back and neck.

It exhibits a special affinity for the right deltoid muscle, and is suitable for Rheumatism affecting it [Mag. Carb.]. The pains are intense. The patient cannot raise his arm to the head.

Secale Cornutum [Sec]

      It is useful in Rheumatism, when there is sudden `catch’ or `kink’ in the back.

Silicea [Sil]

      It is useful in chronic Rheumatism. It is one of the remedies on which to depend in treating hereditary Rheumatism [Ledum]. The pains are predominantly in the shoulders and in the joints and are, at night and when uncovering [Ledum- worse from covering up].

Sulphur [Sul]

      It is indicated both in the Acute and Chronic Rheumatism, particularly the latter when the inflammatory swelling ascend, i.e., they begin in the feet and extend up the body. The pains are (<) in bed and at night, and they may be erratic [Bryonia, Kali bichromicum, Pulsatilla]. Burning in the feet which the patient uncovers.

It is esp useful during the course of Acute Inflammatory Rheumatism for that annoying symptom-jerking of the limbs on falling asleep.

Thuja [Thuj]

      It is esp. indicated in ARticular Rheumatism caused by checking of the Gonorrhoeal discharge [puls.] by injection, cold or any other influence. Sweat upon uncovered parts of the body only is characteristic.

Valeriana [Valer]

      It is cure Rheumatism with violent drawing, darting or jerking pains in the limbs, which appear suddenly they are (<) from sitting and (>) from motion. The patient may have a strained feeling in the lumbar region, subject to the same modality as the pains in the limbs.

Veratrum Album [Verat]

      It is indicated when the pains are maddening, compelling the patient to walk about, but no feverishness and excitement.

Viola Odorata [Viol-o]

      It is indicated when the Rheumatism attacks the right wrist.

Zincum [Zinc]

      It is indicated in Rheumatism when in the beginning there are sharp, lancinating pains through the head, (<) from wine or anything that stimulates; there are also pressing, tearing pains in the occiput, particularly about the base of the brain, which seem to shoot through the eyes and sympathetically into the teeth.

Besides the above remedies Phosphoric Acid may be needed infrequently.

E. A. Farrington
E. A. Farrington (1847-1885) was born in Williamsburg, NY, on January 1, 1847. He began his study of medicine under the preceptorship of his brother, Harvey W. Farrington, MD. In 1866 he graduated from the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1867 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating in 1868. He entered practice immediately after his graduation, establishing himself on Mount Vernon Street. Books by Ernest Farrington: Clinical Materia Medica, Comparative Materia Medica, Lesser Writings With Therapeutic Hints.