Homeopathy Tips for 10/20/09 Bones

We all need good strong bones. They play a very important part of our anatomy.  Without healthy bones we cannot be as physically strong as we should. There are a few common conditions of the bone that homeopathy can help very much. Any medical term that has osteo as a part of it refers to the bones. Let’s explore our bones.

Bones have organic and inorganic compounds. It’s organic components include the cells, osteocytes, osteoblasts, and osteoclasts plus osteoid form about 35% of the bones compounds. Integral to this matrix is collagen which hold the bone together and helps gives it its strength and flexibility. Healthy bone is half as strong as steel in resisting compression and equal to steel in resisting tension.

Inorganic compounds make up the other 65% of bone. They are mainly calcium salts, most predominantly Calcium Phosphate. These salts form tiny crystals that are held together with the collagen and create density in bone. Because bone salts remain long after death we have many records of human history stored in the skeletons of our ancestors.

Bones need good nutrition as well as stress to create remodeling, a process that is always happening for bones. This process involves a negative feedback loop regulating calcium in the blood and a positive feedback loop responding to gravity and mechanical forces on the skeleton. These  processes are regulated by hormones and control bone deposition and resorption. It is this process that makes for healthy bones. Not all bones are changing at the same rate but some parts of  bones can completely regenerate in 5 to 6 months. Other areas take much longer.

Different conditions can effect the bone health and the most common is by mechanical force leading to broken bones. Homeopathy can help very much in this case. Here are a few rubrics and remedies to help with injuries and other conditions of the bone from the Complete 2009 and MurphysII Repertories;

  • Generalities; INJURIES, blows, falls and bruises; Fractures etc., bones; compound (20) ang., Anthr., ARN., Calc., Calen., con., crot-h., hep., hyper., iod., Lach., Petr., ph-ac., phos., puls., rhus-t., RUTA, sil., staph., symph.
  • Generalities; INJURIES, blows, falls and bruises; Fractures etc., bones; slow repair of broken bones (25) : anthr., asaf., CALC., Calc-f., CALC-P., calen., des-ac., Ferr., fl-ac., iod., lyc., mang., merc., Mez., nit-ac., Ph-ac., phos., puls., RUTA, sep., Sil., staph., sulph., SYMPH., Thyr.
  • Bones; INJURIES, bones, broken, fractured, bruised, blows etc.; ailments from (5) : calc., calc-p., hecla., ruta, symph.
  • Bones; INJURIES, bones, broken, fractured, bruised, blows etc.; slow healing of broken bones (23) : asaf., Calc., calc-f., Calc-p., 2calen., ferr., fl-ac., iod., lyc., mang., merc., mez., nit-ac., ph-ac., phos., puls., Ruta, sep., sil., staph., sulph., Symph., thyr.
  • Bones; INJURIES, bones, broken, fractured, bruised, blows etc.; union of fractures, to promote (10) : arn., asaf., Calc-p., calen., lyc., nit-ac., ruta, sil., sulph., Symph.

Another common condition in young people involves bone development. The most common is growing pains when a child is developing too rapidly. This can lead to pains of the long bones. Osgood-Schlatter disease is inflammation of the bone and cartilage at the top of the shinbone (tibia) caused by repetitive strain usually a result of  sport activity in adolescents. This is quite common in athletic children. Another condition caused by vitamin D and calcium deficiency in the diet is Rickets. This leads to a weakening of the long bones that cause them to curve or bow.

  • Bones; DEVELOPMENT, bones; imperfect (7) : calc., Calc-f., calc-p., hecla., sil., staph., symph.
  • Bones; DEVELOPMENT, bones; delayed (5) : bar-c., calc., calc-f., calc-p., sil.
  • Bones; DEVELOPMENT, bones; curvatures, with (4) : calc., calc-f., hecla., sil.
  • Bones; INFLAMMATION, bones, (46) : acon., ars., ars-i., asaf., aur., aur-m., bell., bry., Calc., chin., clem., coloc., con., cupr., dig., euph., Fl-ac., guai., hecla., hep., iod., kreos., lach., lac-ac., lyc., mag-m., mang., Merc., Mez., nat-c., nit-ac., Ph-ac., phos., phyt., plb., psor., Puls., rhus-t., sep., Sil., spig., Staph., sulph., symph., thuj., verat.
  • Generalities; GROWTH; Length, in, too fast (16) : BAC., Calc., Calc-p., ferr., ferr-acet., guai., hipp., iod., irid., kreos., nat-m., PH-AC., PHOS., rhus-t., sil., sulph.
  • Generalities; GROWTH; Affected, disorders of (43) : adlu., Agar., aloe, alum., Ant-c., arg., ars., astra-e., BAR-C., but-ac., Calc., Calc-f., CALC-P., carc., caust., cob-n., ferr., ferr-acet., fl-ac., graph., guai., ion-rad., Kali-s., lac-f., mag-c., mag-m., merc., nat-ar., nit-ac., ph-ac., Phos., pitu-a., puls., rad-br., rhus-t., sabad., sep., sil., staph., Sulph., thuj., Thyr., vip.B; Bones;
  • BONE spurs, (21) : arg., Aur., Aur-m., calc., Calc-f., crot-c., dulc., fl-ac., Hecla., kali-i., lap-a., maland., merc-c., mez., nit-ac., Phos., puls., rhus-t., ruta, Sil., sulph.

Other common bone conditions arising from middle age and continuing into old age are osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) and osteomalacia (softening of the bones) and necrosis (decay of bones). Here are some rubrics and remedies that may be helpful;

  • Generalities; SOFTENING; Bones (65) : allox., am-c., arg., arn., ASAF., aur., bac., Bell., bruc., bry., cadm., CALC., calc-f., Calc-i., calc-p., chlorpr., cic., con., conch., cortico., cortiso., dys-co., euph-pu., Ferr., Ferr-i., ferr-m., Ferr-p., fl-ac., Guai., hecla., Hep., iod., ip., Kali-i., Lac-c., Lyc., MERC., merc-c., Mez., Nit-ac., nux-m., nux-v., Ol-j., parathyr., petr., Ph-ac., Phos., pic-ac., pin-s., plb., Psor., Puls., rhod., rhus-t., Ruta, Sep., SIL., Staph., SULPH., SYMPH., syph., ther., thuj., thyr., verat.
  • Generalities; BRITTLE bones (28) : asaf., bani-c., bar-c., bufo, Calc., calc-f., calc-p., carc., cor-r., cupr., fl-ac., ion-rad., Lac-ac., lyc., Merc., osmu-r., par., ph-ac., phos., pip-n., psor., ruta, sel., SIL., staph., sulph., Symph., thuj.
  • Generalities; CRUMBLING, bones (29) : ars., asaf., aur., bell., calc., calc-p., con., dulc., ferr., guai., hep., Kali-c., lach., lyc., merc., mez., nit-ac., petr., ph-ac., phos., puls., rhod., rhus-t., ruta, sabin., sep., sil., staph., sulph.
  • Bones; DECAY, of bones, (76) : Ang., anthro., arg., arn., ars., Asaf., aur., aur-ar., aur-i., aur-m., Aur-m-n., bell., bry., calc., calc-f., calc-hp., calc-p., calc-s., caps., carb-ac., caust., chin., cinnam., cist., clem., con., cupr., dulc., euph., ferr., Fl-ac., graph., guai., guare., hecla., Hep., iod., kali-bi., Kali-i., kreos., lach., Lyc., mang., Merc., mez., nat-m., nit-ac., ol-j., op., petr., ph-ac., phos., psor., puls., rad-br., rhod., rhus-t., ruta, sabin., sal-ac., sec., sep., Sil., spong., Staph., stront-c., sulph., symph., syph., tarent., tell., ter., Ther., thuj., tub., tub-k.

It is readily apparent that because calcium is such an integral part of the bone matrix that all of the Calacarea remedies would be useful in bone disorders. There are many other remedies from all of the kingdoms that are useful as well. Here are a few of the most  common remedies for bone conditions and their indications;

  • Calcarea Carbonica – The chief representative of the Calcium compounds. Useful in all bone related disorders. Faulty development of bones. Open fontanelles. Curvature, rickets. Muscle and skin become lax. Patient grows fat or emaciated,  is not strong. Sweating easily. Complaints of the teeth. Development arrested, late to walk, talk. Dull lethargic children who do not want to play. Fears disease, misery, disaster, insanity,and of being observed. Fear of murder, fire, and rats.
  • Calcarea Flourica – Disperses bony growths. Deficient enamel of the teeth. Removes adhesion after surgery. Indurations of a stony hardness. Stiffness, weakness, fatigue all day. Sluggish temperament. Fear of poverty.
  • Calcarea Phosphorica – Affects nutrition of the bones and glands similar to Calc. Carb. Bones become soft, thin and brittle. Promotes ossification and the union of bones after fracture. Has a special affinity to the symphysis or where bones form sutures. Delicate, tall, thin children. Rickets. Growth too fast or slow. Dentition.
  • Eupatorium Perfoliatum – Aching and pain in the bones. Useful for pain after fracture or any other condition where pain is felt deep in the bones.
  • Flouric Acid – Destructiveness is the keynote of Flouric Acid. It produces caries or cavities of the bone, especially the long bones. Useful in destructive bone conditions of the aged. Broken down individuals. The patient always feels too hot. Syphilitic destruction of the bones. Increased muscular ability. Necrosis and decay of the bones.
  • Ruta Graveolens – Especially useful for connective tissues and the periosteum of the bone. Injured or bruised bones. Pains are bruised, aching with restlessness. As if a weight we hanging from the affected part. Bones brittle. Part lain on becomes sore. Deposits on the bone, periosteum, tendons about the joints especially wrists. The feeling that they are always being deceived.
  • Silica – Nutritional complaints due to imperfect assimilation. Softening of the bones. Caries, necrosis of the bones. Sensitive to noise, pain and cold; chilly hates drafts. Open fontanelles similar to Calc. Carb. Tendency to easy exhaustion and sweats. Malnutrition, development arrested, emaciation. Good remedy for teeth. The homeopathic scalpel, will cause removal of foreign objects from the body. Yielding. Child will cry when kindly spoken to. Very sensitive. Loss of confidence, dreads failure but unfounded.
  • Symphytum – Common name is Knit-Bone or Bone-Set. Painful injuries. Old injuries. Non-union of fractures. Prickly, stitching pains. Pains remain after wound has healed that are worse for touch. After amputation.

Use these rubrics and remedies as a guideline to study more about remedies for the bones. Aside from electro-stimulation there are not that many ways to help bones heal. Time is the best healer and this combined with good inspiration of the vital force can make bone healthy once again. Vitamin supplements, especially Vitamin D, Calcium and sunlight, can help maintain good bone health. Good nutrition through proper diet and exercise is the best preventative therapy. This and constitutional homeopathic prescribing will ensure good healthy bones. But should a condition  occur that requires help, homeopathy is the answer.

23 comments so far

  1. megha jain on

    thankyou 4for a very good and informative article

  2. ambikapatnaik on

    Really very informative article.Look forward to more useful writeups in future.

  3. iyke okpara on

    thanks for a wonderful and educational tips on Homeopathy. Keep it up

  4. Rhonda Majalca on

    As always your tips come at the right time. Client is coming in today after having a bone graph. Thank you for the great information. I will process this information along with the case.



  6. Monina on

    Thank You Robert for you always very helpful tips!


    Thank you very much for constructive information.

  8. Dr.A.M Howlader on

    Dear Dr.Robert,
    Thank you for ur very informative and instructive tips on the study of Bones.Bones are very important component of man and animal.Even our pets are some time become patient with bone injury and as physicians we are to look after them.The remedies along with symptoms shown here will go a long way to help us in treating bone related disease.Thank u again.

  9. ginni on

    You make the leg work easy xxxxxxxxxxxx

  10. K. Rajagopala Kurup. on

    In this case I may give one case.
    My wife 61 fell while descending the stairs, and cracked the thinner bone of her left leg.
    In about 2 hrs. her leg was plastered,and calcium supplemented by the Allopathic Dr. This happened on 24.09.09. She is Diabetic. Till 11/12 of oct. she was unable to put pressure on the leg due to her unendurable pain.
    She was given Symph. O. and Calc.phos 6X. 3 times and from the second day her pains reduced and stared trying to put pressure on the leg.
    At present she is doing everything of her own. Of course, the Allopathic Calcium supplement is continuing.
    Homeo is given only when felt its requirement.
    I feel the the couple has done a good job.
    A few days back I had told her that after adding homeo medicines , she started improving. In the next two pieces of Clc.phos she told me felt alopathic medicine in that!
    how do you like it?

  11. dharampal insan on

    Good morning sir,
    Basicaly i m a mechanical engr, bt now i m studying of aeronautical engg , bt in these days i feel that i cannot constrate if my mind in only study. my studying power very loss. i can do any physicaly work with very essy,no problem in any physicaly work, i m nox vom petient. age 28m. single.
    plz give me saggetion. thanks

  12. mah-jabeen on

    thanks, Robert you r a really helpful homeopth.

  13. Preetika on

    Thanks this article is really of great help.I have some queries regarding osteoarthritis and cases in which synovial fluid of the joints lessens to an extent that adjoining bones undergo friction, could you please suggest some rubrics relating to it.Thanks once again.

    • Robert on

      Hi Preetika,

      Here are some rubrics and remedies that may be applicable in arthritis; Good luck, Robert

      Extremities; ARTHRITIC nodosities (136) : 3Abrot., acet-ac., 4ACON., 3Aesc., agar., 4AGN., alco-s., alum., am-be., 3Am-c., am-m., 4AM-P., 3Ambr., 4ANT-C., ant-t., 4APIS, arg., 4ARN., 3Ars., 3Asaf., 3Aur., 3Aur-s., 3Benz., 4BENZ-AC., 3Berb., 3Beryl., borag., 3Brom., 4BRY., 2bufo, 4CALC., 4CALC-F., 3Calc-p., 3Calc-s., 3Calc-sil., calcul-r., caps., 3Carb-an., 3Carb-v., 4CAUL., 4CAUST., chin., chin-s., 3Cic., cimic., 3Clem., cocc., 3Colch., 3Con., croc., crot-h., 3Dig., 3Elaps, elat., elmen, 3Eucal., 4EUP-PER., fago., 3Form., franc., 4GRAPH., 4GUAI., 3Hecla., hed., 4HEP., ign., iod., kali-ar., kali-c., 3Kali-i., 3Kali-m., kali-n., kali-s., kali-sil., kreos., 3Lach., 4LED., 4LITH-C., 4LYC., m-art., mag-c., mag-m., mang., 3Med., 3Meny., 3Merc., mez., 3Morg., 3Mosch., mur-ac., 3Mut., nat-c., 3Nat-l., nat-m., nat-p., 3Nat-s., nat-uric., nit-ac., nux-m., 4NUX-V., olnd., 3Ox-ac., par., paraf., 4PETR., 3Ph-ac., phos., phyt., pipe., 3Plb., 3Puls., 3Ran-b., 4RAN-S., 4RHOD., 3Rhus-t., ruta, 4SABIN., 3Sars., 3Sep., 3Sil., squil., 4STAPH., 3Stel., 3Still., sul-ac., 4SUL-I., 4SULPH., 3Syc-co., tarax., thuj., tub., tub-r., urea, 3Urt-u., 4VERAT., 3Zinc.

      D; Diseases; ARTHRITIS, joints (40) : 3Acon., act-sp., 2ang., 3Apis, 2arn., 2aur., 3Bell., 3Bry., 2calc., 2caust., 2ferr-p., 2guai., hyper., 2iod., 3Kali-c., 2kali-i., 2kalm., 2kreos., 2lac-ac., lach., 3Led., lith-c., 2lyc., 2mang., meny., 2merc., 2nat-m., 2nat-s., 2phyt., 2psor., 2puls., 2rhod., 3Rhus-t., 2ruta, sabin., 2sars., 2sep., 3Sil., 2sulph., verat-v.

      D; Diseases; ARTHRITIS, joints; serous membranes (41) : 3Acon., am-c., 3Apis, apoc., arg., 3Ars., ars-i., asaf., 2aur., 2aur-m., bell., 3Bry., 3Calc., calc-p., 2carb-v., colch., ferr., fl-ac., 3Hell., indg., 2iod., 2kali-c., lach., 2led., 3Lyc., mag-m., 2merc., 2nat-m., 2ph-ac., 2phos., plat., 2psor., 2puls., samb., seneg., 3Sil., 2squil., 2stram., 2sulph., 2ter., zinc.

      D; Diseases; ARTHRITIS, joints; synovitis (19) : 2apis, bell., 2bry., calc., caust., ferr-p., iod., kali-c., kali-i., led., lyc., merc., phyt., puls., rhus-t., sep., sil., sulph., verat-v.

  14. mazhar J on

    Dear Sir
    I request some tips for bedside prescription in case of an acute pyrexia. It may be simple fever, an Intermittent fever, remittent fever. But the agony a fever brings to a patient is untold and patient needs some immediate relief from such agonising sufferings of fevers.Though fevers are not harmful or you may say it is for the benefit of the body. Inspite of all this, keeping fever under control is the wit of the therapeutic prudence.

    mazhar J

    • Robert on

      Hi Mazhar,
      I am working on a newsletter about fever right now. Hopefully next week I will send it out in the Homeopathy Tips newsletter.


    Thankyou for such informative article. I would like to share experiences in mhcdr. Rhustox 1m,Ruta g. 1m and Rhododendron 1m are given along with five phos 6x from SBL showed very good results in preventing bone diseases after a certain age.


  16. p.sharan on

    thanks.I was looking for these details.
    If possible,please provide details regarding teeth decay.

  17. Kumar Rajesh on

    thanks for educational and informative tips on homeopathy.

  18. dr.sanjay shelke on

    thanks a lot….if possible plz provide details about thyroid problems in male and female…..and also for details about hirsutism.

  19. Ruza on

    Dear Mr. Robert,

    Kindly give me some homeopathic tips on my left ankle bone which sometimes keeps swelling after walking. Also I find difficulty in wearing rubber slippers as pain increases and makes self difficult to walk.

    KIndly guide me on this matter.



  20. Celes on

    Dear Dr. Robert,

    Your article on Homeopathy tips for Bones is very informative and interesting. However, I have my own personal queries which I hope you will be able to enlighten me with your professional knowledge and experience.

    I have come to know about Omega-3 fish oil capsules which are great pain relievers. Do we have something similar remedie in Homoepathy which gives potential strength to the bones, kness whenever we face such problems on knees, ankles and when pain starts radiating over the whole body. I hope you will be kind enough to assist me either in writing or suggest some book article reading which can give me some useful remedies.

    Warm regards


  21. mahesh jagtap on

    Verry impotant information, thanks

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