By Ellen Kramer (MCPH) Approximately 10% of the population have problems related to arthritis. It is more common in women, with the average age of onset being 50 years. Arthritis is related to advancing years, obesity, previous joint injury and joint deformity.
Arthritis is a chronic degenerative disorder of the joints, (characterised by loss of articular hyaline cartilage with sclerosis of underlying bone). The underlying bone is generally thickened but some areas become porous with the formation of bone "cysts". The key symptoms of arthritis are pain related to joint use, associated with immobility and deformity. There can be morning stiffness which tends to wear off after 15 minutes of exercise.
The symptoms of arthritis are often sensitive to changes in the weather as they appear to be affected by barometric changes.
There is considerable evidence that emotional states have a major impact on our susceptibility to certain diseases. Homeopaths have observed that the underlying emotional states linked to the development of arthritic conditions appear to be resentment, feeling victimized, bitterness and lacking in love.
How does arthritis develop in the joints?
A healthy joint consists of strong bones, which move against each other. Cartilage on the edge of bones is protected from the opposing bone and cartilage by a sac containing synovial fluid which effectively lubricates the joint. Poor nutrition, allergies, infections and food sensitivities can lead to problems Overuse and dietary imbalance can lead to a breakdown of cartilage. The synovial fluid becomes less lubricating. Loss of cartilage also leads to breakdown of collagen components in both cartilage and bone. The bone ends become uneven and large bone spurs can form leading to restricted movement and stiffness.
Calcium imbalance can lead to calcium being dumped in the soft tissues causing muscle pain. In rheumatoid arthritis the bone ends can become fused together immobilising joints permanently.
Our practically trained Homeopaths will establish the causes of your symptoms. If they can see clear causes (physical traumas or emotional shock etc), in your time line, they may treat these first before going on to a detox program. Often it is important to address traumas as they have a major impact on the body and may act as a block to your indicated remedy. They will take into consideration your nutritional states, and support you in developing a healthier approach to your nutritional needs and in taking action to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
If you are interested in exploring or studying homeopathy or attending our student clinics then contact Ellen Kramer MCPH, ARH, Course Director of The College of Practical Homeopathy • www.collegeofpracticalhomeopathy.com. • Tel: 0208 445 6123 or • email Tessa for help, queries or questions.
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