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Breast Pain: When Even Hugs Hurt

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

November 5th, 2017  |  18 Comments

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Breast Pain Joette Calabrese


Woman-to-woman, let me ask you: Have you ever avoided a nice, warm hug from a loved one simply because your breasts were too tender? Would it have sounded scary if a traditional doctor had diagnosed you with mastalgia?

To most, medical terms like these induce a natural feeling of fright. In actuality, mastalgia is just a fifty-cent word for breast pain — the Greek root mastos- meaning breast and –algia meaning pain.

And who among us hasn’t had sore, tender or downright painful breasts during our lives?

Mastalgia can be the result of many conditions: breast development during puberty, PMS, pregnancy, nursing, hormonal shifts during menopause, or even injury.

I want to say right here at the outset of our conversation that if breast pain is severe or odd, a therapeutic diagnosis would be prudent. We certainly don’t ignore important signs.

However, I’m suggesting the pyramid be flipped — before running off to the doctor, it’s often smart to consider the inexpensive, self-directed approach of homeopathy.

Indeed, a diagnosis can actually help pinpoint the most precise homeopathic remedy to choose. (I plan to talk more about how homeopathy uses diagnoses in next week’s blog, so stay tuned!)

If mastalgia presents as tenderness, perhaps from menses, pregnancy or nursing, Bryonia 30 twice a day is an effective SOS. And you know what I mean by an SOS, right?

An SOS remedy is used only until the pain is gone, then stopped after that.

So, is this like popping an Advil every month when you have pain?

NO! Homeopathy is not simply a symptom reliever; it works more deeply than that. To explain, let’s look at exactly how Jean R. uprooted her breast pain — for good.

Without fail, Jean’s menses was always ushered in by breast tenderness.

Her mastalgia was like her own personal bat signal! She used to just ignore it. (When breasts are just slightly tender, there is no need to treat.)

But as the years went by, the pain had become disruptive. It was disturbing her sleep and made it too difficult to work out as she normally did.

Jean chose Bryonia 30 and within a few days, her breast pain was back down to a simmer rather than a full boil. The following month, she used Bryonia again, and the pain was much less. By the next month, it was gone. For good. Bryonia had uprooted the cause of her breast pain, and it no longer bothered her.

That is the beauty of homeopathy.

But let’s say the breast pain is resulting from an injury — perhaps a seatbelt injury from a car accident. (This happens to women much more often than we realize.) In that situation, I would use Bellis perennis 200 every 3-12 hours as determined by the severity of pain. (Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post to download your free Remedy Card. And this week, I’ll give you two!)

However, if the pain is from an infection, then it is most likely mastitis. (Once again, mastos- meaning breast and –itis meaning inflammation. (See? Medical terms need not be intimidating!) In this case, refer to my previous blog: 3 Homeopathic Remedies for Mastitis in which I discuss mastitis more fully.

I’ve been asked, “How do I know if the pain is from an infection?” That’s easy. If the breast is red, hot, and swollen (especially if it is only one breast that is affected), or if accompanied by fever and chills, then it is most likely an infection. Mastitis also most often occurs during nursing, so the timing would be another big clue in your diagnosis.

Ladies, we don’t have to stoically “grin and bear it,” but can instead take control of our health and uproot our issues with homeopathy — returning us to our happy and pain-free selves as we resume our delightfully busy lives of taking care of our families.


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P.S. Should you be interested in learning more about female health conditions, consider my course Feminopathy where I discuss homeopathic strategies for many of our unique health issues.





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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18 thoughts on “Breast Pain: When Even Hugs Hurt”

  1. Donna Coleman says:

    There is a rare cancer called Inflammatory Breast Cancer which can mimic the symptoms of mastitis. This link describes the symptoms. It is an aggressive cancer and if in doubt as to whether or not it is mastitis it would be wise to have it checked out.


    1. carol says:

      Thank you so much, my thermogram was still cool as a cucumber with no inflammation, but I am going to ask my midwife for a referral for ultrasound. Good reminder about this rare cancer.

  2. carol says:

    Perfect timing! I haven’t looked up remedies for breast pain due to lymph congestion, if you have suggestions? Thank you!

  3. Debbie says:

    My amazing OB told me that Breast cancer most often presents without pain. So I have been less concerned by the rare painful lump that has turned out to be a cyst which resolved on its own when my hormones shifted again. Thank you for this helpful article, Joette. These tips are truly empowering me to treat my family in a healthy way.

  4. Linda says:

    Hi Joette,
    I am wondering weather it is okay to dilute two different remedies in water with alcohol to take over a few days. (Banerji protocols)For example if they are both 200 potency or what if one is 30 and the other is 200. Thank you for all your inspiration.

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

      If using a protocol of 2 medicines that of different potencies, they indeed may be diluted in water together. However, to be certain that you’re getting it right, you might want to instead purchase it pre-mixed so that you’re certain of the strength.

  5. Christine says:

    Thank you! I needed this info. You’re the best, Joette!

  6. Kelsey says:

    I was just wondering about a remedy for this recently. Thank you!

  7. anat says:

    A great routine to help ease benign breast swelling, and in particular, the typical pain along the bra line, is to do self lymphatic drainage massage on your breasts daily. In a routine that takes me less than a minute a day I eliminated mine. I drain my lymphatics with gentle circular motions around each breast, from the side closer to the breastbone out and up to the arm pit.

  8. carol says:

    Thank you so much, I just started dry brushing and massage this week using you tube videos – the massage motions are all a bit different – this one said 3 horizontal lines across breast – upper, middle, and under – and toward the heart – if you finish at the armpit and the armpit has congested lymph, does the motion need to end down from there to flush that toward heart too?

  9. anat says:

    Hi. I am not a massage therapist, and like you Carol, I found a routine by looking up on youtube. The one I mostly use can be found by googling: lymphatic drainage self massage breast. There is one by a massage therapist called Lisa Santoro that I recommend. Sorry, can’t post a link to a video here…

  10. Carolyn says:

    Would this protocol be helpful for a cracked nipple during nursing, chronic? Sometimes Phytolaca takes care of it and sometimes it does not. Thank you!

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

      No, this protocol is for overall breast pain. When a homeopathic acts, but not fully, we usually consider using it for a longer period of time or more frequently.

  11. Vivian says:

    What would be the treatment for breast pain caused by radiation therapy? It is not the burn, that is long gone. It is the breast tissue that remains painful, especially if I try to exercise.

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

      Often, we don’t parse out the cause. Instead, we use symptoms.

  12. Michelle says:

    I have just started using this to treat plasma cell mastitis, its been 2 days and I think some of the swelling and redness has come down, the pain levels also seem to be dropping a tiny bit as well, I’m hoping this works or else they tell me I will most likely need a mascetomy

  13. Sam khan says:

    I am 28 yrs old have a 3 and half yrs old daughter.My biopsy concluded that i have plasma cell mastitis. Allopathy treatment for this condition is lumpectomy.Doctor says i may loose half of my breast if operated on. Can it be cured by homeopathy?

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

      I can not tell you whether you can be cured with homeopathy. No one knows these things, however, I don’t know why one wouldn’t try this method given the alternative.

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