Some years ago I had torn a ligament in my right knee. As I occasionally try to challenge myself with a new skill or knowledge, I had joined a 0-5km running group. After a couple of weeks, to my great frustration, the pain in my knee returned. It was worse for the first movement, whether when getting out of bed in the morning, or when getting up from after sitting for a while. It would taper off with gentle walking but then worsen again. It definitely felt better for dry heat. I was restless yet stiff and my mood was deteriorating. All those symptoms pointed towards the remedy Rhus Toxicodendron.
In my frustration, I had penned the following poem,
There is something very wrong with my right knee
I cannot get an early appointment with the GP
I wanted to run, I want to walk
But the pain is so bad I can hardly talk
The angrier I get, the worse my knee becomes
What is it about this connection I don’t get
Too painful to exercise so I eat and get stressed
But the less I do the more I get depressed
In desperation I take myself off
to consult my compassionate homeopath
She listens and explains the connections
between my pains and my emotions
Finally it all becomes clear
Of course it is not as bad as I fear
A bit of Arnica and some doses of Rhus Tox
It really helps that she thinks outside the box
It’s not only her manner that is calm and reassuring
Those homeopathic remedies are the solution to my curing.
As with all our remedies, Rhus Toxicondendron can be indicated in a wide range of conditions when the symptoms match.
Some characteristic symptoms:
- Internal restlessness
- Stiffness, both mental as well as physical
- Feel worse for cold & damp weather, getting wet
- Feel worse at first motion, better continued gentle motion
- Apprehension, worse after midnight
- Thirsty for cold drinks and feel better for hot drinks
- Desire to stretch during sciatica, backache or rheumatic pains
- Burning and itching herpetic eruptions that are better for heat, hot water
Your mental, emotional and physical symptoms are individual and as such the remedy will be chosen according to your characteristic symptoms.
The beauty of homeopathy is that it is holistic, non-toxic, not addictive and safe for anyone to use including in pregnancy.