Homeopathic Medicines For Joint Pain In Fingers

Homeopathic Medicines For Joint Pain In Fingers

Joint pain in fingers is a fairly common complaint during adulthood. While some patients complain of one-sided or pain in joints of just one hand, others may complain of joint pain in the fingers of both hands. Joint pain is one of the commonest complaints reported to the doctor in the clinical practice. Joint pain is an important medical issue to be addressed as no matter which joint of the body is affected, it can greatly influence or reduce the patient’s quality of life and his/her ability to work.

It has been found that early diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal complaints have a marked effect on improving disease outcomes. This article will help you understand the causes of joint pain in fingers and homeopathic medicines for the same.


Causes For Joint Pain In Fingers

The table below gives an idea about the various conditions resulting in joint pain in fingers along with a brief description of each condition

Sr. No.
Cause 
Description
1.Osteoarthritis

This is the most common form of arthritis which occurs from “wear and tear” of joints, which means it can be seen commonly during old age.

In this condition, the cartilage between the joints becomes thin or wears away and bony overgrowths (osteophytes) develop.

Osteoarthritis commonly affects the large joints of the body, neck and also hands.

Signs and symptoms include
  • Pain and stiffness of affected joints
  • Swelling of joints
  • Bony enlargement over joints due to osteophytes
  • Crepitus – Crackling sound of joints on movement

2.Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory joint condition. It can develop in the age of 30-60 years. Females are more commonly affected than males.

It commonly affects small joints such as fingers and toes and can progress to involve the larger joints like the knees, elbows, and shoulders. 

The affected joint cartilage wears and tears rapidly resulting in pain, stiffness, and deformities.
Signs and symptom include
  • The stiffness of joints in the morning
  • Low-grade fever associated with joint pain
  • Joints are stiff, warm and tender to touch 
  • Rheumatoid nodules may be formed 
3.Gout

This form of arthritis which is characterized by sudden and severe inflammation of joints where uric acid crystals have been accumulated. 

Gout typically affects a single joint – Usually the great toe, but it can also affect the joints of fingers. 

Signs and symptoms include

4.Psoriatic arthritis

It is a chronic form of arthritis which typically appears in people having skin psoriasis

It affects people in the age group of 30-50 years, but it can also affect children.  
Psoriatic arthritis affects large joints but it can also affect smaller joints of the hands and feet. 

5.Fibromyalgia

This condition is characterized by chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain, and tenderness.

Although it is primarily a pain syndrome, patients commonly complain of associated neuro-psychological symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Un-refreshing sleep
  • Cognitive dysfunction like inattention, difficult concentration
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men. 

Signs and symptoms include

  • Pain all over – which is poorly localized, severe and capable of reducing functional capability.
  • Pain, stiffness, and fatigue worsened by exercise
  • Increased sensitivity to pain

Homeopathic Medicines For Joint Pain In Fingers

Homeopathic medicines are gaining popularity as compared to modern medicine since it offers faster relief from symptoms without any side effects. How effectively a homeopathic medicine works depends entirely upon how well it suits each individual case.

Since Homeopathy is based on the concept of the law of similar (like cures like) and individualization, Homeopathic medicines are not prescribed empirically. It is, therefore, best advised to consult a qualified homeopathic doctor to receive a tailor-made approach to your individual case of joint pain in fingers along with dosage suitable to your individual case.

The table below mentions a list of commonly prescribed homeopathic medicines for joint pain in fingers along with their indications

Sr.No.
Medicine
Indication for use
1.Actea Spicata (Baneberry)

This remedy is indicated for rheumatic complaints of small joints.

Tearing and tingling pain is characteristic of this medicine. The stiffness of joints and swelling between joints.

Pain worse from movement, touch and at night.
The stiffness of joints after rest.

2.Caulophyllum (Blue Cohosh)

Rheumatism of joints of fingers with considerable swelling. 

Indicated for rheumatism found along with uterine and ovarian troubles.

Rheumatic complaints are found alternating with asthmatic affections, oppressed breathing, and nervous complaints. 

3.Colchicum (Meadow Saffron)

This remedy is indicated for sub-acute rheumatism with weakness.

It is especially useful for people who are over-worked and subject to poor hygiene conditions.

Joints are extremely sensitive to touch and slightest motion.

Pains in small joints are more superficial in summers and deeper during winters.

4.Kali Bichromicum (Bichromate of Potash)

This remedy is useful for rheumatism in spring and summer when the days and nights are cool. Pains in joints of fingers are more severe in winters than in summers.

This remedy has a good effect on pain in joints alternating with gastric symptoms.

Pain in wrists and small joints of win gets better in a warm room. Cracking of joints from least movement.

5.Ledum Palustre(Marsh Tea)

This remedy is suitable for pain in joints of fingers with nodosities and violent pain which is worse in the evening and at night or from being warm in bed.

It is well indicated for gout and rheumatism of smaller joints with tearing type of pain.

6.Pulsatilla (Windflower)

This remedy is suited for joint pain or rheumatism caused by getting wet, getting feet wet or from wet weather.

Drawing and tearing type of pain in joints which is constantly shifting.

Pain in joints with redness, swelling and extreme sensitivity to movement, touch, and pressure.

7.Sabina (Savine)

This remedy is useful in cases of gout and gouty nodosities present on joints.

Useful in arthritis pain in joints worse from warmth or heated room.

Author:

Dr. Himanshi Purohit

Dr. Himanshi is a Homeopathic consultant currently working as a lecturer in Post-graduate faculty of Homeopathy, Parul University, Vadodara.