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How I Cured My Fibromyalgia With One Simple Medicine

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

January 24th, 2016  |  42 Comments




Fibromyalgia doesn’t scare me. It used to, particularly when I suffered from it nearly 35 years ago.

But not anymore.

Actually, the fibrous pain I once had was not my most pressing complaint (though it certainly caused a drag in my day-to-day existence). Worse during certain times of the month and better during others, but pretty much omnipresent.

What changed, and why don’t I have it any longer?  

Well, I started to revise a few things.

First, I stopped taking analgesics, antibiotics and any other such baloney. But the real change appeared (which practically happened overnight) after I took a homeopathic medicine.

Which one?

And for how long?  

Hold your horses, Nellie, and give me a chance to expound a little so you know what I mean when I use the word ‘Fibromyalgia.’

Fibromyalgia is a condition that is accompanied by habitually debilitating fatigue and gut dysbiosis (which is often the underlying cause, along with anxiety, depression, chemical sensitivities, etc.)

In my case, the remedy I took worked so simply, so efficaciously, so thoroughly that it wasn’t long before I actually forgot all about the muscle tenderness and joint pains, and concentrated on all the other stuff I was left with.

It freed me to un-spool the bigger concerns: my gut.

So what was this remarkable remedy, you ask?

If you know any homeopathy at all, you’ll totally get this.

It’s the number one remedy for joint, muscle and oft chronic pain and tenderness:

Rhus Toxicodendron, or Rhus tox for short.

For myself, I used Rhus tox 200 twice daily for about a week, and that was all that was needed.

Just like that, my Fibromyalgia was gone.

Well, almost. My symptoms returned a few more times over the next several months, so I resumed the use of the remedy again until it was uprooted for good.

From then on, each time I experienced pain (and any other such accompanying features), it was less intense and shorter-lived.

Learn more about this phenomenon by listening to my podcast. (Why You  May be Disillusioned with Homeopathy)

Later I learned the Banerji Protocol Symphytum 200, mixed with Rhus tox 30 twice daily until better, and this is what I teach and use nowadays.  Click here to learn more.  (Should you be curious about these and want a refrigerator-ready Fibro-girl graphic, complete with homeopathic protocols, click here.)

But personally, I only used Rhus tox, and it was perfect.

My symptoms were never to present again after those few months.

In fact, never to present again ever.

Now, is this what I’m promising you?

Not necessarily. Everyone is different; certain drugs can interfere (even escalate) already existing issues. Diet, age, etc. will also influence the speed with which this, or any homeopathic remedy, will effectively act.

But what about all the other symptoms I suffered from?

Did they go away so quickly, too?

I’ll be honest. Food intolerances took more time to dissipate, and so did my fatigue.  

Once I learned how to treat my gut issues using diet, which proved to be years of a certain amount of futility (and later and finally, homeopathy), I felt like the locust who had finally shed its shell.

Along the way, I understood that my gut had something to do with my troubles.

Addressing that took another group of homeopathics to reverse the damage I had unwittingly caused.

(Should you be curious about these and want a refrigerator-ready Gut Graphic, complete with homeopathic protocols, click here.)Bad-Gut-Good-Gut-front

I commenced with avoiding antibiotics that I had depended upon for infections, birth control pills I imagined liberated women, steroids that gave me a false sense of comfort, and vaccines that I believed would protect me.

(Sometimes it’s hard to differentiate between the Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, which is why it’s so important to go beyond the “hood” to find your answers.)

As a rather famous cardiologist friend of my father’s, Dr. Jules Constant, once said, “The best way to find and establish health, is to get a disease and then figure out how to cure it yourself.”

So that is my message.

Think of your illness as a rite of passage.

Study ceaselessly until you find genuine answers.

In other words, ed-u-cate yourself!

Meanwhile, I’ll offer what I’ve learned after 35 years of upturning not only one, but every stone in the quarry to restore my own health, and that of thousands of others. (By the way, I never actually enjoyed really good health until I did this.)

I don’t believe we’re victims. I’d rather think of those who are seeking true health as Warriors.

Forgive me if that sounds trite.

It won’t if you understand that the only person who’s actually interested in your well-being is you (and maybe your mother!)

You must fend for yourself; get informed and go at it.

Julia Child is credited with saying, “Every woman should have a blowtorch.”

To that I say: Fire it up ladies!Joette passing the torch

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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.


42 thoughts on “How I Cured My Fibromyalgia With One Simple Medicine”

  1. Laurie says:

    Hi Joette, I really enjoyed your interview with Dr. Eric Z and I did vote for you. You are one of my favorite blogs and teachers. Once the exchange between Canada and the U.S goes down I am going to be signing up for Bad Gut, Good Gut.

  2. Meredith Thomas says:

    I can vouch for these remedies myself. thanks to the GGBG course, and other classes with you Joette, I have tracked down remedies like this and those in your little graphic for gut problems, too. I was reacting to sugars, whether honey, coconut sugar, or grains that break down to sugar. I was experiencing differing levels of pain in my joints and muscles and tendons and fascia. it all hurt! First using the Symphytum/ Rhus Tox, per the Banerji’s then ‘graduating ‘ to a high dose of Rhus Tox alone, this major part of my life for 15 years is finally calming down and slipping out of my life. Praise be to God and you and the Banerji’s!!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      THanks for your reply here Meredith. I’m delighted to hear that you have improved. The next best part is that now you can go out and help others who suffer the same.

  3. Paula says:

    Hi Joette, I heard your interview as well. I’m always inspired by your “mother lioness” spirit. It can feel overwhelming at times to fight for the health of our children, so your support is invaluable. I have a question about the Lycopodium+arsenicum protocol. Would you take a dose daily? Can you do more than one protocol at once? Like the Aethusa for dairy and the lycopodium for gas? Or would you start with one and then do the other? Your Good Gut Bad Gut is definitely on my wish list, but resources are strained at the moment. Thanks not just for the information you share, but for the emotional support you give to moms trying to fight for their families!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      They can be used simultaneously, but to get the real deal, it would be useful for you to get to the course. We have payment plans should you be interested.

  4. Maureen Hanson says:

    Excellent interview on the healthygut summit! Voted for you also! I have purchased the GGBG course and will hopefully begin working on it this week. In the meantime, my 92 yo mother is on Rhus tox 10M from homeopath here in Texas. She is experiencing severe knee pain from a fall many years ago and she is also trying to overcome shingles that began October 3, 2015 Would you suggest the symphytum 200C along with this high dose Rhus tox? She is slowing getting results for the shingles- beginning to need less pain medication and is not bothered by noises so much.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’m not able to take cases on this forum and that is what would be required to give you an adequate answer.

  5. Martha says:

    Hello Joette,

    Thank you for your informative e-mail.
    I don’t know if swelling around the joints would be considered fibro. Some times pain and sometimes not. It gets worse if its foods that don’t agree with me or the environment or toxic chemicals.

    Thank you,


  6. barb says:

    bummer must have just missed it the interview but ive been taking rhus tox and symphyyum for arthritis I haven’t had any flare up since I started taking it its slowly getting better but my left shoulder and midarm and neck still bothers me but I only been on it now for about 3 weeks does fibromyalgia also cause you to be sore when laying in bed and you hurt all over you have to get up out of bed and does it cause restless leg syndrome martha I experience the same thing if I get any msg in my food I feel like every joint hurts for a day or so I stay away from things that have msg

  7. kathy zeitlin says:

    Hi Joette, What do I need to do to get the 2 treatments for fibro?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Are you asking where you should purchase these remedies or are you interested in meeting with me to help you with your concerns?

  8. Rosanne Seiler says:

    Hi Joette, I’ve had chronic daily headaches for years and I see you have Sepia as the remedy.
    What is the dose and frequency please.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      For today, I’m replying on behalf of Joette and my name is Shannon. The type of headache one suffers is the determining factor as to which remedy is chosen. Take a look at the blog articles Joette has published by inputting the word “headache” into the search bar.

  9. Lindsay says:

    I am curious if Joette also followed the GAPS protocol for healing herself. Does she recommend it as an essential ingredient with homeopathy for healing the Gut and the number of related illnesses.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I don’t and didn’t adhere to GAPS. And although I think the diet is intelligent, I find that it can be so difficult to accomplish that it causes more problems in some folks.I carefully source the food I stock my home with; foods such as direct purchasing from small family farms. I make bone stock weekly, drink raw milk and kefir, etc. but also don’t worry about eating out and traveling, which I do a lot of.
      Homeopathy takes up where a quality diet leaves off. Most diets take folks only so far and I call what remains, the niggly 40%. In my experience, homeopathy completes that percentage and finishes the job.

  10. Lindsay says:

    Thank you for responding with your experience. I appreciate this advise and am so glad I asked. Today in my kitchen there is a pot of bone broth simmering, a few gallons of kraut fermenting on the counter, and a cupboard full of kombucha. I just picked up the raw milk and pastured eggs today from the local farm. All this while I continue to take my remedies regularly. I sensed and hoped that would be enough for my healing. Thank you for responding with your experience. Im so relieved to know I can trust this path to whole health.

  11. Amber says:

    What’s your dosage for the rhus tox- how many pellets twice daily?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The number of pills that comprise a dose are stated on the side of the bottle.

  12. Barbara Neller says:

    Joette, the Fibro Girl link no longer works. Is it still available? I would love to have this on my refrigerator with the protocols for these challenges! Thank you!!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’m sorry, but for now it has been taken down due to construction on the site.

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’m sorry but it was taken down during our last construction on the site. we hope to get it up some time soon.

    3. Amy G. says:

      I would like to be able to print “Fibro Girl” off also so hoping it posts back up. It looks like it has a treasure trove of useful information on it!

  13. kim says:

    hi joette. I have a bottle of rhus;tox 200ck.. it says take 5 pellets 3x a day.. does taking all 5 constitute 200ck? and is 200 ck same as 200c? and when u took 2 pellets 2x a day.. did that equal the whole 200 dose?? I am new to homepathy, so not clear on the doses.. I have severe arthritis in my neck, and shoulder, toes, and my left arm is acting up now. Thanks. Kim

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Ck and C are the same, so yes indeed.

  14. Martha says:

    Hello Joette,

    Thank you for all your information that you give everyone. I wanted to ask, I have swelling around my joints, but no pain, rarely it would be only when it rains and sometimes when it’s windy. It is constant swelling it never goes away. Would the Rhus tox work for this.?

    Thank you.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’ve not used RT for swelling without pain. But the beauty of homeopathy is that the medicines are inexpensive and if used correctly are relatively safe, so trying one is not very risky.

  15. kim says:

    I am taking rhus tox 30 and sympthum 200 for severe arthritis in right shoulder and neck, I do have food intolerances also that may be the source, can I also treat that with bovista 200 while treating arthritis?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      We often use homeopathics for both the cause and the way it presents. It is the fastest way I know hoe to accomplish good results.

  16. Giuliana says:

    I am seeing a homeopath doctor in NYC in a week. I was diagnosed with fibro and my hormones are postmenopausal. I just turned 47. I am devastated over my diagnosis as I’ve searched for stories of healing and there are not too many out there.. I will mention those remedies. Thank you for your info. You give me hope. I am trying a few different things with my diet to see what works as well.
    So nice to know that there are things that help and this is not necessarily forever.y

    1. Courtney Ingham says:

      I offer an entire course titled “Feminopathy” that covers exactly what you’re describing. Nothing you mention here is new or difficult. I know it feels that way to you because when we’re suffering, we feel alone. But the info I offer in this blog has helped probably tens of thousands given that the Drs. Banerji have been collectively using it for over 150 years.

  17. Giuliana says:

    I went to a homeopathic doctor and she gave me thus tox and arsenicum and progesterone cream for balancing my post menopausal hormones. I think my pain has lessened but feel fatigued, depression anxiety. I am trying to stay positive but not succeeding for too long. The hormones and pain and muscle weakness all hit me at once. Sometimes i.think that the pains are part of menopause and not fibro but then there’s the heavy limbs and loose of muscle tone. Is that menopause, fibromyalgia? I am obsessing over my symptoms and depression interferes with my life not to mention the lack of sleep.

    1. Courtney Ingham says:

      I’m sorry you’re suffering. But progesterone cream doesn’t sound like homeopathy to me. I trust homeopathy to correct these conditions, not synthetic hormones.

      1. Giuliana says:

        How would you correct hormonal imbalance? The worst is the depression and trouble sleeping. I can’t even seem to nap. My mind and body won’t let me. So frustrated.

        1. Hi, Giuliana, I can’t understand why a homeopath would offer you progesterone cream. I’d be concerned about continuing care under that practitioner.
          There are several remedies that can offer beautiful results for hormonal balance and helping you transition through menopause (which is a long process). Joette’s Feminopathy course offers these insights. Sepia, for example, was a big help to me.
          You might also do a search for sleep on her blog – there are several posts which offer protocols for your situation.
          I’ve been able to work with Joette personally and after years of naturopathic attempts, I’m now able to sleep and feel my hormones are much more balanced. All thanks to homeopathy!
          Hang in there and keep studying!

  18. Penny says:

    I love your article and it gives me great hope. I bought a tube of Rhus Tox and it says it’s 200ck. How many do I take and how many times a day? Thank you!

    1. joette calabrese says:

      If you hope to get the kinds of results I have come to expect, use the medicines and their assigned potencies I indicate. The rest is easy because I spell out exactly the way I did it.
      The number of pills that comprise a dose is always printed on the side of the bottle.

  19. Penny says:

    Thank you for the reply. I’m new to this and didn’t understand if one pellet was 200ck or if you take 3 to get 200ck.

  20. KC Sawmill says:

    Joette, would you use this combo (Rhus tox + Symphytum) for body aches associated with the flu? Every time I get the flu (only a couple times in the last few years) I don’t get a fever, but horrible achiness. I have tried different remedies to no avail. Struggling with this right now.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Rhus tox is one of my all time favorites for influenza. I’ve not used Symphytum with it for flu, but it would certainly be worth a try. I plan to get flu protocols up this week.

  21. TARIQ KHAN says:

    where to buy these and what brand

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Click on the name.

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