Double, Double, Boil and Trouble: Treat Boils and Cystic Abscesses with Homeopathy

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

October 17th, 2013  |  60 Comments

boils and cystsInfected cysts and boils are essentially the same in that the infection is what calls our attention to the problem.

Hot, red, swollen, tender and screaming for attention.

Get to the dermatologist! No, to the surgeon! No, to ye olde witches! They know about boils and warts and all things yucky, right?

Stop! These kinds of infections can be addressed with a no-knife and no-toadstool protocol I learned in Calcutta beside the team of homeopathic physicians.

Drs. Prasanta and Pratip Banerji are the father-son team with whom I studied for nearly 6 weeks last January.  They call their method the Banerji Protocol.

But I call it simple, efficacious and empowering.

This is what I gleaned from my recordings in Calcutta. Pass this on to your friends and family.

Here is the Banerji  Protocol:

  •  Hepar sulph 6C mixed with (or taken together with) Belladonna 30C
    every 2 hours when the abscess is quite acute and if there is pain.

If the infection doesn’t begin to change within a reasonable amount of time, then consider the second line of medicines:

  •  Alternate between Hepar sulph 6C and Hypericum perf 200C mixed with Arsenicum album 3C, every 3 hours until greatly improved.

“This will regress the abscess quickly, in a much shorter time than surgery,” advises the Banerjis.

Does it work? I’ve taught this method to at least 10 people with this problem in the last few months and treated two members of my family, including our cat. The abscesses came to a head and ripened within a few days.

No eyes of newt and no lancing! Neat and tidy, these little remedies!

What generally follows is itching and complete resolution after about 7-10 days.

Here’s what you’ve gained by using this method instead of conventional medicines:

   1)  It works!
   2)  No need to surrender to an antibiotic. This is probably the most
significant advantage to homeopathy. Need I tell you why antibiotics are not a good choice in many settings?
   3)  No need for surgery.
   4)  Self empowerment. I actually rate this nearly as high as #2.
   5)  Low cost. The cost of these remedies is anywhere between $8-15 each and you’ll have enough to last for years.
   6)  Likelihood that the abscess will not return. Not because you’ve nuked it (as my kids would say), but because you’ve stimulated the response needed to finish the job.
   7)  It works! I know I said this before, but it bears repeating.

Now go ahead and tuck this protocol in a safe place. I’ll bet you’ll use it for a family member, yourself, a neighbor or a pet in the near future.

And when you do, be sure to tell your corner of the world how well it worked and send them other tips and tricks I’ve shared with you. This is how we keep homeopathy alive.

You never know when a boiling, bubbling event will come your way.



Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client’s choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't “treat” an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. In order to be treated or diagnosed, Joette believes that the advice of a holistic physician is in order.

To help support the free educational materials and activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my recommendations and/or link to any products or services from this blog.


60 Responses to “Double, Double, Boil and Trouble: Treat Boils and Cystic Abscesses with Homeopathy”

  1. gary says:

    I remember having a cystic abscess on my head. In our family we called them bumps of knowledge. It was not a problem when I had a full head of hair. But as the hair receded, well you can guess, they needed to be removed.

    I will never forget going on a special date to the Philharmonic with a bandage on my head the size of Lake Superior.

    I wished I had known these protocols then.

  2. Sue says:

    Will this protocol work to get rid of cysts that are not infected? My dog has a small sebaceous cyst. It does not appear to be inflamed but I would like to get rid of it.

  3. You weren’t kidding that you’ll use it in the near future! Shortly after reading this, my husband came to me and said, “I have this boil developing on the back of my finger…”

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Boils can be so painful and annoying. Thanks for this easy remedy!

  5. Liz says:

    Where do you purchase these remedies?

  6. Anup Sharma says:

    It can be cured by using single medicine given at a time, as described in classical homeopathy. All that is required is an appropriate case taking, Evaluation of symptoms, Selection of correct potency & dose of the similimum medicine.

  7. Kathe says:

    Would this work for a ganglion cyst as well? My uncle has one on his thumb near the nail. He gets it aspirated and it keeps coming back. Thanks.

  8. sha says:

    Good Morning,
    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! i get re-occurring cysts/boils on my thighs and cant wait to try this out next time i get one. Needless to say they have been not only painful but also very embarrassing. Is there a suggestion for anything i could take to try and prevent them? I do know that a clean diet helps greatly but has not completely rid me of them. again THANK YOU!

    • certainly a clean diet is a good plan, but that is likely not the problem if the diet is already fairly clean. the protocol i reference is one that can be used for the next round of infections and if used properly has a history of reducing the chance of a return appearance. however, if they indeed return, the protocol is right there again. each show is an opportunity to rid the underlying problem.

  9. Anna says:

    What if you have more of an internal cyst that is not infected or bothering you other than the fact that it exists. Do you use the same protocol?

  10. Another Elizabeth says:

    Would the approach be the same for styes? My neighbor came to me with a corker of a stye week before last. She used alternating hot and cold compresses and it eventually went away.

  11. Aimee says:

    My son has these types of erruptions from time to time on different parts of his body, I was not sure if they were just really pimples or boils, I will be sure to try this new remedy combination, it may help prevent future outbreaks too, how sweet.

  12. Jennifer says:

    would this work on what my dr. thinks is a nonreactive cyst due to shaving that is in my right upper breast quadrant/armpit area? it’s on the inside; not outside, not abscessing. i’ve had it for 5-7 years now and most of the time i don’t even notice it, but sometimes it is sore. (i’ve been having babies and breastfeeding every two years for the past 11 years) i have a health history of breast tumors/cancer from my mother and grandmother.

  13. Meghan says:

    This is great, but what about cysts that have hardened and aren’t painful anymore–just unsightly? I’ve got one on my cheek that’s really annoying, and it partially ruptured (under the skin–yuck!), after months of hot water, drawing salve applications, etc., but now it’s coming back! Help!

  14. Sandy Schrecengost says:

    I love and respect that you teach! Doing so is very empowering and generous, I might add. Thank you, Joette.

  15. Anne says:

    Thank you so much Joette! I’ve been working on this exact issue for a while now using naturopathy, but I probably needed the homeopathy to give it the last kick out of my system. I’ll be using the remedies soon!

  16. Rita Martin says:

    What about chronic cysts? I have one on my right shoulder (lateral) about T-5
    Should I just do “Alternate between Hepar sulph 6C and Hypericum perf 200C mixed with Arsenicum album 3C, every 3 hours until greatly improved.”
    Or are there chronic cyst RX?

    Thank You

  17. Thank you so much Joette. I so appreciate you. Have a lot of trouble with sebaceous cysts and will try it with them. Have had the cysts all removed only to have them return. Thank you!!

  18. Diane says:

    Would cystic acne fall into this category?

  19. Maureen Smith says:

    joette, Is this helpful with styes as well?

  20. Monika says:

    Does this same approach work for eye styes? Are boils and cysts basically the same as styes? I’ve had a stye for 2 weeks now and I have not seen improvement after many hot compresses and pulsatilla. Interestingly the 2nd week I hardly noticed it was there (no compresses no remedies) as I thought it was going away and now it is larger and painful.

  21. Annie says:

    Hi, I get cysts on under my lower eye lids a few times a year and they are an eyesore (pun intended) and they take a long time to heal, I have been to the eye doc but this last time I decided to fix this myself. I use over the counter neosporin and alternate with triple antibiotic – yes, not happy to do that, but compresses have not worked. I also the pulp of aloe that I have growing and that helps the most. I had less of a problem with this one I have now, but the cyst sack is still there although most of the infection has gone away. Will this method work on this kind of cyst? I have rosecea that causes this problem.

  22. Abby Odell says:

    When you say “mixed with,” what do you mean? Would you please give the specifics?

    Thank you.

    • In India, the 2 remedies are mixed together since they are often administered in alcohol. since its not as easy to find remedies in the US in that form, I’ve been either putting the 4 pills of one directly into the mouth and 4 pills of the other in within seconds of each other OR putting 4 pills of each into an ounce of water, allowing them to dissolve, give a stir to incorporate and taking in that mixture as one or two doses.

  23. Lizross33 says:

    Joette. Thank you for sharing these remedies. My son has had a boil on his tailbone for a couple of years. It has not gone away and becomes irritated and will weep when he works out especially when doing sit ups. As it is chronic would a protocol like this work in this situation.

  24. Meghan Doran says:

    Thanks for this post! What about cysts that have healed over, though–leaving only unsightly bumps? Not painful, just ugly. Is there anything to be done for them? Would you follow the same protocol?

  25. Carol says:

    Will these remedies work for sebaceous cysts? These are not infected, but still are sometimes painful. Per definition they are “a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material.”

    It would be so wonderful to find a homeopathic remedy for this – for me and so many of my friends.

    Thank you for all your wonderful teachings and information, Joette.

  26. Kathleen says:

    Joette, Thank you so much for all of your posts. I love reading and using homeopathy. Do you think this may help for bilateral ear infections? My poor dog has been suffering with them for about 8 months. There is some discharge etc. and we (the homeo vet and I) just cannot pin point a lasting cure.

  27. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I was actually reading the post when my daughter had a sudden issue and I was able to use my homeopathic knowledge to quickly help her and within a minute, she was back on track. (Issues like that in the past would go on for hours) Homeopathy amazes me and I appreciate you sharing so we can all be learning and applying. You never know when you’ll need a particular tidbit, so I mentally tuck all these bits away as you share. Thanks again!

  28. Coco-mint says:

    Thank you!

  29. Danielle says:

    Are these remedies safe for a 9 month old?

  30. Homeopathic remedies have a reputation for being able to be used for all ages…even newborns. But as always, be certain that you know that what you’re seeing are boils as they are less common in babies.

  31. Marie says:

    Would this also work with a pilonidal cyst? I have been fighting one for several years, now…

  32. DebbyBruck says:

    Dear Joette ~ Continue to provide the Banerji protocols for acute self care. If and when a situation arises, I will pop over here to find the answer. blessings, Debby

  33. Debby, i plan to share the Banerji Protocols with the world! as long as thy don’t mind. i’ll be out there teaching. thanks for your kind words. your work is pretty special too.

  34. BoilX says:

    I wouldn’t trust anything but this!! Great information here!

  35. Anna says:

    If a cyst has recently doubled in size and it sore to touch, can you assume it is infected? It is not visible, so it does not look red. I am not sure how else you would know it was infected.

  36. Jackie says:

    Joette! I need your help……I am trying this now on a painful quarter size cyst under my breast. You said to wait a reasonable amount of time How long is a reasonable amount of time and what should I be seeing? I did 3 doses last night two hours apart and today I have done two doses two hours apart. It is less painful, but no change other than that.

  37. Juan Paulo says:

    Thanks joette! but where can i purchase this medicine? I am from UAE. is it available in the pharmacy?

    • Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I am in Calcutta now. I have read in the newspaper about homeopathic pharmacies based here in India with outlets in UAE. If you are unable to locate, try purchasing these remedies online at Amazon.
      Good Luck

  38. gary says:

    Do you take the full dosage of 5 pills each time like the bottle says or are the number of pills you should take be different. I believe the silicia I have been trying says a dose is 5 pills. Thanks for clarifying.

  39. Ruhi says:

    Guys, Please help me!! I got a sebaceous cyst one good day. I am in acute pain. I do have a family history of it. I have already undergone two surgeries for this in the past I do not want to have another one now.
    My homeopath is not successful so far. I do not know what he is giving. Please help.

  40. Ruhi says:

    Rejoinder to my problem stated above:

    My cyst appeared a month back. The biopsy has confirmed it be a sebaceous cyst. It oozes a little bit. I am constantly having flashes of pain. Can not hold the pressure of even the softest pillow. It is at my lower back.. very very close to where I had a cyst 20 years back.

  41. Sarah Keller says:

    Thank you! I’m reading this late at night as I usually read your blogposts, and of course I don’t have the hepar sulph 6c potency on hand. In these instances, is it better to give the wrong potency so that treatment can start immediately? I just noticed my 3 year old’s inflamed boil before bed.

    • Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I usually use what I have on hand in a pinch, but when it comes to this particular condition, it is better to stay with the precise potency.

  42. Todd says:

    I was unable to find Hypericum Perf 200c but could find Hypericum Perf 6c Can I just take 33 of them?

  43. Anat says:

    I’m a faithful reader of your great posts. My dog has sebaceous cysts as a genetic trait of his breed. They usually grow big until they eventually burst. Since I only had Hepar Sulph 30c on hand from my kit, I gave it to him and in a few days(!) they are diminishing to my amazement. However, I was reading in Boericke’s materia medica that the lower potencies promote suppuration, while the higher ones abort it. So would aborting the cysts this way be a bad idea as they may come back? Is promoting suppuration better for inflamed cysts/boils only? I hope you can teach us the distinction here and I thank you in advance if you do so!

    • Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I know the passage of which you speak and the reason Boericke discusses this is because some cycts and infections should not be promoted to suppurate because of their location. For an infection that is on the surface (the skin) it makes sense to encourage it to release, but if it is in a deeper location, such as an internal organ, suppuration could be dangerous. It hasn’t anything to do with a return of the condition.

  44. Anat says:

    Thanks Joette for clarifying the reasoning for dosing! It appears then that using 30c for skin cysts (at least those not infected) may be a violation of the minimum dose but still does the work of getting rid of them…

    • Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’m not sure why you see that as a violation of the minimum dose. Potencies are as crucial as remedy choice and frequency.

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