Homeopathic arnica is a non-toxic extract from the flower of the same name. It is indicated for arthritis affecting the neck, back, hips and knees. Associated symptoms include muscle weakness and soreness, as well as fatigue. Arnica is also a common remedy for acute trauma and mechanical injuries which often accompany osteoarthritis, as well as for flare-ups of inflammatory arthritis.
The homeopathic preparation of dulcamara is a commonly prescribed remedy for arthritis. It is particularly helpful when the symptoms of joint stiffness, inflammation and pain are aggravated by cold and damp weather and ameliorated by motion and warmth.
Homeopathically diluted rhus tox is useful to manage arthritis associated with overexertion, strains and severely inflamed red, hot and crackling joints. There is a burning, achy quality to the pain, especially in the legs, and stiffness of the nape of the neck. Individuals requiring rhus tox often feel restless and anxious.
Homeopathic symphytum, derived from the herb comfrey (also known as bone set), is another major remedy for managing arthritis, helping repair the bones and joints. It provides rapid pain relief, reduces inflammation and speeds up the healing of the joints.
Zeel, a combination of remedies manufactured by homeopathic medicine company Heel, includes arnica, dulcamara, rhus tox and symphytum, among other substances. Extensive research studies have shown that Zeel is particularly helpful for osteoarthritis and other degenerative diseases of the joints, with comparable effects to the conventional drug hyaluronic acid. It also helps enhance the effectiveness of NSAIDs, according to clinical studies.
Traumeel is another combination of a few homeopathic remedies that works best for inflammatory joint diseases such as RA or acute injuries. Research studies show that Traumeel has comparable effects to NSAIDs.