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Emergency Remedy Series: But I Didn’t Know!

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

April 3rd, 2019  |  16 Comments

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I didnt know

Sometimes what we don’t know will hurt us …

Days later.

Many years ago, my parents were involved in a minor car accident. It seemed no harm was done, except to the cars. Immediately afterward, they were insistent, “We’re fine!”

However, three days later they felt crippled — could barely move from the whiplash and body stiffness!

You may have experienced a similarly postponed revelation after an accident. You think you’re fine, but the whiplash doesn’t show up until three to five days later. Out of the blue, you find yourself in screaming pain, as well as lamenting you hadn’t realized the injury earlier to report it to your insurance company. Talk about adding insult to injury!

Don’t feel alone. It’s very common.

So, I felt it important to mention a homeopathic medicine perhaps not usually thought of as an emergency remedy — because you probably won’t employ it immediately after the event.

Let’s call it, “Delayed First Aid,” shall we?

Cut back to my parents’ minor fender bender: When their terrible neck pain, stiffness and headache appeared a few days after the event, I recommended Rhus tox 200, two to three times a day (diminishing the frequency as they began to improve and discontinuing when they were very much better). As is usual with homeopathy, this protocol was a much-appreciated success.

Now, I know what you’re thinking! (See? I’ve gotten to know you pretty well from all of our interactions in live study group classes, Facebook Lives and comments in my blog posts and podcasts.) You’re thinking, “Well, Joette, if it works as a delayed first aid, why don’t I just use it prophylactically immediately after I’ve been in an accident and avoid having the symptoms altogether?”

No. I don’t think I would do that. I’m not saying it’s necessarily wrong, but personally, I wouldn’t do it.

In general, homeopathy is used as medicine — to uproot a pathology. If you don’t have the pathology (you’re not experiencing whiplash symptoms), then there is no reason to utilize the medicine.

Think about it for a moment: In this way, homeopathy is very similar to allopathic medicine. No one would pop a couple of Advil if they didn’t have a headache! So, why employ a homeopathic medicine when there is no reason? When (or more appropriately “if”) whiplash pain occurs, then reach for Rhus tox 200.

If the pain is severe, Arnica may also be used — alternating with Rhus tox. (Here’s a handy blog post I wrote referencing both.)

If the accident was a particularly shocking event, don’t forget the very first medicine I discussed in my Emergency Remedy Series: Aconite in My Purse.

I will be happy to email you my First Aid Chart, detailing the “why, how and when” of many additional emergency remedies. Just click on this link and give me your primary email.

Meanwhile, drive safely! Follow the two-second rule, look both ways at intersections, and keep Rhus tox 200 on hand in case other drivers aren’t as careful as you are.

And don’t forget to pass on the good news of homeopathy!


Joette Calabrese

P.S. If information about emergency remedies are essential to you, and you don’t want to wait for the entire series to unfold over the coming months, you can get my most popular download, Perform in the Storm – Homeopathy First Aid, for only $37.99. 

This informative audio instruction will be more in-depth than what I can offer in my blog post format and will expedite having more first aid remedies under your belt — ready for that next accident. (And you know another one is just around the corner.)

P.P.S. Here are the links to my entire Emergency Remedy Series for your convenience. Don’t forget: if you order from Boiron’s website, you can receive 20% off your order by using the coupon code: joette.
(And just so you know…I do not partake in any affiliate programs. I am not being compensated for sending you this information. It's for your convenience only.)
Aconitum napellus (Shocking events)
Arnica montana (Fatigue)
Rhus toxicodendron (Delayed onset neck pain and headache)
Pyrogenium (Sepsis)
Ledum, Apis, Arsenicum album (Bites and itching)
Aconitum napellus (Eye injuries)
Hypericum perforatum (Injury to nerve-rich areas)
Arsenicum album (Food poisoning)
Cold Calm® (Colds)



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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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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. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

We've provided links for your convenience but we do not receive any remuneration nor affiliation in payment from your purchase.

The Author disclaims all liability for any loss or risk, personal or otherwise incurred as a consequence of use of any material in this article. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


16 thoughts on “Emergency Remedy Series: But I Didn’t Know!”

  1. Elaine Whalen says:

    A great remedy when my boyfriend overdoes it on the golf course (which is fairly often!)…

  2. kelly says:

    Can this remedy be used if you suffer migraines years later that you think may be linked to a past whiplash accident?

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

      I have found that migraines that result from whip last have indeed been aided by this remedy.

      1. Olena T. says:

        Can this remedy be used for somebody who has neck pain and headache that is not related to an accident? In other words, does etiology matter? Thank you!

  3. Laura Lin says:


    I was recently in a car accident 6 weeks ago, seemed minor, thought I was fine besides low back soreness for a few days. Now, I am suffering from a possible disc injury and nerve pain radiating down legs and neck pain too. What would you recommend? Arnica? Rhus tox? Thanks, Laura

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

      I’m sorry but I don’t make personal recommendations on this forum. Read each remedy and choose the one that most closely fits. If it doesn’t help after some considerable time, move on.

  4. Peg says:

    My husband was rear ended on Friday. He’s now experiencing neck, shoulder and head pain. I have enough Rus Tox 30, for about 5 doses. If he needs more, can I use Rus Tox 1M?

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

      We readily move from a lower potency to higher if needed.

  5. Dinyar M. Dalal says:

    Dear readers and followers of Joette Calabrese,
    I am urging all of you to consider Joette as “God sent”. Can you imagine what we would be doing without her genuine advice? My father was a very good self-taught homeopath and i have relied on homeopathy since i was a child. I have (i think) very good knowledge of homeopathy but my Biggest problem is finding the right Potency. Moreover, i am totally fascinated by Joette’s discoveries. I have tried everything she has recommended and each and every time it has worked like magic. The biggest blessing is that Joette mentions the potencies also without which i would have to try several potencies to find the right one. I really consider her as “God sent”. Please be grateful for everything she does for so many of us. God bless you Joette!! Love you!

    1. Usman says:

      This is not how you employed the homeo remedies

    2. Patricia Fitzsimmons says:

      Well said Dinyar! It is VERY helpful to know what potency to use! And I love how we are able to comment on Joette’s blogs and she often answers questions in the Comment section.

  6. Leah says:

    Thank you so much for your website and this article! Very clear information!
    I fell yesterday and I think I might have a case of whiplash in the next day or two. I especially like your guidance about not using any remedy propholactically – right now just a bit of a sore neck and shoulders. Thank you again!! Leah

    1. Geralyn Devereaux says:

      If you have had a shocking event and a fall can qualify then a prophylactic dose of Aconite CAN be the first action before a diagnosable condition develops.

  7. Monika says:

    Hi Joette,

    Warm regards from Macedonia, I’ve learned a lot from your blogs, I use homeopathy for 12 years and your blogs & advises has helped me a lot in difficult health situations. Also my husband & daughter are using homeopathy and every year more from my friends as well. Thank you for being so kind & amazing 🙂

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I’m happy to hear from you.
      I wish you and yours a joyous Christmas.

  8. Geralyn Devereaux says:

    Maybe because I am older I have learned more than a couple things that have improved my “retirement” years and a biggie is that any event that delivers a shock of some sort deserves a dose of Aconite! If frightful energy is encouraged to be cleared all other injuries will be better noticed and dealt with. JMHO A late great homeopathic clinic(uofmhealth) listed 7 remedies for bee stings and then in a new paragraph suggested Aconite be the first if the sting was shocking. ALL my stings are shocking as I am allergic (not anaphylactic!). Guess what is my 1st remedy now? All stings resolve so much easier! If after a sudden movement I have a jolt pain in the spine YEP Aconite

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