Ankylosing Spondylitis is an inflammatory joint disease affecting the sacroiliac joint and spine. The sacroiliac joint or (SI joint) is the joint found between the two bones of the pelvis – sacrum and the ilium bones. It is present on either side of the pelvis. Long-term inflammation eventually results in fusion of the vertebra in the spine, making it rigid and inflexible. Homeopathic medicine for ankylosing spondylitis like Aesculus shows a marked affinity to treat diseases affecting sacroiliac joints, sacrum, and hips.
Cause Of Ankylosing Spondylitis
The exact cause of ankylosing spondylitis is yet not known. Ankylosing spondylitis is considered to be an autoimmune disease. A particular gene (gene HLA–B27) is thought to be linked with the development of ankylosing spondylitis. A person having HLA–B27 positive is considered at high risk to develop ankylosing spondylitis but not all the persons having this gene develop ankylosing spondylitis. This disease starts in between 20 – 30 yrs of age. Males are more affected with ankylosing spondylitis as compared to females. A family history of this disease can also increase the chances of a person developing it.
Symptoms Of Ankylosing Spondylitis
The primary early symptom of ankylosing spondylitis is pain and stiffness in lower back and hip region. This pain and stiffness mostly are worse during the early morning hours. Pain and stiffness usually improve after physical activity. The disease starts at the sacroiliac joints and then ascends up the spine gradually till neck. When the disease begins before the age of 18 years, it can show its beginning in knee or ankle joint. Ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic disease. It may affect eyes, heart, and lungs in varying cases In advanced stages the vertebras fuse leading to a rigid spine known as bamboo spine.
Homeopathic Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Homeopathic medicines are very effective in treating Ankylosing Spondylitis. In early stages of ankylosing spondylitis homeopathic medicines highly satisfactory results as compared to advanced stages where spinal joints have become permanently fixed. Homeopathic medicines help in reducing the pain and stiffness in ankylosing spondylitis. Homeopathy cannot revert the permanent fusion of bones, but symptomatic management can be done at its best with homeopathic medicines. The homeopathic medicines that are considered to be the most effective in treating ankylosing spondylitis are – Aesculus, Kalmia, Rhus Tox, Agaricus, Cimicifuga and Bryonia as per the indications of the symptoms presented.
Homeopathic Medicines for Ankylosing Spondylitis
Aesculus – Top Grade Homeopathic Medicine For Ankylosing Spondylitis
Aesculus is the top grade homeopathic medicine for ankylosing spondylitis. In the course of clinical practice, homeopathic medicine Aesculus gives great results in the treatment of this problem. Aesculus shows a marked affinity to treat diseases affecting sacroiliac joints, sacrum, and hips. The most characteristic indication to use Aesculus is intense pain and stiffness in the lumbosacral region and hips. This pain may radiate down the thighs. The pains may be of aching, sore or tearing nature. A person may experience worsening of symptoms like pain and stiffness during motions like walking, stooping or rising from the seat. The person needing Aesculus may also complain much rigidity with pain in back giving sensation as if it would break.
Rhus Tox – Excellent Homeopathic Medicine For Ankylosing Spondylitis With Pain and Extreme Stiffness In Lumbo Sacral region
Rhus Tox is another homeopathic medicine that has shown highly satisfactory results in cases of ankylosing spondylitis. Rhus Tox is one of the majorly indicated homeopathic medicines for ankylosing spondylitis with pain in the lumbosacral region attended with extreme stiffness. The pain and stiffness here are most marked when at rest. Walking seems to decrease the intensity of symptoms. Rhus Tox is also useful for back pain worse in bed resulting in constant movement and restlessness in bed. Another valuable sign for selecting Rhus Tox is back pain better by resting on something hard or from pressure. Cases, where the lumbosacral pains are worse upon sitting, are also treated well with Rhus Tox.
Kalmia – Homeopathic Medicine For Ankylosing Spondylitis With Radiating Pains Downwards
Kalmia is next homeopathic medicine that has helped successfully treat a number of ankylosing spondylitis cases. The most prominent symptom of using Kalmia is a pain in the back or neck that radiates in a downward direction. The pains are mostly of shooting nature. Pain from the back often radiates down the thighs, and that of neck radiates down the arms and hands. The pain may be attended with numbness, tingling or weakness in the affected area. The pains are worse from exertion. Along with pain, lameness in the back may also be felt. Another characteristic indication for using Kalmia is shifting pains from one part to other.
Agaricus – Homeopathic Medicine For Ankylosing Spondylitis With Intensely Sensitive Spine
Agaricus is one of the best homeopathic medicines for ankylosing spondylitis when the spine is highly sensitive. The most highlighting symptom for using Agaricus is pain and stiffness in the spine with marked sensitivity and tenderness. Here every vertebra of the spine is sensitive to touch. Morning aggravation of spine sensitivity may often be present. The pain in spinal back gets worse from any motion of the body. The back is also highly rigid as a board. Another important symptom for using Agaricus is shooting and burning pains in the back. A peculiar sensation in the spine as if pricked by hot or cold needles may also be present. Worsening of pain in back in the cold/open air also calls for the use of Agaricus.
Cimicifuga – Homeopathic Medicine For Ankylosing Spondylitis With Intense Pain and Stiffness In Neck
Cimicifuga is one of the highly suitable homeopathic medicines for ankylosing spondylitis with pain and stiffness that is highly marked in the neck. The symptoms for using Cimicifuga include pain in the neck, contracted feeling in cervical spine, stiffness, and rigidity in the neck area. Along with these symptoms, the neck may also show high sensitivity. The pain in the neck may show aggravation from pressure. In some cases, the neck pain may be specific, like electric-shock of pain.
Bryonia – Homeopathic Medicine For Ankylosing Spondylitis When Pains Are Better From Rest
Bryonia is a well-indicated homeopathic medicine for ankylosing spondylitis. It gives most remarkable results when pains from ankylosing spondylitis are better from rest. The pain may appear in any part of back either neck or the lower back. The person requiring Bryonia complains of pain in the back which gets worse from slight motion, walking, standing, sitting or when turning in bed. Absolute rest seems to relieve the pain in the back. Along with pain, stiffness in the back may also be present.