Ann Lovatt is one of our Therapists at BAYoga studio
Two Homeopathic Medicines for severe hip joint pain .
My patient was a woman in her late 70’s. She had just been placed on a waiting list for hip replacement surgery and hoped that the first operation might be within the next four months. She came to see me because she did not wish to take large doses of painkillers and yet was suffering greatly with severe joint pain.
I took a full case history over an hour and a quarter. This revealed, amongst other things, a history of headaches accompanied by sickness and slight IBS which was worse in the mornings. She was a talkative, bright, bubbly person but became quite weepy when commenting on her present restriction of movement. Her hip pain had started around her 60th birthday after a nasty fall. She described her pain as violent and deep, she moved with difficulty, was very sensitive to touch, and the pain made her constantly physically restless.
Osteoarthritis often occurs after injury or inflammation of a joint and most often affects the weight bearing joints, hips, knees, spine and feet although it can also affect the small joints in the hands. It is a degenerative disease during which the cartilage that cushions the joints begins to break down causing pain when the bones rub together on movement. The joints can become swollen and deformed.
The process of deciding on the correct homeopathic remedy involves careful consideration of the person as a whole, hence I would expect to find a remedy which had the scope not only to focus on the bone disease alone, but also reflected the history of headaches and the irritable bowel.
Another very important aspect of prescribing is the influence of the person’s personality and their energy. This patient displayed restlessness both physically and emotionally, she was a fast talker and her attention flitted from one thing to the next very quickly. I found myself scribbling my notes at high speed as she had so much to say and spoke so quickly. This quick energy would help lead me to the correct remedy as all medicines have an affect on the body which is much more than just the physical.
Two homeopathic medicines immediately sprang to mind; Eupatorium Perfoliatum, a traditional medicine of the Native American Indians, known as ‘boneset’ from the prompt manner in which it alleviates pain in the limbs of the type my patient was experiencing and Hecla Lava, ash from the Icelandic volcano Hekla.
Hecla Lava, where well indicated, is second to none for bone nodosities, hip disease and through the work of Dr A U Ramakrishnan is considered one of the principal homeopathic remedies for sarcomas. Patients needing this remedy would usually exhibit a great sensitivity to touch and their pain would be continuous and severe.
Eupatorium Perfoliatum was also equally well indicated for my patient as its scope encompassed the violence of her pain, its restless nature, and also covered her history of headaches with sickness and the morning IBS.
I felt that this patient would benefit from both these remedies in alternation in the 200c potency so I prescribed them to be taken in a liquid form and sipped over the course of approximately a ten day period five times daily. First one, then the second after a few days break. When taking remedies in this way the opportunity arises to succuss or shake the remedy at each dose thus re-energising it and in a very subtle way increasing the strength of the medicine so as to continually support the patient.
I also gave some advice on an anti-inflammatory diet, phytonutrients need a good boost and highly refined foods are definitely out of the question!
I felt my patient would benefit greatly from treatment from a cranial osteopath. Gentle mobilising techniques can ease the pressure on the joints and bring additional pain relief.
I look forward to bringing you another instalment after the follow up in 6-8 weeks.
Ann Lovatt RSHom