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Homeopathy for Synovitis

Homeopathic medicine for Synovitis
Written by Dr. Manish Bhatia

Synovitis is infection and inflammation of the synovial membranes that line the joints. It is a major problem in rheumatoid arthritis, in juvenile arthritis, and in lupus. It may also be associated with rheumatic fever, tuberculosis, or gout.

Are you looking for a homeopathic cure for synovitis? This article discusses the homeopathy treatment of synovitis along with the best homeopathic medicine for synovitis treatment.

Synovitis is infection and inflammation of the synovial membranes that line the joints. It results from the homeopathic medicine for synovitisaccumulation of fluid in the joint in an amount in excess of that normally produced by the lining membrane for lubrication of the joint. Synovitis usually is painful, particularly in motion, and is caused in the most part by distension of the joint capsule.

Synovitis is a major problem in rheumatoid arthritis, in juvenile arthritis, in lupus, and in psoriatic arthritis. It may also be associated with rheumatic fever, tuberculosis, trauma, or gout.

Rheumatoid arthritis involves synovitis. In rheumatoid arthritis, the synovial membrane lining the joint becomes inflamed. The cells in the membrane divide and grow and inflammatory cells come into the joint from other parts of the body.

Homeopathic treatment for Synovitis

homeopathy medicine for synovitis

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat synovitis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat synovitis that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.  For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of synovitis:

Apis Mel – useful for cases of Synovitis; pain in joints accompanied by stinging, soreness, and swelling. This apis mellifica homeopathic medicine for synovitisremedy produces a perfect picture of synovitis, especially of the knee joint; there are sharp lancinating, stinging pains shooting through the joint and aggravation from the slightest motion. There is effusion into the joint, a so-called white swelling, and the pains are relieved by cold application. It corresponds especially to scrofulous conditions. The skin around the joints are rosy, light red color. Joint pain gets better when cold is applied and worse when heat is applied. The joints are stiff and painful when pressure is applied. There may be edema and swelling of the tissue around the joints. Apis usually does not affect the joint itself, but helps the tissues around the joint, like the synovium, ligaments, and tendons.

Iodine – This remedy follows Apis well, especially in scrofulous children with dropsy at the knee joint.

Ledum pal – one of the most important remedies for Synovitis; the pain in joints better when cold is applied andhomeopathic medicine for synovitis worse from any kind of motion; at night, or in a warm bed. Feeling of coldness on the surface of the joints. Edematous swelling especially of the knee joint; painful soles of the feet, on which the person is unable to step. Suits acute traumatic synovitis where there is an effusion into the joint; the parts are sensitive, the pains are aching and tearing with but little fever. It is especially adapted to sub-acute affections of the knee joint.

Rhus Tox – one of the best remedies for Synovitis; pain in joints, and muscles pain; symptoms become worse from sitting, after rising from a sitting position, and when person begins to move; continuous motion relieves the discomfort. The person is restless and often paces because of the pain, especially at night.

Warmth relieves the pain, and there is aggravation from cold, damp weather as well as from approaching storms.

The fibrous tissues around the joints and the sheathes around the muscles are most helped by this remedy; the joints may actually appear red and swollen.

Kali iodatum – This remedy in indicated by a spongy swelling of the joint, a feeling of heat inside the joint, and a gnawing boring pain, which is worse at night and accompanied with restlessness.

Bryonia alba – local inflammation of the joints; aggravation from slightest motion, pain and swelling do not shifthomeopathic medicine for synovitis at all or very slowly; parts very hot, dark or pale-red; swelling not confined to joints, streaking out in bones, aggravation evening and before midnight. Here the synovitic joint is pale red and tense, with sharp, stitching pains, greatly aggravated by motion and relieved by the warmth of the bed. It suits rheumatic or traumatic synovitis. It may be preceded by Aconite, which will come in for the intense systemic fever, especially if occurring in strong, healthy constitutions, or by Belladonna when the pains are severe and sudden, attended with a hot, dry skin and much redness and swelling.

Causticum – affected joints feel stiff; burning sensation in joints, tension in knees; lying on them makes them feel sore; tearing pain in limbs; pain is worse from cold and relieved by warmth, especially heat of the bed. Restless at night; ankles are also weak. This remedy has prominent swelling of the joints, which show fluctuation and indolency. There is stiffness of the joints and a tendency to hydroarthrosis.

Colchicum – great remedy for Synovitis symptoms; affected parts are swollen, dark red, and there is a sharp pain down the left arm; inflammation of the great toe and in the heel, cannot bear to have it touched or moved; knees strike together; can hardly walk due to swelling and coldness of the legs and feet.

Sulphur – Is especially useful in strumous patients when exudation has taken place. It is particularly useful when the knee is affected, and it comes in after Apis and Bryonia.

Pulsatilla – This remedy suits gouty, rheumatic or blenorrhagic synovitis; the joints are swollen , with sharp, stinging pains, which force the patient to move the part. There is a feeling of deep soreness, as of sub-cutaneous ulceration.

Mercurius – This remedy suits syphilitic or strumous synovitis, with tendency to complete destruction of the joint. The general symptoms will indicate the remedy, such as aggravation at night, profuse sweating, feeling of coldness and chilliness, restlessness, a threatening suppuration and the characteristic cachexia.

Calcarea carbonica – This remedy will be needed in scrofulous children to correct the cachexia in those who are characteristically Calcarea children.

Factors that causes Synovitis

  1. Caused by wound or injury such as strain or sprain. In numerous sports, the knee is the most frequently injured. The knee was not designed for football, soccer, and other violent sports.
  2. People hurt their knees over exercising
  3. An old injury can act up, causing inflammation
  4. Fluid accumulates around the knee capsule, the joints swollen, tender, painful, and motion is restricted.
  5. One out or every three automobile injuries is an injury to the knee. Other hazards to the knee include climbing stairs, scrubbing floors, and slippery sidewalks.
  6. Body weight is a major contributor to knee problems.
  7. Other causes of Synovitis may include hormonal or nervous system disorder, bacterial or viral infection from illness such as rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, TB, and other disorders.

Symptoms of Synovitis

Because of the mass of inflammatory cells in rheumatoid arthritis, the joint appears swollen and feels puffy or boggy to the touch. The increased blood flow that is a feature of the inflammation makes the joint warm. The cells release enzymes into the joint space which causes further pain and irritation. If the process continues for years, the enzymes may gradually digest the cartilage and bone of the joint leading to chronic pain and degenerative changes.

Diagnosis of Synovitis

X-ray or imaging procedures such as a computed Tomography scan or MRI, used to help diagnose Synovitis, primarily to rule out other potential causes of the symptoms.


Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 14th ed, McGraw-Hill

Davidson’s Principles and Practise of Medicine, 17th ed, 1996, Churchill Livingstone

New Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory, William Boericke, 2nd revised ed., 2001, B. Jain

The above information about homeopathy treatment of Synovitis is only for information purpose. Please consult a professional homeopath before taking any homeopathic medicine for Synovitis.

About the author

Dr. Manish Bhatia

- BCA, M.Sc Homeopathy (UK), CICH (Greece), MD (Hom)
- Associate Professor, Organon & Homeopathic Philosophy, SKH Medical College, Jaipur
- Founder Director of Hpathy.com
- Editor, Homeopathy for Everyone
- Co-author - Homeopathy and Mental Health Care: Integrative Practice, Principles and Research
- Author - Lectures on Organon of Medicine vol 1, 2, 3. CCH Approved. (English, German, Bulgarian)
- Awardee - Raja Pajwan Dev Award for Excellence in the Field of Medicine; APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Excellence in Homeopathy Education
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