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Is Homeopathy Safe with Allopathic Medicines?

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

December 10th, 2017  |  12 Comments

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Homeopathics safe with Allopathic Drugs


“Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”

If you are a parent, I’m sure you are all-too-familiar with repetitive questions.

Yes, some of them can definitely get annoying.

But, some of them help to determine what subjects may not be understood well enough. Such is the case with the repetitive questions I receive from you … on our Facebook page and in the comments of our blog posts.

One I get quite often is, “Is homeopathy safe to use with allopathic medicines?”

Please understand, I cannot give you a definitive answer because I am not there with you, and I am not your doctor!

But, in my experience, I find that they work nicely together. It does seem that many doctors and uninitiated family members are afraid of using them concurrently because they don’t understand homeopathy.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say you want to use Arnica montana after a surgical procedure to reduce bruising and swelling. Your well-meaning doctor or family member might look up Arnica on the internet and warn you to hold your horses — Arnica can cause bleeding!

Well, it can — in its original, gross form.

However, if you understand homeopathy, you know that the reaction a substance causes in its gross form will be resolved by manufacturing a homeopathy medicine out of it (through dilution and succussion).

So, your family member might be unnecessarily cautious because they don’t quite grasp homeopathy. They are only looking at the very tip of the homeopathic iceberg. You’re not planning to eat the arnica flower, but these concerned advisors are simply considering the original plant, without understanding the rest of the homeopathic formula.

The hallmark of homeopathy is the potentization process. That is what homeopathy IS! We are not using a substance as an herb or as its original material. No. It is transformed. There is a pharmacological, mathematical, scientific process that is carefully followed (and FDA regulated) to make medicine from a potential toxin.

For instance, there is a product made by Alpine Pharmaceuticals called SinEcch™. It has been used for many years by plastic surgeons to control swelling and bruising. (Sine is the Latin term meaning “without,” and ecchymosis is the medical term meaning bruising. Hence, SinEcch™.)

It was developed by Michael Quinn, a conventionally-trained pharmacist, who started Hahnemann Laboratories, Inc. in 1985 in California. You might think of it as a “dressed-up” Arnica, and the reason so many plastic surgeons swear by SinEcch™ is that he taught them how to use it. Those doctors now understand the safety and efficacy of this homeopathic medicine and have no concern about prescribing it concurrently with surgery and general anesthesia. 

If you have reticent doctors or family members, I empathize with you. I understand how hard it is to bring the naysayers around. It takes guts, spunk, and moxie!

So, let me just say this, and perhaps it will help you appeal to them: A scientific mind is one that is not closed. In my opinion, doctors, as scientists, should remain open! I don’t mean that they have to study homeopathy, but they at least have to be open to the notion that a long-proven medicine could be effective. At the very least, they should look into it — as a scientist.

Getting back to my original point about questions, I have collected quite a few others you have asked me regarding homeopathy and surgery. So, join me here on my blog page next week, and I will address some of your most often asked queries.


P.S. I’m sure you’ve already tried your best to introduce everyone you know to homeopathy. But unfortunately, sometimes a lone voice can be unconvincing. Gateway to Homeopathy” is a guided study group curriculum that I’m convinced is emphatically more productive than studying alone — because you share vibrant conversation, swap success stories, and answer your mutual questions together

By including a skeptic or two in your study group, you can allow the simple-to-follow curriculum to demonstrate that this is not just your narrative. In fact, those in the class who come with enthusiasm will do the convincing for you. 

Each week as members report their successes, I guarantee your skeptical friends will become more intrigued. Meanwhile, their skepticism helps round out your own critical thinking … a skill we all need to embrace.


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.

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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.

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12 thoughts on “Is Homeopathy Safe with Allopathic Medicines?”

  1. Aeiza Chishti says:

    So interesting! Just got your materia medica a few days ago!!! So thoughtfully done with so much clarity! Worth its weight in gold!! From the high paper quality to the engaging writing style, it makes it approachable to learn on so many levels! This will definitely give me confidence in choosing remedies as well as confidence in joining a study group in the coming months. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  2. Narendra says:

    Hi Joette. Your short and sweet reply, to a common question, Is Homoeopathy safe with Allopathic medicine? sounds perfect. In fact Homoeopathy and Allopatic medicine can become complementary and supplementary to each other in certain cases, depends on the doctor who prescribes. The side effects of Allopathic medicines can be taken care by Homoeopathy. This I have learnt from my Homoeopathy Doctor which I share with you. Thank you. Narendra.

  3. Susan says:

    Hi Joette, I wanted to tell you that finding you has been such a blessing to my family. Thank you for all of the free information you post on your blog. I dabbled with homeopathy in the past using Oscillococcinum and arnica, but have now started using your protocols for coughs and colds and we have already fought off several this season. I wish I get could get all of my mother friends on board, but their is definite paradigm shift hesitation. I will keep trying! Thank you again and Merry Christmas…Susan

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

      Keep up the good fight! Merry Christmas Susan.

  4. Gay H. says:

    Hi Joette! I’ve read that homeopathic Arnica can interfere with an anesthetic if taken before a surgery. Have you seen any evidence to this? Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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

      I’d love to see that statement. If you can find it, pls send it along to me.

  5. Gay H. says:

    Hi Joette, I wasn’t able to get a dialog box to reply in the thread, but here is the article which mentions an interference of arnica with an anesthetic. I looks like it is based on this vet’s experiences. https://vitalanimal.com/after-tooth-extraction/#more-6242

    The comment from the article reads: “Caution: Pre-Op Remedies May Be Dangerous
    As I mentioned to the listeners on our Drs. Hours chat, I discourage the use of pre-op remedies (usually arnica) in the animals getting ready for surgery. It doesn’t happen in every case, but there have been a number of reports of horrible difficulty maintaining a state of anesthesia in those animals who received arnica before surgery. How’s that look?
    OMG, he’s moving! He’s got to be feeling this! Turn up the gas, STAT!”
    Hypericum may well have similar cautions, especially if the time between dosing and actual physical insult is longer than a minute.”

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

      Ok, I take that back. I have read where surgeons believe that Arnica can cause bleeding during surgery and responded with a knee-jerk reaction to your comment thinking that was what you were referring to. Although I’ve not read or heard of Arnica keeping anesthesia from acting, I suppose its possible given this accounting by the vet.

  6. Diana says:

    Doctors are often confused about homoeopathy and say “it is not strong enough” to deal with whatever is going on. Some years ago I had a varicose vein removed, when going for the pre-op check up the Sister advised me to take arnica beforehand to help with the bruising. It helped & I healed very quickly. When going to have a hernia procedure I took arnica prior to surgery. It was a tricky procedure as it was basically a repair to a hysterectomy so the incision was vertical on abdomen. Beforehand, the surgeon told me not to be alarmed afterwards by severe bruising as I was a red head! When the pressure dressing was removed the sister remarked I had hardly any bruising and I told her I had taken arnica prior and post surgery. Her reply was “oh well done! I wish more of our patients would do that”. She had used it herself after her caesarean. When a Registrar asked how it was spelled and look it up, I told him I was taking it homoeopathically and not going in the forest, picking the leaves & making tea! I have had great success treating my animals. I love your blogs – thank you so much!

  7. Indeed a great post.Thanks for sharing with us.I would love share this post.keep posting.

  8. abhinavayu says:

    Thanks for sharing it

  9. dmorlawars says:

    homeopathy is a safe treatment. It has no side effects.
    Homeopathy has always cured diseases and conditions of its roots. Their way of handling conditions which conventional medicines are unable to cure completely is wonderful.

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