The Efficacy of Homoeopathic Medicines in Management of Osteoarthritis with the help of Repertories

The Efficacy of Homoeopathic Medicines in Management of Osteoarthritis with the help of Repertories

Dr. Atul Kumar Singh, Dr. Ashok Bhinda, Dr. Ajay Meena

1Principal, Professor in Dept. of Organon of Medicine, Dr. M.P.K. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre,  Homoeopathy University – Jaipur, Raj. (India),

2Professor in Dept. of Repertory,

Dr. M.P.K. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre,  Homoeopathy University – Jaipur, Raj. (India),

3Senior Research Fellow (Homoeopathy),

Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy,
Dr. M.P.K. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Station Road, Jaipur – 302 006, Raj. (India),

Address for correspondence

Dr. Atul Kumar Singh

Dr. M.P.K. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre,  Homoeopathy University – Jaipur, Raj. (India),

ABSTRACT

Back Ground-

Osteoarthritis is the result of mechanical and biological phenomena that disrupt the equilibrium between the synthesis and degradation of cartilage, subchondral bone and all of the connective tissues of the joint (synovium, ligaments, tendons, muscles, etc.). Homoeopathic treatment for osteoarthritis gives very good and effective results.

Objectives-

  1. To establish the role of Repertories in cases of Osteoarthritis. Special emphasis on general repertories.
  2. To analyze the Miasmatic concept in cases of Osteoarthritis.
  3. To understand the Efficacy of Homoeopathic Medicines in Management of Osteoarthritis.

Method-

50 patients were taken up for this study after being diagnosed to have osteoarthritis with the help of complete history and clinical examination of patients and performing absolute laboratory investigation (X ray) and managed with Homoeopathic remedies.

Results-

Out of 50 patients studied, the age group between 60 – 69 years had maximum number of cases i.e. 16 cases (32%), maximum cases were female patients i.e. 27 cases (54%), maximum cases were observed of knee OA i.e. 35 cases (70%) & Maximum cases of Osteoarthritis are of Sycotic i.e.14 cases (28%).

Conclusion

The findings of this study concluded that 66% of the cases responded well to the indicated Homoeopathic Similimum. This study proved the usefulness of general repertories in the management of Osteoarthritis.

Key word

Osteoarthritis, Basic general repertories i.e. Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocket Book, Kent’s Repertory, Boger Boenninghausen’s Characteristics Materia Medica & Repertory, Alfred Pulford Clinical Regional repertory.

Introduction             

“ Osteoarthritis “  is  derived  from  the  Greek  word   “osteo”,  meaning  “of   the  bone”, “arthro”, meaning  “joint”,  and  “itis”,  meaning   inflammation,  although  many suffer  little  or  no  inflammation. Osteoarthritis  (OA,  osteoarthrosis)  is  by  far  the  most  common  form  of  arthritis.  It  shows  a  strong  association  with  ageing  and  is  a  major  cause  of  pain  &  disability  in  the  elderly.  Pathologically,  it  may  be  defined  as  a  condition  of  synovial  joints  characterized  by  focal  loss  of  articular  hyaline  cartilage  with  proliferation  of  new  bone  and  remodeling  of  joint  contour.  Inflammation  is  not  a  prominent  feature. OA  preferentially  targets  only  certain  small  &  large  joints, but  is  not  a  disease  or  a  single  condition. It  is  best  viewed  as  the  dynamic  repair  process  of  synovial  joints  that  may  be  triggered  by  a  variety  of   insults, some  but  not  all  of  which  result  in  symptomatic  ‘joint  failure’.[21] In  India  OA  affects  over  70  million  individuals. The  prevalence  of  OA  is  same  in  men  and  women  aged  45-55  years. After  55  years  of  age, women  become  more  prone  to develop  OA. The  knee  and  hip  are  the  principal  large  joints  affected  and  the  principal  sites  of  significant  disability. Knee  OA  is  more  prevalent  than  hip  OA, but  taken  together  they  affect  10-25%  of  those  aged  over  65  years.[