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April Showers Bring … Sinus Headaches

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

April 24th, 2022  |  15 Comments

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Susy has suffered from sinus headaches and infections ever since she had mono in college. Long ago, she noticed that every time the barometric pressure shifted as the weather changed, a headache would come on — often followed by a sinus infection.

She tried analgesics, antibiotics and even steroids, but nothing relieved the pain. And worse yet, Susy learned that steroids could cause bone loss. She suspected that it was no coincidence that she recently broke her ankle in a minor fall.

A little hesitant about venturing into the world of alternative health, Susy’s apprehension lifted after she consulted with a homeopath. She learned that homeopathy is gentle, causes no side effects, and can be used in tandem with conventional drugs. So, she finally had hope that as her sinus pain diminished, she would be able to cut back on those side-effect-laden sinus pain prescriptions. (And that’s just what happened!)

You see, the homeopath listened to her headache symptoms carefully and recommended Kali bichromicum 30, every 1-3 hours as needed until the pain subsided. Other symptoms supporting this remedy choice included intense pain above the eyes and sinus pressure that worsens when stooping down.

Although Susy had been skeptical, once she began this new regimen, she had to admit that the pain did lessen. In addition, the chronic post-nasal drip (that had become a part of her daily life since who-knows-when) was also resolved.

After a few weeks, Susy was completely free of head pain — even when a storm came through and the pressure dropped.

After a few months, she also realized it had been some time since she had suffered a sinus infection — even though she had eliminated the antibiotics.

Susy’s sinus issues were history!

Now, let’s consider Lucy.

Lucy suffered terribly from pollen allergies and sinus pain caused by weather changes. Years ago, she had tried allergy shots but found that instead of improving her symptoms, they only worsened. Her doctor told her that it was because she was getting older — that life is just like that, and she simply needed to accept it. Her list of triggers continued to mount.

She found some relief from her symptoms after eliminating wheat and pasteurized dairy, but a significant portion of her allergies lingered.

Changes in barometric pressure ushered in sinus pain that began above the eyes and spread into the sinuses. In fact, whenever the barometric pressure changed or the cottonwoods released their fluff, her sinuses would become so painful she could barely function.

Lucy had joined a Gateway to Homeopathy study group to learn about homeopathy in a fun, supportive group of like-minded individuals. The weekly online meetings were Lucy’s happy place! She was taking her health matters into her own hands, and she knew that this path would one day make her both confident and competent in using homeopathy for herself and her family.

During a meeting, a fellow group member was excited about her recent purchase of A Materia Medica: Practical Homeopathy® for Busy Families.

I wrote that book for people just like Lucy — people who wanted to learn more about the more commonly used homeopathic medicines in an easy-to-read format.

Excited to delve deeper, Lucy ordered a copy of my materia medica for herself! Her eyes opened wide when she got to the section on Kali bichromicum (also known as Kali bi or Kali bich). She could hardly believe her good fortune as she read a case that precisely mirrored her own!

Her Gateway to Homeopathy study group reminded her to search my blog for further information. So, after typing “kali bichromicum” into the search box on my website, she discovered my blog post from a few years ago, Not Tonight, Honey, in which Kali bich 30 had uprooted another person’s suffering!

She learned that Kali bichromicum is our first thought for acute or chronic sinusitis. This homeopathic medicine is made from potassium dichromate, a bright orange, caustic, corrosive compound used in the manufacture of dyes and batteries, to tan leather, to etch or clean glass and in photography — deleterious to health in its gross form.

Wait. What?

Well, for those who don't know, homeopathic medicines are often derived from toxic substances. When harnessed by employing the homeopathic super-dilution and succession process, the harsh material becomes a helpful aid — even curative for some. And in this case, for conditions featuring thick, stringy, yellowish, or greenish mucus, especially from the nose — but also from the throat or larynx.

Kali bich coughs are dry, forceful coughs that often go on for some time without relief. These coughs often worsen when breathing damp cold air, worsen in the early morning hours, and improve in warm air.

The person often feels pressure and fullness in the sinuses and experiences extreme pain at the root of the nose that improves when pressure is applied to the painful spot. They may also experience fullness or pressure in the middle ear or migraine headaches that start at night.

So, the next time a front moved through her area, triggering an overwhelming episode of dripping sinuses, stringy mucus and powerful sinus pain, Lucy took a dose of Kali bichromicum 30.

She repeated the dose two hours later, realizing that it might take a round of three to four doses before improvement ensued.

Just after the third dose, Lucy fell asleep for two hours. This was unusual for her, but those familiar with homeopathy know that sleep is a noteworthy sign that the correct homeopathic medicine has been chosen (and is hard at work).

Historically for Lucy, the pain and weariness from one of these episodes lasted for days. But this time, upon awakening, she found that the head pain wasn’t merely minimized — it had vanished! Lucy was energized and pain-free even though the usual provocative weather conditions were still at hand.

A month later, when the rain pelted after a long stretch of drought, Lucy got another characteristic headache. However, this time, its intensity was uncharacteristically mild. Nonetheless, she took a dose of Kali bichromicum 30 again and promptly fell asleep for 20 minutes.

When she awoke, the aching and soreness were absent once again, replaced by a sense of well-being.

Many months later, Lucy again noted a developing weather change. But because she had experienced no sinus pain for the last several months, she smiled to herself knowingly. No headache, no dripping sinuses, no fatigue.

It’s been two years since her first dose of Kali bichromicum. And thanks to her Gateway study group, her materia medica, and my blog posts, Lucy is still pain-free!

Thanks to their experience with Kali bich, both Lucy and Susy learned firsthand why homeopathy has a reputation for addressing self-limiting illnesses and ensuring that those problems never return. These two ladies now understand the difference between feeling okay and radiating authentic health.

Gentle, efficacious and cost-effective homeopathy brought them to a better place in life, and neither woman is ever looking back.

Now, Susy's looking to lose some weight using homeopathy, and Lucy has taken on her mother's arthritis and her husband's irritable bowel condition.

That's how this works. We can't help but want to do more and more using this medicine.

So, if weather-induced sinus headaches plague someone you love, hand them protection against the storm — a homeopathic “umbrella” called Kali bichromicum. What a marvelous opportunity to pass on the good news of homeopathy!



Joette Calabrese


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Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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15 thoughts on “April Showers Bring … Sinus Headaches”

  1. Dinyar M. Dalal says:

    I am suffering from very nasty sinus headaches for the last one week. It feels like I am losing my mind- it is so bad. So, your post is very timely. I have to get Kali bichrome 30 asap.
    Thank you very very much.
    God bless you.

  2. Denise says:

    How timely! I’ve been struggling with sinus headaches and pressure for a week having limited success with Sanguinaria. I tried Kali bich today (why not?), and I’m improving. My question is how to differentiate between Sang and Kali bich? Thank you.

  3. Ronne says:

    My daughter suffers from chronic sinus infections. Kali Bic does not seem to help her. She has used Sang 200 with it also with no real relief. Her dad had sinus infections frequently too – spring – probably allergy driven. Any suggestions.

  4. Angela Ware says:

    Hi Joette!! Thanks for all you do! I too would like to know when to choose Kali bic or Sanguinaria. Or maybe key differences? Thanks ☺️

    1. Neena Mehra says:

      I would like to know too!Thank you

  5. GK says:

    I had a fun experience with my married son who came looking for a decongestant. Sorry, I said, I don’t have any but try some Nat Mur 30. Ten minutes later he comes in the kitchen and asks, ‘what the heck was in that, it’s cleared my head, I’ve been sneezing all morning and now it’s gone?’ That, my son, was homeopathy.

  6. Mary Herman says:

    I absolutely love Kali Bic, I always have it on hand. I’ve been reading/studying Homeopathic books since the 1980’s, my Bible should be as marked up, and well studied as my Materia Medica with Repertory by Boericke. I have so many remedies, of all different sizes, I had to put in alphabetical ziplock storage bags, they don’t expire, some I have from the 1980’s! Then I have bags of different Banerji protocols…a homeopathic doctor once called me a homeopathic junkie because I didn’t follow Classical Homeopathy, I felt such relief when I found Joette and Banerji Protocols. Thanks for letting me rattle on. One last note, my daughter-in-law recently cured her grandson’s ringworms with homeopathy and didn’t even have to ask me for advice! I was so proud of her.

  7. Melissa C says:

    Oh, yes, kali bich is golden!I don’t usually have sinus problems, but when I do, the knock me for a loop. Used kali bich for a few doses on a few different episodes and worked that day. Prior to learning homeopathy, I would end up with a zpack for 2 weeks as nothing else would touch the pain. Now I have a short, effective, and healthier option. I have to order more because I used up my bottle that comes in my kit. That is how much I relied on it for my family and me. God blessed us with homeopathy!

  8. Katy says:

    Would this be a good remedy for lingering (>3 weeks) sinus pressure (not pain) felt in cheek/jaw/teeth? When it was at its worst it hurt a lot to stoop but that has improved a bit. I know you don’t give personal advice, but I guess my puzzling symptom is the pressure in teeth and jaw that hasn’t dissipated. (Went to dentist to rule out dental issues).

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      When you’re looking into dental conditions, we want to 1st look at the dental history. Infections from previously extracted teeth or root canals are stealthy and are not commonly discovered by even a good dentist. The only way to find these “symptomless” infections is to get to a biological dentist.
      As for a garden variety sinus infection what I discuss here is not time-related.

  9. Sara says:

    This is helpful! I have searched your blog up and down for “sinus” for a protocol to help my husband who has, for years, complained of nagging sinus pressure behind his cheeks, in his forehead, and behind his eyes. No active infection. No other symptoms – very healthy. He needs to take Flonase daily regardless of the season to keep things at bay 🙁

    Based on scouring your blogs, I am going to try Kali Birch 30 and Sanguinaria 30 2x a day to treat what I can guess is some type of chronic sinusitis/inflammation. I see your information on ACTIVE sinus infections (Sanguinaria 200, Bell 6), but wondering what you suggestions would be for a lingering issue or if I’m headed in the right direction. Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      It sounds like you understand what I’ve written.

  10. Mary Claire says:

    Thank you for this protocol! I first tried it for a sinus pressure ache headache that also caused pain while stooping down and in my teeth. I began by taking kali bichromium 30 4x that day. I was so discouraged bc no change had happened and I went to bed. The next morning, I woke up still in pain. I thought, why don’t I try a 200? So I did, and BAM! The sinus pain was completely gone just a few minutes later!

  11. Nicole says:

    Thank you for this article. Which dilution would Suzy have used? There are many options.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      There’s only one option in the article.
      I’m very careful use specific information so you can get faster results.

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