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Rhus Toxicodendron

Rhus Toxicodendron

#1 for Joint Stiffness & Pain • Irritations • Rashes & Common Hives • Pain Improves with Motion

Rhus is #1 for helping the body relieve various joint symptoms: stiff achy joints, minor arthritic stiffness, backache and related pains that need gentle motion. Rhus can soothe a range of skin symptoms: blistering itchy rashes, common hives, acne, eye irritations; as well as symptoms of tickling coughs, restlessness, nervous fatigue and headaches. Rhus applies best when symptoms improve with heat and motion and worsen at night, while sitting still, and in damp cold weather.

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Rhus toxicodendron (poison oak)

Insights from the Experts:

Though applied more often on the basis of its pains and irritation, Rhus does have constitutional elements that increase its applications for certain individuals. Here are a few insights: Mentals for Rhus tox: “Joking, restless, cheerful patients. Mind restless; jumps from subject to subject. Irritability. Impatience. Hurried... Timid. Self-conscious...Superstitious; ritualistic; fixed ideas. Compulsive disorder.” –Roger Morrison, Desktop Guide

Though not exclusive, an interesting tidbit: “Apprehension at night... Has to be on guard [e.g. on account of unpredictable behaviour of husband - ‘I have found that the wife of an alcoholic usually requires Rhus tox’.” – Frans Vermeulen, Synoptic Materia Medica

On Comparison: The Most Common Singles for Joint Pain Arnica - Reduces initial swelling and bruising after twists, sprains and other trauma. ARNM Berberis vulg - Sharp sudden radiating pain (arthritic, sciatic..). BERB Bryonia - Swollen or stiff joints & backs that feel worse with any movement. BRYA Apis - Burning, shiny, puffy joints with burning sensations. APIS Caulophyllum - Irregular shifting pains in small joints– fingers and toes... CAUL Causticum - Stiff hot neck, back or joints, foot and toe cramps. CAUS Ledum pal - Repeat ankle sprains or joint pains that start in the feet, better for cold. LEDM Rhus tox - #1 for red irritations, minor arthritic stiffness and sprains that improve with motion. RHUT Ruta grav - #1 sprains, strains and repeated injury traumas, including forms of carpal tunnel and tennis elbow. RUTA

Excerpt from The Materia Medica - Boericki -