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Estrogen Dominance and Other Red Herrings

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

November 8th, 2015  |  28 Comments

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Elle had “estrogen dominance.” She received this diagnosis from a functional medicine practitioner.

I’m actually happy for the likes of functional medicine doctors. Finally, an MD specialty that takes a holistic view, paying attention to how all the systems of the body function together.

But welcome as they are, I still believe that homeopathy has a greater advantage over functional medicine, naturopathy, and other branches of medicine.

I’ll tell you why, but first let me tell you Elle’s story:

Elle was in her late 40’s when she wanted to cease relying on bio-identical progesterone cream and find a way to balance her hormones without it. Besides, some of the problems she had before starting these hormones were still plaguing her.

She had had lengthy and detailed hormone blood and saliva test panels done.

But perhaps surprising to many, when using homeopathy, this information is superfluous.

Employing the method I use and teach, it’s better to put aside the “estrogen dominance” model. Instead, we take advantage of the conventional diagnosis, including her complaints, a description of what they feel like, and any other symptoms she may have that don’t necessarily fit under the “estrogen dominance” umbrella – things like food intolerances and warts.  

After putting aside the estrogen idea, it turned out that Elle’s main complaints were irregular, flooding cycles, vaginal pain with leukorrhea, and fatigue.

 

Now this is the information we’re after.

It’s well known that hormonal imbalances may be the cause of problems such as PCOS, endometriosis, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, PMS, dysmenorrhea, cyclical acne, mood swings, and various other complaints.  

Recently, the term “estrogen dominance” has increasingly been put forward as an explanation for most, if not all of these issues.

The question that often goes unanswered is, “what caused the hormonal imbalance in the first place?” 

The reason many women seek a functional doctor is because most conventional allopathic practitioners not only fail to address this question, but they utilize methods that rarely correct the underlying problem, merely suppressing symptoms while causing new, more sobering illnesses.

Naturopaths, functional medicine doctors, chiropractors and other holistically-minded physicians often do address the question, but solutions are very difficult to come by.

Explanatory theories include the influence of toxic, estrogen-like hormones in our environment, drugs and medical treatments (especially hormonal birth control), nutritional deficiencies (especially low fat diets), or nutritional excesses (especially foods containing phyto-estrogens like soy, or polyunsaturated fatty acids).

Treatment usually involves expensive supplements (often with questionable additives), synthetic hormone replacement therapy, strict and difficult diets, and generally lots of expensive and time consuming follow-up tests to monitor progress.

Now let’s look at homeopathy.

Given that it has seen 230+ years of practice in Europe, the U.S., South America and India, long before theories of which hormones might be causing what, it has effectively cured these conditions without rhetoric.

 In other words, homeopathy addresses root causes without needing to know what that root cause is.

Why? Because symptoms never lie…they present in the same way, regardless of explanations. The nom de jour matters not, whether it’s labeled as “estrogen dominance”, “progesterone dominance” or even “hysteria” (as it used to be called a century ago).

Using the Banerji Protocols, or what I call practical homeopathy, all we need is the diagnosis (conventional, that is) and a few symptoms.

 From there, it’s practically paint by numbers.

I’m not a physician, so I don’t diagnose, but a diagnosis from a physician can be, and often is, required in order to make a good remedy selection.

In Elle’s case, her diagnosis was clear. She had leukorrhea, fatigue, vaginal pain and flooding.

Here are the homeopathic medicines she took:

  1. Kreosotum 200c every other day for leukorrhea
  2. Sepia 200c every other day for her menses, fatigue and vaginal pain.
  3. Ammonium Carbonicum 200c every other day for ailments related to the use of synthetic hormones, and to ease her menopausal transition without props.

Within a few months, Elle was off the synthetic, bio-identical hormones, the discharge was gone after about 2 weeks, and her menses became more regular and lighter. The vaginal pain persisted, but to a much lesser degree.

Her energy was evident and with a lilt in her voice, she verified that it was back to the way it had been years prior. After several months of following this regimen, she was able to stop using the homeopathics and was on her way to her post-menopausal years without patented drugs or any plaguing symptoms.

Homeopathy treats the presenting symptoms and the diagnosis, regardless of the theory behind the cause, and regardless of whether we understand which hormone is causing what symptom. Instead, it assists the body in finding its way to correction.

Just like what these homeopathic medicines did in the 1700’s, 1800’s, 1900’s and into the 21st century, the very same medicines will do their good work now to correct hormone disturbances, notwithstanding today’s justifications of the synthetic, bio-identical alternatives.

This is why I love Banerji Protocol (or practical) homeopathy.  It’s not capricious, nor dependent on the latest version of medical theories…AND it can be figured out and applied with just a little knowledge.


 

I have been where you are now. I’ve dieted, taken supplements, bio-identical hormones, essential oils, herbs – but nothing, nothing has ever come close to the reproducible, safe, and effective results I and my clients have achieved with homeopathy. To see the full syllabus for my Feminopathy course and read the testimonials of other women who have been helped by my Practical Homeopathy methods, click here.

 

I 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.

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


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28 thoughts on “Estrogen Dominance and Other Red Herrings”

  1. Laurie says:

    I have been in homeopathic care for awhile. I have just been diagnosed as osteoporotic and I get hot flashes frequently throughout the day. I am also easily overwhelmed and I have been using Sepia MMK for quite sometime and recently went off of it and there was not a bit of difference. It is obviously not working for me. Oh and I am post menopausal.
    I would love to take your course but being Canadian it would cost me about $650 rather than the $487. Maybe later I can afford it. So glad you are doing it. I hope many women will be liberated by this course.
    Many blessings!

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

      Hi Laurie, Thanks for your comment. I’m sure know that if a remedy “didn’t work”, it means the remedy was ill chosen. Also, I know the American-Canadian exchange is pretty out of balance these days, but should you be interested, we offer payment plans.

      I wish you the best and know that I plan to cover female issues on my blog from time to time, that I hope will help.

  2. Maggie says:

    I would love to do the course, but I have satellite internet with a limited amount of uploading. I don’t think I can do webinars without running it out. (I assume a webinar would be like watching a movie.) Any other way I can access the course?

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

      jill, from our office will call you shortly.

  3. Cheli says:

    Joette, brilliant as ever. I often wonder how I lived without my homeopathy kit for so long… not to mention all the knowledge I’ve gleaned from working with you and reading your articles!
    I would be lost these days without homeopathy!

    Love always, Cheli

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

      Thanks Cheli! ‘Love hearing from you.

  4. Wendy says:

    My friend is 30 years old, has 4 children ages 8 yrs. – 9 months old. She has a dull pain internally just above her pubic bone all the time, but if that area gets pushed on, as it often does with small children, she has severe pain Intercourse is very painful, is not vaginal, but higher up inside. She uses a copper IUD for birth control, but she was having pain before she got pregnant with the last baby. She has slight bloody discharge occasionally.The doctor told her that is was most likely endometriosis and she would need to have a hysterectomy soon.
    Would Sepia 200c every other day for her pain and Ammonium Carbonicum 200c every other day for ailments related to the use of synthetic hormones be the remedies I should recommend for her?

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

      This case is complex and would require the expertise of a seasoned homeopath or at least someone who has studied such.

      My question would be, why would someone use the kind of birth control that could potentially cause more problems (and has been shown to do so repeatedly) with these existing problems?

  5. Sandy says:

    I had a success using the methods in your article. I am 61 and have been on “bio-identical” estrogen for about 17 years, and progesterone longer than that. I had never been able to get off of them before because I would get so stressed and get hot flashes and feel miserable just being off for a day or two. I did your course Good Gut, Bad Gut a few months ago, I started on a protocol for hypo-thyroid. I started to feel better, so was trying to reduce the estrogen but could not. I took the Ammonium Carb a few times, but had a few reactions when I took it. Being new at this, I wasn’t sure if I should continue with it, and stopped it. At the same time, I also took sepia 200. I only took it a couple of times a week, and its only been a few weeks, so I am pretty astounded that when I ran out of estrogen for a few days, waiting for the next batch to arrive, there were zero hot flashes. So I decided to try going without it another day. Same thing. Another, same thing. Day after day, NO problem, and feeling good. I would say I am successfully off the bio-identical hormones. I was hardly even trying this time. It only seems like a short while since we had our free 15 minute conversation. I’ve learned a ton since then and am getting results on myself and others. Left and right, getting results with your help. Now I moved on to a different sleep remedy in your other article (nux vomica) and am starting to think I am getting rid of anti-biotic damage and starting to think that was the genus of the sleep situation. Its coming together. Thank you so much!!

  6. Ilora says:

    My daughter is 15 years old, and was diagnosed with PCOS almost two years ago. she gets hers period every 35- 40 days which lasts for 5-7 days. She has excess hair growth all over her body, especially her face and legs. I didn’t go for a homeopathic treatment yet. Also, allopathy doctor has not given her any medication. I am wondering when would be the perfect time for her to start a homeopathic treatment, since she is still at a growing age. Could you please give me a few suggestions?

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

      We usually begin homeopathy at the onset of a condition regardless of age.

  7. lisa says:

    Hi, I have PCOS, with weight gain, acne and some facial hair growth. Surprisingly my menses are pretty regular, but heavy. I have been taking Metformin and Spirolactone for years. I hate the way they make me feel, but they do help my symptoms. What would be a good homeopathic remedy to start for PCOS with insulin resistence?

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

      I teach how PCOS and related conditions are treated using homeopathy in my course, “Feminopathy”. Should you be interested, feel free to go to Courses.JoetteCalabrese.com and scroll down the page to “Feminopathy”. Menorrhagia is also covered in this course with follow up methods, potencies and frequencies.

  8. Bea Coleman says:

    Is leukorrhea the same thing as bacterial vaginosis?

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

      They’re not the same. I urge you to look it up in a medical dictionary.

  9. sahmpaw says:

    Would this protocol be `a propos for someone who is much younger than Elle but the doctor is saying get on HRT (progesterone)? Is this what Elle could have taken before she went on bio-identical hormones? Just trying to understand it all.

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

      I don’t understand your question.

      1. sahmpaw says:

        For a woman 10 years younger than Elle would the protocols be appropriate if she had those same symptoms?

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

          It’s certainly possible.

  10. Lisa says:

    Would Sepia address abdominal bloating if going through change of life as a woman?

  11. Deepa says:

    Hi,I am a 48yr menopausal woman with cervical hysterectomy and ovaries intact. Going through Hormonal Imbalance. Unable to loose weight with diet and intermittent fasting. My main concern is Very low libido, severe Hairfall, irritability, vaginal dryness, vaginal pain and fungal infection. Can Sepia help me? Can I use Dr. Reckweg Sepia 200 drops and in what dosage? Thanks…

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

      I can’t tell you what will specifically help you on this forum but if you decide to use Sepia 200, the number of pills that comprise a dose will be printed on the side of the bottle.

      1. Nora says:

        Wondering what you recommend for PCOS in a teenager with weight gain, irregular periods and higher testosterone level?

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

          I recommend that you take my course Feminopathy where I teach this in full.

  12. Robin says:

    Just to clarify – bioidentical progesterone is not the same as synthetic progestin. The ingredients, hormone source, and side effects are drastically different.

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

      I consider them synthetic because they’re concocted in a lab. In other words, they were not picked and taken in tincture, nor drawn from an animal and ingested. They may act differently from the previous generation of hormone replacement drugs but they’re certainly not natural which is what the term intends women to believe.

  13. Ev says:

    Hello Joette,
    You are a brilliant woman, thank you for all you do. I was wondering what can be done for cortisol rushes in the middle of the night that wake me up. My legs are weak because of the lack of sleep and I feel that my leg muscles are deteriorating. I also have cystic breasts. I’m taking oral progesterone and have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Where do I even start?

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

      As for information on dealing with progesterone, and the endocrine system in general, my course “Feminopathy” may be of use to you. But without taking your case, it would be difficult for me to direct you more fully.

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