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Estrogen Dominance and Other Red Herrings

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

November 8th, 2015  |  41 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 40s when she wanted to cease relying on bioidentical 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 phytoestrogens 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 200Cir?t=homeopathywor 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0006ONF6Q 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, bioidentical 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 1700s, 1800s, 1900s 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, bioidentical 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, bioidentical 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.


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.

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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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.


41 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?

    2. Kate says:

      Joette, thank you for sharing vital information on this blog! You’ve helped me so much. I’m at the point of needing ablation for prolonged menses and flooding with bright red blood and clots. Arnica 200 stops flooding but in terms of daily support would every other day with ammonium 200 or would you suggest taking it more frequently? It has reversed my anxiety and general depression.
      Blessings for you and your family,

  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!!

    1. Cindyy says:

      Hi, What protocol was it you began for hypothyroid?
      All of what you mentioned above is exactly what I am experiencing. Thank you.

  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.

    2. cis says:

      Hate to break it to you but…
      your ovaries are NOT intact.

      Even if the ovaries were left there during the hysterectomy, they will shut down… within 5 years (at most).

      This is clearly shown in the research literature.

      I wish women did not have hysterectomies,
      doctors need to stop putting them forward like “the only solution” and they need to stop lying about the consequences to ovary function.

  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.

  14. Manisha says:

    Is there any E Book written by Joette calabrese on Womens Health, to start with if one doesn’t want to start a Full Course right away?n Big Thank you for sharing Wonderful Articles coz Hormonal Imbalance related issues in Women are so common yet hardly any Genuine Guidance Women get from Senior Women Health care practitioners??..

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

      I have not written a book on the subject. Only the course.

  15. Lexi Chassiotis says:

    I’ve always had flooding, pain etc. Even when I drop estrogen and get my progesterone up, nothing changes. I’ve adhesions galore through that area from perontinitis with appendicitis then 3 cesarean. Homeopathy I’d great but this is one area I’ve never gotten on top of. Do you have any ideas for that? I’ve had ultrasounds which say adenomyosis, doctor says endo. On the pill at the moment to wipe out periods as I’m too anemic

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

      What you describe requires a full case taking. However, should you be interested in learning, each symptom you’ve listed as well as the overall condition is covered including protocols and case management in my course titled “Feminopathy”.

  16. Katie Nathan says:


    I would love your opinion on what I should do homeopathically in regards to staying free of endometriosis. I am a 39 year old hopeful mom who has not been able to conceive. I have been diagnosed with PCOS, a tipped uterus and had surgery last month that removed a fybroid (sp?) tumor (2), one from the wall of my uterus and some endometriosis. I have been told by the medical doctors to not get pregnant for 6 months because my uterus will not be able to handle it, it needs to heal. I have also been told to go onto a drug/fake hormones to keep me from developing more endometriosis and needing to have surgery before proceeding to artificial insemination. I have also been told that if I do conceive, I will have to give birth cesarean, which I know is not as healthy for the child and therefore I do not prefer.
    I do want to avoid having surgery, I would prefer not to go on hormones to avoid endometriosis growth and I desire to get pregnant. What would your advice be?

    Thank you for any input in advance,
    I’m desperate and looking for answers,

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

      I can’t offer personal advice on this forum. If you’d like to work with me personally, you may contact my office. You may also wish to consider my online course titled “Feminopathy” where I cover specific protocols for what you describe.
      Homeopathy has a rich history of protecting women from superfluous surgery.

      Should my suggestions here not be to your liking, consider getting a 2nd or 3rd opinion before submitting to drastic measures.

      1. cis says:

        I love your response.

        Firm but helpful and caring.

        As a therapist, I have to applaud.

  17. Monica says:

    Hi Joette
    I was wondering what is the protocol for estrogen dominance ?
    Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      We don’t use such to determine a medicine. We use the name of the condition the person is suffering from. You don’t say “OMG, this estrogen dominance is so uncomfortable.” no, you say “These hot flashes make me crazy.” or “I can no longer fall asleep at night.” or “I can’t seem to lose weight no matter how hard I try.” THOSE are symptoms and conditions; not “estrogen dominance”.
      Homeopathy is revolutionary hence it requires that we think differently.
      I urge you to consider my online course that covers what ails women including each protocol and how to construct a schedule titled “Feminopathy” found here https://courses.joettecalabrese.com/

  18. Judy says:

    Would Sephia or AC help with the unexplained weight gain that comes with perimenopause? And how long should these homeopathics be taken for?

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