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Homeopathy can often provide relief from
the unpredictable, sometimes debilitating, aches and pains of
fibromyalgia. Nutritional supplements, dietary monitoring, special
types of exercise, and other natural approaches are also helpful and
may be used along with remedies.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arnica: This remedy is indicated when any body area feels
bruised and sore, after exertion, overuse of muscles, or injury.
Sometimes Arnica is enough to soothe a chronic condition;
often, other remedies follow Arnica.
Bryonia: A person who needs this remedy tries to stay as
still as possible, since even the slightest motion aggravates the
pain. People who need this remedy often feel extremely irritable and
grumpy, not wanting to be touched or interfered with. Warmth often
makes things worse and cool applications may be soothing. Pressure
on the painful parts (or lying on them) often helps, because it
Calcarea carbonica: Muscle soreness and weakness that are
worse from exertion, and worse from getting cold and damp, may be
relieved by this remedy. The person often is chilly with clammy
hands and feet, easily fatigued, and has a tendency to feel
overwhelmed and anxious. Cravings for sweets and eggs often confirm
the choice of this remedy.
Causticum: Soreness, weakness, and stiffness in the
muscles—worse from being cold and worse from overuse—suggests a
need for this remedy. The forearms often feel stiff, unsteady, and
very weak. The muscles of the legs can feel contracted and sore, and
the person may have restless legs at night. Problems tend to be
worse when the weather is dry, and better in rainy weather (although
getting wet aggravates the pain and stiffness). Warm applications
and warming up in bed often relieve discomfort.
Cimicifuga (also called Actae racemosa): People who need this
remedy are often energetic and talkative, becoming depressed or
fearful when physical problems trouble them. Soreness and stiffness
of muscles may be accompanied by shooting pains and are usually
aggravated by getting cold. The neck and spinal muscles can be very
tight, and the person may have headaches and other problems during
Kalmia latifolia: Severe pain in the muscles, extending
from higher areas to lower ones, often responds to this remedy.
Shooting pains may occur, along with stiffness, neuralgia, and
numbness or a cold sensation. Pains can come on suddenly, and often
shift around, being worse from motion and worse at night.
Ranunculus bulbosus: This remedy is often helpful with
fibrositis and muscle stiffness, especially when the neck and back
muscles are involved. Stabbing pains and soreness may be felt near
the spine and shoulder-blades, especially on the left. Problems may
be aggravated by cold damp weather, walking, and alcoholic
Rhus toxicodendron: If a person feels very restless, with
stiffness and soreness that find relief in warmth and motion, this
remedy should be considered. Problems are aggravated in cold, damp
weather. Stiffness and pain are worse on waking in the morning, and
after periods of rest.
Ruta graveolens: Tremendous stiffness of the muscles, with
lameness, pain, and weakness (especially after overuse) may be
soothed with this remedy. The legs and hips are sore and weak, and
the person may find it difficult to stand after sitting in a chair.
Muscles in the back and neck feel bruised, the tendons may be sore,
and the wrists and hands feel painful and contracted.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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