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

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

May 7th, 2017  |  56 Comments

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Every aspiring homeopath (caring mom) must learn how to recognize each remedy's uses and characteristics, and how to differentiate between remedies.  

materia medica (Latin for “materials of medicine”) is the tool that helps one do this, and is, therefore, the most necessary book in your homeopathic library.  

This is my materia medica.

 

joint, muscle, back pain

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.

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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Warmly,

 

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.

joint, muscle, back pain

 

I am a homeopath with a world wide practice working with families and individuals via Skype. 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 s 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.

Call today and learn how homeopathy might just be the missing piece in your health strategy.


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.


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56 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.

      1. Amy E says:

        The Byronia worked so well for the injured thumb joint! Thank you!

  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
    Sidra

    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!
        Pythonesk@yahoo.com

        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.

  14. Mary says:

    I’ve been listening to Dr Tom O’Bryan on YouTube talk about healing Leaky Gut in connection with autoimmune disorders. I have rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimotos, both auto immune disorders, depression also but figure it is a result of the other disorders. I have changed my diet a lot, and have less pain (I don’t take any RA meds and rarely take Tylenol, wondering where to begin on choosing the correct homeopathic remedy to help leaky gut heal, and/or tackle my autoimmune disorders. Any suggestions?

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

      Homeopathy is a vast medical system and although I try to make it as simple as possible, it remains that it requires either the aid of a homeopath or learning how to use the medicines with a course when it comes to RA and other chronic conditions. Should you be interested, I offer a course that covers, step by step how to proceed with regards to chronic conditions titled, Good Gut, Bad Gut. You may access it from my site.

  15. Nell says:

    Hello, I’m wondering if I use hyper 200 mix w symphytum 200 (bp) 2x day for chronic back pain can I use Bryonia for when the back pain is so acute it hurts to move a muscle or would I use hypericum 30 on top of using the protocol?

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

      I often use more than one medicine at a time for differnt aspects of the same condition as well as for wholly different conditions. The way you’ve thought this through is well done. I like to stick to using Hypericum in the 200 and save Bryonia for “worse from movement”.

  16. debbie says:

    My son suffered a really bad injury three months ago and he had and mri done. He was told he has a frozen shoulder and a very large ganglion cyst there as well on the left shoulder. Its effecting his entire arm including the elbow and hand. Can you please provide a protocol for both conditions.
    Thanks
    Debbie

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

      I don’t provide protocols on request. Instead, I write about conditions on this blog, so that there is a background with potency, frequency, and examples. Use the search bar and try a few blogs.

  17. debbie says:

    All I did was ask a simple question trying to help my son with his shoulder. Why such a rude response?
    Don’t take out what’s bothering you on me.
    GOOD BYE
    DEBBIE
    PS I’ve looked on your site for frozen shoulder and ganglion cyst and didn’t find any thing.

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

      You found my response rude? Really?

      Frozen shoulder is a form of arthritis. Look up arthritis.

      1. debbie says:

        I know frozen shoulder is a form of arthritis. so there If you cant stand somebody saying something you disagree with maybe you should do something else. People get criticize all the time even you from time to time. its not the end of the world.
        THANKS
        DEBBIE

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

          What?

  18. DEBBIE says:

    My son is on these really horrible drugs for his frozen shoulder and ganglion cyst. His in constant pain and discomfort. the side effects from the meds are terrible. please offer some advice on what to take and potency and how often? I don’t know what else I can do for him.
    Thanks a lot
    DEBBIE

  19. Tammy says:

    When would you move to Rhys Tox 1M for back pain over the 209?

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

      When 200 didn’t fully act and the case is clearly a RT case, then using a higher potency is prudent. Find a materia medica on line and read up on RT. Dr. JAmes Tyler Kent is a good one. Then decide if RT fits.

  20. Kelley says:

    Debbie, it sounds like you are having a rough time with your son. That must be so frustrating. Joette wasn’t being rude, she just gave you a suggestion to look into it. She has said many times that she can’t comment on a particular case, she just shares as much knowledge as she can with us.

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

      Thanks for your support and understanding words, Kelley.

  21. Paulis Waber says:

    I read this carefully because my husband has chronic low back issues. They are so severe that he’s had a number of nerve ablations to cut back the affected nerves, which then grow back. I’ve started to give him arnica for back strain because it feels muscular but now I’m thinking his best bet might be the hypericum because the nerve ablations point to it? The only other near fit is rhus tox because he needs to get up and move, but I’m hesitating on that because his pain doesn’t come from painful joints.

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

      Your thinking is right on.

  22. Rachel McE says:

    Thanks for the info! Wanting to try some Arnica 200 for my chronic back and shoulder muscle tension which brings on horrific tension headaches. Chiropractic helps, but who has the time and money to run to the chiropractor every time one starts to hurt? Looking for a better alternative to ibuprofen, especially since I’m expecting baby #4. Are any of the above remedies NOT advised during pregnancy? Thanks!

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

      I used Arnica 200 during each of my pregnancies, especially during labor and after.

  23. Esther says:

    Joette I am sure that somewhere I have seen you say Arnica 200/Symphytum 200 was specific for knee osteoarthritis, am I correct? Now I see you have Symphytum:200 mixed with Rhus TOX 30. Also have used Arnica 200/Rhus TOX 30. But this didn’t seem to work. There is a confusion on the group in FB
    Can you clarify this please. Thank you

  24. Judy Leahy says:

    Along similar lines, if taking Symphytum and Rhus for other protocols but not together, should these be repeated for the protocol described above, or should a different remedy be use? Any clarification would be helpful. Thanks.

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

      If Symph and RT are being taken for another condition, they should act for that one as well as back pain. Its not a good plan to double up.

  25. Carrie says:

    I get joint pains in Specific fingers that ultimately end with a knot or bigger k uncle. Would one of these work for that condition? I’m only 41.

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

      Choose the one that most closely fits the description of your symptoms.

  26. xiroyma says:

    Good MORNING,
    Is this remedy also good for tailbone pain? tailbone pain after C-section (5yrs ago)

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