Objective: The objectives of the study were to clinically evaluate the role of Rhus toxicodendron, a homoeopathic medicine, in its various attenuations (Q, 30C, 200C, 1M) prescribed as a single medicine or with other homeopathic medicines for relieving the signs and symptoms of arthritic disorders and also to determine their useful potencies, frequency of administration and building up a new dose repetition protocol and guidelines for practice. Methods: It was a multi-centric, observational study carried out between the years 2016-2018. A total of 91 patients with arthritic disorder were selected according to the pre-defined parameters. The detailed case recording was done for each case and the patients were monitored for assessing the status of their condition according to the pre-defined criteria and the results were evaluated. Results: Out of the 91 patients, 78 patients improved in varying degrees with marked improvement seen in 34 patients, moderate in 27 patients and mild in 17 patients. No improvement was seen in 13 patients. Conclusion: Outcome of the study shows that homeopathic medicines are useful in managing arthritic disorders. However, further study with predefined laboratory and radiological investigation needs to be conducted. Other objectives of the study which included identifying the most useful potencies of Rhus toxicodendron and their frequency of administration could not be achieved. From the available results, a dose repetition observation has been provided and further study for new repetition protocol and guidelines is being formulated for conducting further trials.
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