Homeopathic Remedies for Osteoporosis
Also indexed as: Brittle Bone Disease
Many factors can contribute to osteoporosis, including the aging process (especially in
women after menopause), inadequate exercise, dietary errors or deficiencies, and effects of
certain drugs. Homeopathic remedies will not reverse existing bone loss, but can bring the
body into better balance and help its minerals and nutrients be used efficiently. Remedies are
also helpful for aching bones and prevention or healing of fractures.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also
“Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance” in What Is Homeopathy?
Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is often helpful to individuals who are easily tired
by exertion and tend to feel anxious and overwhelmed from work or stress. The person may be
chilly, flabby or overweight, and feel worse from cold and dampness. Back pain, swollen
joints, and a sweaty head at night are often seen. People who need this remedy often have
strong cravings for both eggs and sweets.
Calcarea phosphorica: Stiffness, soreness, and weakness of the bones and joints
often are experienced by those who need this remedy. Aching in the bones of the neck, upper
back, and hips can be distressing. Deep tiredness frequently is felt, especially after
exercise. Calcium deposits and bone-spurs may develop, even while general bone-loss is taking
place, and fractures may be slow to heal. A feeling of dissatisfaction and a strong desire for
travel or a change of circumstances are often seen in people who need Calcarea
Phosphorus: This remedy is often helpful to people who are sensitive, suggestible,
imaginative, but easily tired or weakened physically. Bones may be less strong than normal, or
be slow to heal after fractures. Weakness is often felt in the spine, with burning pain
between the shoulder blades. People who need this remedy are often tall and thin with an
easily-flushing face. A desire for refreshing foods (especially ice cream) and strong thirst
for cold or carbonated drinks are other indications for Phosphorus.
Silicea (also called Silica): People who need this remedy are often nervous, easily
tired, very chilly, and tend to sweat at night. They have a refined or delicate appearance,
and often have weakness in the spine. Their injuries are slow to heal, and they tend to have a
low resistance to infection. Moderate exercise often warms the person up and improves
Symphytum: When osteoporosis is a problem, fractures often occur from mild trauma.
This remedy can be useful for strengthening and healing bones when new fractures occur, and
also helpful when pain persists in old, healed fractures.
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.