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Joint pain
Submitted by Richard

Pain in the knees, wrists, elbows, hips and other joints can arise from a number of different conditions, most commonly osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and sprains due to accident or incorrect exercising. If you suffer from persistently painful joints, you should consult your doctor.

Conventional treatment for joint pain includes painkilling or anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy and, in severe cases, surgery. Homeopathy, exercise, Chinese medicine and hydrotherapy are all natural therapies that may help to relieve discomfort.

Rhus toxicodendron For joint pain that becomes worse with resting, improves with sustained movement, is exacerbated by cold and damp conditions, and becomes better in a warm environment.

Nux vornica For joint pain that is accompanied by had temper, where symptoms are at their worst in the early morning and in the cold, but get better in the evening and in warm temperatures.

Bryonia For stiff, swollen joints that are more painful after movement and exposure to heat, and less painful after resting and exposure to cold.

Regular gentle exercise, such as swimming, is one of the best ways to keep your joints healthy and flexible. Even simple ankle and wrist circling while you are sitting at a table or desk can be helpful. If you suffer from arthritis, you should consult a physiotherapist for an individualized exercise programme.

Chinese medicine
A Chinese doctor will individually tailor your treatment - either herbs, acupuncture or both may be recommended.

Applying hot and cold compresses can help to increase circulation: use ice packs for joint pain that is hot or burning, hot towels for pain that is alleviated by warmth, and hot towels and ice packs alternately for general stiffness in your joints.