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Shoulder makes an important part of one of the most mobile joints of human body, which enables us to perform a wide range of activities. A discomfort in performing any of these functions or a condition where a persistent pain prevails in the shoulder along with soreness or redness requires medical attention. 

Repetitive shoulder movements can cause impingement or instability of the soft tissues or bony structures which partake in these motions, resulting in shoulder pain. The most common cause of shoulder pain is rotator cuff tendonitis or swimmer’s shoulder. It occurs when the tendons of shoulders are damaged due to general wear and tear.  Some of the other causes of shoulder pain are:

  • Bursitis: Inflammation of bursae (bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions in the joints)
  • Arthritis: Joint inflammation
  • Fracture: Break in the continuity of any of the bones forming the shoulder joint
  • Frozen shoulder: Inflammation of soft tissues around shoulder joint causing stiffness and reduced mobility. Old age and deficiency of calcium and vitamins B12 and D are common causes of this condition 
  • Angina: Angina is a condition where the amount of blood flow to the heart is reduced. This condition results in chest pain accompanied by shoulder pain
  • Pinched Nerve 

Homeopathy offers a number of remedies for shoulder pain irrespective of the cause and can be quite effective if the treatment, if initiated at the earliest. However, injuries are often subjected to allopathic treatment, which can be lengthy and cause side effects. Medications like arnica, cocculus indicus, natrium carbonicum, kalmia latifolia and others are effective and common prescriptions for conditions causing shoulder pain and limitation of movement of shoulder joint. 

  1. Homeopathic medicines for shoulder pain
  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes for shoulder pain patient as per homeopathy
  3. How effective are homeopathic medicines and treatments for shoulder pain
  4. Side effects and risks of homeopathic medicine and treatments for shoulder pain
  5. Takeaway
  6. Doctors for Homeopathic medicine, treatment and remedies for Shoulder Pain
  • Alumina
    Common name: Oxide of aluminium, argilla
    Symptoms: Common symptoms for which where alumina is prescribed are:
    • Shoulder pain accompanied by pain in arms
    • Paralysed feeling in arms
    • Gnawing pain beneath fingernails 

Pain tends to get worse during the noon, on waking up and after eating potatoes. There is a slight relief during the evening or in open air.

  • Anagallis Arvensis
    Common name: Scarlet pimpernel
    Symptoms: This remedy helps in the treatment of the following symptoms:
    • Pain followed by swelling of shoulder joints
    • Pain in arms
    • Cramps in fingers 
  • Arnica Montana
    Common name: Leopard’s bane
    Symptoms: This remedy is prescribed in cases of physical damage to the shoulder, generally due to an accident or a fall. It is preferred in conditions of severe deficiency of blood, which makes a person weak. Other symptoms which are treated with this remedy are:
    • Numbness of arms
    • A sensation of dislocation or sprain in the shoulder
    • Pain in the back and arms
    • Soreness of shoulder with overexertion
    • Sensitivity to touch 

Pain worsens with touch or while walking but feels better while lying down.

  • Azadirachta Indica
    Common name: Margosa bark
    Symptoms: Azadirachta Indica is commonly prescribed in rheumatic conditions. Common symptoms for which azadirachta indica, a remedy from the neem treem, is prescribed are:
    • Shoulder pain accompanied by back pain
    • Pain in hands including palms
    • Painful fingers
    • Sore and sensitive shoulder 
  • Baryta Carbonica
    Common name: Carbonate of baryta
    Symptoms: This is a common prescription in elderly individuals. Their pain gets worse with lying on the affected side and eases with walking. Symptoms, which are relieved by baryta carbonica are:
    • Pain in joints
    • Feeling of numbness in arms
    • Painful and sore shoulder 
  • Cocculus Indicus
    Common name: Indian cockle
    Symptoms: Cocculus indicus is a preferred medication in sensitive and emotional women with light hair colour. Their pain tends to worsen with any physical or demanding activity. Common symptoms that are relieved by this remedy are:
    • Pain in arms
    • Weak and trembling arms
    • Numbness of arms
    • Alternately cold and warm hands
    • Pain in arms on application of pressure
  • Conium Maculatum
    Common name: Poison hemlock
    Symptoms: People who benefit from this remedy experience the following symptoms:
    • Paralysed sensation in hands
    • Weakness in arms
    • Trembling arms on performing any action
    • Excessive sweating of hands 

: The pain seems to get worse with any physical activity or mental exertion and reduces on letting the limbs hang down.

  • Juglans Regia
    Common name: Walnut
    Symptoms: Symptoms, which are relieved by this remedy, are:
    • Weakness of arms
    • Frequent or periodic pain in arms
    • Feeling of a light shock in arms at intervals or when resting 
  • Kreosotum
    Common name: Beechwood kreosote
    Symptoms: This remedy helps relieve the following symptoms:
    • Feeling of coldness in shoulder
    • Sprain in thumbs
    • Pain in shoulders spreading out to fingers
    • Soreness in joints accompanied by pain 

Pain worsens in colder surroundings and with rest and eases with warmth and slight motion.

  • Kalmia Latifolia
    Common name: Mountain laurel
    Symptoms: Common symptoms for which kalmia latifolia is prescribed are:
    • Pain that starts in shoulders and spreads downwards
    • Bursitis in the right shoulder
    • Pain that increases with movement
    • Pain that gets worse during nights and in the mornings 
    • Open air or cool air also affects the pain adversely.
  • Lycopodium Clavatum
    Common name: Club moss
    Symptoms: Lycopodium clavatum is indicated in case of the fllowing symptoms:
    • Numb and heavy arms
    • Tears in shoulder joints
    • Pain while resting arms 

Shoulder pain that gets worse with warmer surroundings and lessens when the temperature drops or with movement of the joints. Pain also typically worsens between 4 to 8 pm.

  • Natrium Arsenicosum
    Common name: Arseniate of sodium
    Symptoms: Common symptoms where natrium arsenicosum is prescribed are:
    • Pain in arms
    • Stiffness in shoulder and arms 
  • Natrium Carbonicum
    Common name: Carbonate of sodium
    Symptoms: Signs,where natrium carbonicum is introduced, are:
    • Sprained shoulder
    • Increased weakness in arms during the morning
    • Easy dislocation of joints 

The condition of the individual gets even worse by resting or application of heat.

  • Nitricum Acidum
    Common name: Nitric acid
    Symptoms: Nitricum acidum is commonly prescribed in dark-complexioned people aged around 50 or more. Their pain gets worse after the day ends and is generally worse at night. Symptoms, which are relieved by nitric acid are:
    • Blue nails
    • Excessive sweating in palms and hands
    • Coldness of hands 
  • Sepia Officinalis
    Common name: Inky juice of cuttlefish
    Symptoms: This remedy is often prescribed to women. People who benefit from this remedy experience the following symptoms:
    • Soreness of arms as if bruised
    • Pulling pain in arms
    • Restlessness with twitching in arms 

Pain tends to get worse during the evening and when cold winds blow and are eased when pressure or warmth is applied to the affected region.

  • Veratum Album
    Common name: White hellebore
    Symptoms: Veratum album is prescribed for the treatment of weakness when it is accompanied by a sensation of cold. Pain gets worse when the weather is colder, mostly during the night, and eases when the temperature rises and with movement of the joints. Symptoms which indictae a need for veratum album are:
    • Soreness in shoulder joint
    • Paralysed sensation in arms
    • Sensation of coldness and heaviness in arms
    • Swelling in arms 
  • Viscum Album
    Common name: Mistletoe
    Symptoms: Symptoms which indicate a need forviscum album are:
    • Alternating pain in shoulder and elbows
    • Sensation of an insect crawling on the back of hands
    • Itching onhands and shoulder region
    • Trembling hands, which causes difficulty in performing any action
    • Any movement or cold weather results in worsening of the pain.  

Shoulder pain is a very common and frequently occurring condition among Indians. The most common cause of unresolved shoulder pain is neglecting the pain in its early stages and realising the need for medical attention only when the symptoms grow and the condition is deemed acute. 

The following measures are advised to alleviate shoulder pain and promote the uninterrupted action of homeopathic medicines.

Do’s

  • Maintain a healthy diet and avoid food products that interfere with the working of the medication
  • Keep yourself and your surroundings clean and tidy
  • The temperature of the room must be maintained as per the liking of the affected individual

Don’t

  • Consumption of alcohol and tobacco during the tenure of the treatment must be avoided. Also, strong beverages are avoided as they interfere with the working of homeopathic medicines
  • Sour and spicy foods such as pickles and chillies must be avoided as they are major hindrances to the working of a homeopathic remedy
  • Avoid overexertion or overdoing activities involving shoulder and arms
  • Avoid exercises which cause an increase in the pain and discomfort. The physician can help you plan an exercise routine
  • Extremes of hot or cold weather are rather avoided to promote better recovery 

Shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal condition in India. Physical pain is often neglected until the symptoms turn acute and require medical attention. Homeopathy provides a vast inventory of remedies for the treatment of most underlying conditions for shoulder pain.

Clinical studies suggest that homeopathic treatment helps to improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by reducing pain and inflammation associated with it. 

According to a study published in the Journal of Complementary Medicine Research, homeopathic medicines, when taken under the guidance of an experienced physician helps reduce pain, inflammation and bleeding associated with haemarthrosis. 

A homeopathic physician performs an extensive examination of the shoulder. A person’s appearance, state of mind, medical history and even the side on which the symptoms are prevalent are taken into account in order to provide a completely safe and effective medication that is free from side effects. 

Homeopathic remedies are obtained from naturally occurring substances and can, therefore, be used safely for the treatment of several acute and non-acute diseases.

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed after extensive examination, keeping every possible aspect of the individual in mind. These medications are administered in minute doses in a diluted form and thus are safe and free from side effects.

Since the remedies and treatment plans introduced are distinct and tailored differently for every individual according to the totality of his/her symptoms, it is best that you check in with a doctor before taking any of these remedies.

Several musculoskeletal conditions can present with shoulder pain including general wear and tear to arthritis. Ignoring the pain can result in aggravation of the condition over time.

Homeopathy offers a wide range of treatment options that can result in a complete cure of the condition or relief from the troubling symptoms.

Contrary to misconceptions regarding its efficacy and speed of action, homeopathy has proven to be a safe, fast-acting and effective treatment for several musculoskeletal conditions. It is free from side effects and can be taken concurrently with allopathic medicines.

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