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Ouch! My Back, Joint and Bone Pain is Killing Me!

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

May 7th, 2017  |  30 Comments


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If you never experience pain in your back, joints and bone don’t read this.

But if you do, consider it a valuable tool in finding the homeopathic that will uproot the main cause, as well as the pain itself.

Whether from an accident, overexertion from work, play or even rehab, each of us knows all too well the physical and emotional stress of joint, muscle or back pain.

Whether from an accident, overexertion from work, play or even rehab, each of us knows all too well the physical and emotional stress of joint, muscle or back pain.

What sets us apart is how the pain presents. Learn how to determine this, and the homeopathic medicine that’s indicated will become easy to choose. You’ll find this below.

Over three decades ago, I chose to treat my family with homeopathy rather than turn to addicting and dangerous prescription medications.

Homeopathy provides a gentle approach to reducing or eliminating pain — whether from mild injuries or conditions or from those that require medical attention.

The best part is that homeopathy does more than just reduce pain; it moves the condition forward at a speed that is often unexpected, while also protecting against degeneration.

This means that it sets the body to work so that the condition lasts for a shorter period of time and the suffering is less intense, thereby calming the overall state of being; even better, this is all accomplished with natural medicines that are not synthetic or patented.  

You may use more than one medicine.  Indeed, if two are clearly indicated, then alternate between those two. That is, you might choose Arnica 200 to be taken at noon and Rhus tox 30 at 1 PM, then return to Arnica 200 at 3 PM and Rhus tox 30 at 4 PM until there is identifiable improvement.

Once improvement is established, open up the amount of time by a few hours. We’re always looking for that sweet spot in time where the homeopathic can do its most efficient work. To learn more go to my podcast #12.

Arnica montana 6, 30 or 200

So, you went to the gym and overdid it. Or perhaps you were just walking along, minding your own business, and the sidewalk jumped up and tripped you! (At least that’s your story, and you’re sticking to it.)

Arnica montana (mountain daisy or leopard’s bane) is my go-to remedy to relieve the joint and muscle pain that is sure to follow overexertion or falls. It’s also a beautiful medicine to use as part of recovery from surgery. An added benefit is that Arnica also reduces bruising, which comes in handy for the klutzy amongst us.

Bryonia 6, 30 or 200

Joint pain is especially … well … painful, as even the tiniest movement of the joint can cause excruciating pain! Sometimes, the only relief comes from being completely immobile. Unfortunately, remaining completely still over the course of the day is all but impossible in the real world. Bryonia (white bryony or wild hops) is specifically helpful for this type of pain. Also, if your pain feels improved by applying pressure to the area, that’s a good clue that Bryonia can help.

Hypericum perforatum 30 or 200

Injuries to the back are so common and taking prescription drugs to treat this pain has reached epic proportions. Lower back pain with shooting pains running down the nerves’ paths can be especially difficult to treat. For all nerve-related pain, choose Hypericum (St. John’s wort). It not only works for this type of back pain, but also pain resulting from aggravated nerves. Think of it when you have dental work or a puncture wound where nerves may be affected, or especially any injury to the nerve-rich areas of your fingertips. Consider Hypericum as “the Arnica of the nerves.”

Rhus toxicodendron 6, 30 or 200

For those times when your joints are debilitating, stiff, and painful when you’ve been resting for a while, don’t rely solely on making grunting noises like your grandpa did as he got moving after too much gardening. Instead, reach in your kit for your Rhus tox (poison ivy). It’s also brilliant to have on hand if you are in physical therapy … when joint pain is intense at the beginning of the session, but lessens as the joints “warm up.”

Symphytum officinale 6, 30 or 200

Bone injuries can certainly be extremely painful as well.  Symphytum officinale is for any bone injury, bone bruise or even skull trauma. It not only relieves the pain, but also assists in healing after a break or fracture has been reset. Its a sterling choice for arthritis and achy joints and is a great accompaniment in 200 to Rhus tox 30 for not only arthritis but pains of muscles and tendons. 

Join me in learning how to deal with pain of the the joints, muscles, bones and back by choosing homeopathic remedies rather than the addicting drugs. These gentle, scientifically studied medicines can help you minimize pain without risks.

I’ve posted a short YouTube video of me explaining this information. I hope it helps you decide which remedy would best suit you and/or your family. I invite you to check out the video (and all the other helpful videos on my YouTube channel) here:


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P.S. If you find this helpful, I’m certain you’ll find my other blog articles helpful, too. I’ve been publishing this blog for nearly 9 years; many years of practical homeopathic methods for you to learn today and use tonight.

If you don’t find the help you’re looking for here, try Googling my name and the condition, as I’ve authored numerous articles for other blogs and journals as well.

Access to these is always free and available for you to share with your friends and relatives.

In fact, that’s all I ask: if you find benefit from this information, please share it with others.

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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.


30 thoughts on “Ouch! My Back, Joint and Bone Pain is Killing Me!”

  1. Lyn says:

    I just am coming out of the worst episode of back pain I’ve ever had, lasted over a week. After 3 days of no sleep and not being able to move without pain I succumbed to Motrin for pain and inflammation with enough relief to be able to get out of bed. I did try Arnica 200 but it didn’t move it enough for me to get out of bed more than 30 minutes. I am so glad I saw this article so I can be prepared for next time, since all I did was bury the problem deeper. My question is what relieves the inflammation?

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

      The medicines I discussed in the article remove inflammation. That’s how they work.

  2. Jeanene Tremoulet says:

    Have bone broth daily, eliminating grains, including fermented foods and organ meats has taken my aches and pains away. I had foot pain for about 20 years, and pain after work out. I have pinned your homeopathic remedies so can use them to, Thank you!

  3. Lee Ellen Seeba says:

    Hi Joette, Every time I’ve tried a homeopathic med in the past, I haven’t noticed them doing anything at all but I also don’t like the idea of taking prescription meds all the time either since I know they have long term effects that are not good. I’ve got a lot of tendonitis in my body. I currently take 15mg of Meloxicam every day & as long as I do, I almost feel normal but after not taking it for about 3 days, everything hurts! I have inflammation in my foot, both knee patella tendons, several spots in my back, both shoulders & my neck despite the fact that I try to eat foods that are anti-inflammatory. I’ve tried taking a strong circuit that’s supposed to be easily absorbed as well & it seemed to do nothing for me along with being really expensive. I keep trying different things to see if anythung will help but so far nothing except the Meloxicam does. I watched your video but you talked about so many different things I’m confused as to what might be best to try.

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

      When homeopathics don’t act, its usually because the wrong one is being used or its not being taken long enough. You might want to meet with an expert on homeopathy or consider taking a course. It is a vast and complex subject. After all, you saw an expert in conventional medicine for the condition.

  4. Eileen says:

    I was wondering if these remedies are useful for knee or hip replacements, during ones healing time, or is the surgery protocol the one to follow? Can knee and hip replacements be avoided with these remedies when the damage has become so debilitating?

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

      They are wonderful after surgery and ought to be used before committing to surgery. Often surgery can be avoided.

  5. Stephanie says:

    What about feelings of tightness or constriction in the back that’s not necessarily painful, but definitely uncomfortable, sometimes to the point of making sleep difficult, like a “knot” in the back.

    1. Stephanie says:

      Any ideas? I could use something today.

  6. Luciana says:

    Dear Joette, first of all thank you very much for the great job you do. I’d like to know how to chose the correct potency of the remedy. In this post you recommend two or even three different potencies for each remedy, so, how to tell which one is necessary?

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

      I tend to start high, but if you have the lower potency, low will often do the trick as well.

  7. Amy E says:

    Perfect timing for my family this week! One kiddo has a sore thumb joint from volleyball, the other tight arm muscles from tennis and my hubby did a race through the wilderness this weekend making him sore all over. They have all had the Arnica and it is helping. The Byronia for joints was new to me so I will be trying that for the thumb!

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

      ‘Sounds like a plan.

  8. I’ve been using homeopathics for almost 40 years on my children, myself and now my grandchildren. They never let me down. I used them on my horse in the past also and they were awesome! Now I have an epileptic Dalmatian and they don’t work on him. I’ve tried everything and been to two homeopaths and they cannot help either.

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

      Homeopathy has a history of being able to happily treat epilepsy. Think in terms of what may have preceded it, such as vaccinations or pesticides poisoning. That might give you a clue.

  9. Sidra says:

    Hello Joette!
    I have been diagnosed with Bile Reflux, which i learned is different from Acid Reflux. I was wondering if you have any articles which will help me to understand this condition. I would like to seek your consultation, kindly guide me about it as well.
    Thank you

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

      The name is often not as important as how the condition presents. That means that the symptoms are important, but given that it is a liver condition, the medicine must be liver specific. Its not possible for me to take your case here and I don’t believe I’ve written on liver conditions, however, if you’re interested in learning more on the subject, you might find it useful to check out my course Good Gut Bad Gut. I don’t specifically cover the condition by name but it certainly covers the overall problem.

  10. Amy G. says:

    Hi Joette –

    I believe that you have previously said that the TMJ protocol is the same as the arthritis protocol, so rhus tox 30 mixed with symphytum officinale 200, correct? Thank you!

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

      You bet.

      1. Amy G. says:

        Thanks so much! As far as I can tell, these remedies worked for my husband’s TMJ, though he will not readily admit nor acknowledge such. After several more homeopathic successes, he will. Ha.

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

          The key to bringing a husband around is to simply give it to him with not a whisper of fanfare or expectation.

          1. Amy G. says:

            Good advice!

  11. Gay H. says:

    Hi Joette, What are your thoughts on topical use of arnica gel? If it is used should one wait 15 minutes before or after taking any other remedy, just like if the arnica was taken orally? Thank you for all of your insights!

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

      I don’t worry about timing when it comes to topical ointments and gels.

  12. pythonesk99 says:

    Both of my knees are bone on bone and I’m looking at knee replacements. I’ve tried gelatin, collagen, synvisc injections, glucosamine chondroitin, boswellia & msm. The only thing that really helps is Aleve but that messes up my bowels in a truly horrendous way. Does homeopathy have a fix for opioid induced constipation? Thanks!

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

      I would have thought you were going to ask me whether homeopathy aids in conditions such as your knees! Why not use homeopathy instead of something that causes a new disease?

      1. Laurel says:

        Because when your problem gets so severe that Homeopathy doesn’t help you have to turn to other means. I guess nothing’s going to bring back the cartilage, ha!

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

          I couldn’t disagree with you more. “Bone on bone” does not mean that’s the end of the line.

  13. Both my knees are bone on bone, feels like forever. What exactly would help? I definitely do NOT want knee replacements!

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

      In writing the article, I didn’t write anything about how these medicines are useful for everyone EXCEPT those who have bone on bone. Homeopathy may amaze you. Find what fits and give it a go.

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