Frozen Shoulder

Who has had a Frozen Shoulder before?

Why He Couldn’t Raise His Arm to His Ear Without Pain?

My client consulted with me about his right shoulder pain and nagging back pain. Two weeks ago, after lifting some heavy furniture, he began experiencing pain on his upper back and right shoulder. My client said, he can lift and extend his arm straight out in front of him, like “Frankenstein”, but when he attempts to lift his arm higher, he has pain. He also stated he has pain when he reaches his arm back and turns the arm to close a door behind him. After asking him a few more questions, I selected the Homeopathic Remedy Sanguinaria Canadensis 30c in a Remedy Solution Bottle (RSB) with 30 succussions 3 time a day.

My client reported back three days later that his arm was a little better with Sanguinaria Canadensis. He’s now able to raise his arm, straight out in front of him (Frankenstein), slightly higher than before he felt pain in his upper back and shoulder area. I had my client continue taking Sanguinaria Canadensis 30c with 10 succussion 3 times a day.

A week later, my client called back saying, he was able to raise his arm a little higher than eye level, before he has pain. He also said, he’s able to reach his arm behind him and close the door with a little less pain. However, over the last few days, his upper back and shoulder are starting to hurt and he’s not able to raise his arm as high now. I explained the Sanguinaria Canadensis 30c is not strong enough to continue the healing process and we need to make the Homeopathic Remedy stronger. In order to make Sanguinaria Canadensis stronger, he needs to increase the succussions to 12 and continue taking it 3 times a day.

A week later, he called back telling how much better he’s feeling with increasing the succussions from 10 to 12. He stated, he does not have the upper back pain and he can now raise his arm out in front to almost reach something from the kitchen cabinet before he starts to feel pain in his right shoulder. He also reports reaching back and closing the door is much improved. I had my client continue taking Sanguinaria Canadensis 3 times a day with 12 succussions until he no longer has pain when he reaches his arm up to the top shelf of his kitchen cabinet and is able to close the door from behind without pain too.

Why Can’t You Raise Your Arm or Lift it Over Your Head?

There can be various reasons why you can’t raise your arm or lift it up over your head such as an injury from repetitive movement (i.e., sports, job), Frozen Shoulder, torn Rotator Cuff.

Symptoms You May have When You Can’t Raise Your Arm

  • Pain or aching in the top and outer side of your shoulder
  • Stiffness in shoulder area
  • Pain worsening or increasing while lifting your arm
  • Pain during sleep
  • A weakness in your arm


How Do You Select a Homeopathic Remedy for Your Frozen Shoulder?

First you want to write down the symptoms you are experiencing with your Frozen Shoulder before you start looking for a Homeopathic Remedy. The following criteria will help you select the correct Homeopathic Remedy:

  • Location of pain or symptoms of your Frozen Shoulder
  • Type of pain or sensation: Dull achy pain, sharp, stiffness
  • What makes the symptoms feel better or worse:  From movement, heat, cold, massage, pressure, nighttime
  • What happened that caused the Frozen Shoulder:  Stroke, broken arm, Rotator Cuff injury, surgery, Diabetes, Heart disease, under or overactive thyroid, Parkinson’s disease, Tuberculosis


What Role did Scar Tissue have in Preventing Him from Raising His Arm?

A few years back, I had a client consult with me about not being able raise his arm to reach objects on the dining room table. He told me a couple of months ago he had surgery on his shoulder for a torn Rotator Cuff. Back then doctors didn’t always prescribe Physical Therapy after a surgery. The doctors gave the patient a few exercises for them to do on their own. My client’s doctor is now saying he needs to go to Physical Therapy to break down the scar tissue he developed from not continuing his shoulder exercises at home.

My client said he went to his first Physical Therapy session and it was brutal; he was in excruciating pain. He described his pain in the shoulder to be worse from movement. Stating the only way he felt better, was when he did not move his arm. After asking my client a few questions, I recommended two Homeopathic Remedies, Arnica Montana 1m and Bryonia Alba 1m to be taken in a Remedy Solution Bottle (RSB) with 10 succussion every hour until the pain started to improve. After backing off from the hourly Arnica 1m and Bryonia 1m doses, he will repeat the Homeopathic Remedies every 2-4 hours when the shoulder pain starts to increase. Each day he will continue to add an hour between the Arnica 1m and Bryonia 1m doses. As his shoulder pain improves with movement, he will continue to decrease the doses to only needing to take the Homeopathic Remedy 3 times a day (repeating the Remedies every 5-6 hours). I also had him take the Homeopathic Remedy Thiosinaminum 30c at bedtime with 10 succussions to help dissolve the scar tissue in his shoulder area.

My client called back five days later saying he is now taking Arnica 1m and Bryonia 1m with 10 succussions 3 times a day. The last two days his shoulder was in more pain when he moved it. However, yesterday and today he couldn’t wait to take the next dose of Arnica 1m and Bryonia 1m, because his shoulder was so painful. I had him increase the succussions on Arnica and Bryonia to 12 and continue taking it 3 times a day.

My client reported back a few days later stating he’s able to raise his arm to about ear level before experiencing pain. I told him to continue taking Arnica and Bryonia 3 times a day with 12 succussions until the pain subsides while raising his arm. I explained to him he will continue taking Thiosinaminum 30c for another month or so, until the scar tissue is completely dissolved.

I would have made a recommendation to take the Enzyme Serrapeptase to also help dissolve the scar tissue, but he had a Hernia procedure done a year ago. Serrapeptase helps dissolve scar tissue that is made from human or animal tissue (i.e., fat injections for cosmetic procedure), which could have dissolved the mesh the doctor put in to support the Hernia.

What are Common Homeopathic Remedies for Frozen Shoulder?

Take the recommend Homeopathic Remedies used in 30c or 200c. Give repeated doses of the selected Remedy throughout the day when the symptoms become more intense.

  • Baryta Carbonica – Is selected for shoulder pain that is worse when raising the arm.
  • Bryonia Alba – Your symptoms are worse from movement.
  • Causticum – Your symptoms are worse when extending the arm. The arm muscles feel better contracted.
  • Ferrum Metallicum – Has difficulty raising arm, especially the left arm/shoulder and when you put your arm behind you.
  • Rhus Toxicodendron – Is selected for symptoms that feel better with continued movement, heat, and massage.
  • Sanicula – Shoulder pain that is worse when you put your arm behind you.
  • Sanguinaria Canadensis Your symptoms worsen at night, raising arm and turning arm, especially right arm/shoulder.
  • Sepia Succus – Is selected for left sided Frozen Shoulder that has stiffness.
  • Thiosinaminum – Is selected to dissolve scar tissue. The thickened bands around the shoulder, especially when someone has had a Frozen Shoulder and has not been able to move the arm/shoulder for a long time.


Serrapeptase (Enzyme) – Helps dissolve scar tissue. Can take to help dissolve the thickened bands around the shoulder. Especially for someone that has had Frozen Shoulder and has not been moving the arm/shoulder. Do not use Serrapeptase if a Hernia repair was done with mesh (animal derived tissue) or cosmetic surgery with fat injections or facelift. Serrapeptase will dissolve the tissue.

I have seen Homeopathic Remedies help Frozen Shoulder pain, along with being able to start to move the shoulder again within 24-48 hours. Don’t suffer from a shoulder symptom, take a Homeopathic Remedy to address your shoulder symptoms.

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About the Author: Virangini Cindy

Virangini Cindy Rounsaville, C. Hom., is a homeopathic health consultant and educator who has been involved with homeopathy since the early 1980's. She has studied the field extensively with internationally known homeopath and author Dr. Robin Murphy, N.D., among others. She began teaching and consulting in 1983 and, along with her late father Louis Dion, C. Hom. began a homeopathic study group in Hunterdon County, NJ to help people learn and use homeopathy in their daily lives. Virangini Cindy works closely with medical doctors, chiropractors, and other homeopathic and holistic practitioners. She has incorporated Rasavidya Medical Astrology (different than regular astrology) into her practice as well. Having practiced QiGong since the 1980's, she uses medical QiGong poses alongside the medical astrology to help individuals with life issues and chakra balancing.