Joint pain

Aching joints can make everyday movement and activities difficult and painful. Joint pain is usually caused by inflammation and can manifest as either acute pain such as an injury, chronic pain such as arthritis, or intermittent pain that comes and goes.

Homeopathy has been shown to be an effective method for treating joint pain. With the use of various dilutions of plant and mineral sources, homeopaths can relieve the pain associated with inflamed joints, and rebalance your body by treating you holistically. Here are some of the most common joint pain remedies used in homeopathy.

Rhus tox

The most popular treatment for joint pain amongst homeopaths is rhus tox. Rhus tox is derived from the plant known as poison ivy. While the poison ivy toxin causes an allergic reaction in healthy people, in patients suffering from joint pain due to overuse or injury, characterized by worsening with rest and improve with movement, rhus tox can be highly effective.


Ruta, commonly known as the rue plant, is another effective homeopathic remedy for joint pain. This remedy works best for joint pain associated with tendon and ligament strains such as those resulting from tennis or golfer’s elbow. Similar to rhus tox, the use of ruta is indicated by joints that feel worse when rested but improve with movement.


Conversely, for hot swollen joints that are painful to the touch with even the slightest movement, bryonia is the more effective joint remedy. The remedy is diluted from the root of the white bryonia alba plant.


Arnica is a great remedy for strains and sprains, but it is most effective when applied immediately after the injury occurs to prevent inflammation. Arnica is often applied topically as a gel, but it can also be effective when taken as an oral homeopathic dilution.


For acute onset joint pain that is accompanied by weakness or numbness, kalmia has been shown to be an effective joint remedy. Derived from the mountain laurel, this remedy is also suggested to be an effective treatment for arthritic pain.


For patients who suffer from joint pain that worsens at night or from exposure to heat but improves with cold and fresh air or pain that travels from once place to another, pulsatilla is often prescribed.

Final Thoughts

In addition to making a physical examination to determine the best course of treatment, a homeopath will also need to assess your emotional and mental states to treat you holistically and effectively.

Individual patients respond differently to different types of joint pain remedies. Don’t be discouraged if your joint pain does not improve with the first dosage of homeopathic medicine. Continue with the course of treatment or consult with your homeopath to try a different treatment which may have a better effect and look forward to living your life pain-free.