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"My knees suddenly give way, which remedy?"

In the Repertory, there are hundreds of remedies for knee pain in arthritis and sometimes we can be guided by a particular symptom if it is causing significant issues and is uppermost in your overall case. There are only three remedies which are listed with this particular symptom of the knee suddenly giving way, they are Calc Fluor, Ruta, and Spongia. Let's take a closer look at them to see if they might fit your overall picture and be of help to you.


The frightening sensation of the knees suddenly giving way whilst walking, climbing stairs or standing can be attributed to various factors, such as weak ligaments, pain from inflammation in Arthritis, overexertion, or aging. Remembering in homeopathy that we always take into consideration the larger holistic picture, these three key homeopathic remedies—Calcarea Fluorica (Calc Fluor), Ruta Graveolens (Ruta), and Spongia Tosta (Spongia)—are particularly well known for their potential in supporting knee health.

Calc Fluor: Calc Fluor, a powerful tissue salt derived from calcium fluoride, is often indicated for conditions involving weak or lax ligaments and malnutrition of the bones. In cases where the ligaments supporting the knee joint are weakened, leading to a sensation of instability or knees giving way, Calc Fluor may be considered. It strengthens the connective tissues, including ligaments and tendons, thereby providing support to the knee joint. This remedy is especially valuable when the knee issues are associated with degenerative changes, synovial swellings, indurated enlargements, bursitis, fibroids in the hollow of the knee, easy dislocations, bone spurs and cracking in the joint. In the emotional picture we see depression, anxiety, indecision and fear of financial loss.

Ruta: Ruta is a homeopathic remedy derived from the herb common rue. It is known for its affinity for the connective tissues, including tendons and cartilage. Ruta is often recommended for cases of overexertion or strain after injury on the knee joint, leading to a feeling of weakness or instability. There is a bruised feeling , soreness, aching and great restlessness. It is beneficial in addressing pain and stiffness in the knee, especially when aggravated by movement. Ruta is considered when the knees feel as though they may give way on rising from a chair or ascending or descending stairs. In the emotional picture we may see intense lassitude, weakness, anxiety with restlessness and despair. Sometimes there is a persistent feeling as if 'he' had done something wrong.

Spongia Tosta: Spongia is derived from roasted sea sponge which contains iodine, liberated during the roasting process. It is commonly used in homeopathy for joint-related issues, heart disease and is a major remedy in Croup. In cases where the knee joints feel stiff, swollen, and painful, and there is difficulty rising from kneeling, Spongia may be considered. This remedy is thought to have a calming effect on inflammation, helping to alleviate discomfort and promote improved joint function. It is particularly useful when the knee issues are associated with a feeling of tightness or constriction and pains are worse for motion. Emotionally the Spongia picture is timid and anxious with indifference and fear of the future.

Treatment Considerations: While homeopathic remedies like Calc Fluor, Ruta, and Spongia can be beneficial in addressing knee issues, it's essential to approach treatment holistically. Lifestyle factors, such as maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, and good nutrition, should complement homeopathic interventions. Consultation with a qualified homeopathic practitioner is advisable to ensure an accurate assessment of your individual symptoms and to determine the most suitable remedy or combination of remedies within a long term treatment plan. Don't forget I offer a free discovery zoom session to answer any questions you may have.





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