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An ache is a continuing chronic pain, as distinguished from a sudden pain, a spasmodic pain or a twinge. It may be of dull or severe intensity, and may last for a significant length of time. An ache is itself a symptom of many conditions.

Among the different types of aches are the backache, bone ache, earache, muscle ache, stomach ache and toothache.

Treatment may include mild painkillers such as aspirin, rest, heating the affected area, and/or any of several other ways to relieve tension and improve blood flow to the affected area.


Aches are caused by many factors, including cerebral allergy.

Muscle ache
Excessive exercise

Stomach ache
Eating too fast
Eating too much

Dental caries

Signs & Symptoms

An ache itself is always a symptom of another condition. Its diagnosis usually requires an understanding of the difference between it and other similar terms.

Nutritional Supplements

General Supplements

Bioflavonoids 500 - 1,000 mg 200 - 500 mg
Calcium 600 - 1,000 mg 300 - 500 mg
DLPA1,000 - 2,000 mg 200 - 500 mg
Magnesium 300 - 600 mg 100 - 300 mg
Vitamin C2,000 - 6,000 mg 500 - 2,000 mg

* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.


All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Aches in the bones and joints can be due to deficiencies in vitamin A and/or vitamin C. These symptoms are readily reversible with the appropriate supplementation.

Excess vitamin D can cause joint aches.

If aches are caused by cerebral allergy, an Elimination Diet is recommended.

Homeopathic Remedy

1.* Rhus Toxicodendron- 15C to 100M
2.* Glonoinum tinct.- 15C to 100M
3. Abies nigra- 15C to 1 M
4. Bryonia alba tinct.- 12X to 15C
5. Belladonna tinct.- 15C

Advanced , symptoms:

1. Abies nigra - ache particularly in bones, back, or stomach.
2. Arnica- pain resulting from trauma, sore to the touch.
3. Bryonia alba tinct.- muscle ache, abdominal ache, hot swollen joints.
4. Causticum- stiff neck or jaw, after exposure to the cold.
5. Pulsatilla nigricans- nondescript pain, emotional weeping.
6. Rhus Toxicodendron- stiff, achy especially in the morning.
Also "restless legs".
7. Ruta graveolens tinct.- pain in the periosteum or tendon.

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.


X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency
Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


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Herbal Approaches




Capsicum gel

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

"Aches & Pains":

Pine EssenceTerebinth Essence


Chamomile Essence,
Geranium Essence,

Rheumatic pains:

Cajeput Essence,
Coriander Essence,
Eucalyptus Essence,
Garlic Essence,
Ginger Essence,
Lavender Essence,
Marjoram Essence,
Nutmeg Essence,
Tarragon Essence,

Related Health Conditions




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