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Is It Hot in Here? Sulphur and Hot Flashes

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

June 4th, 2023  |  8 Comments

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Is it hot in here?

How many times do perimenopausal and menopausal ladies check the setting on the air conditioner only to discover that the room is not hot — it’s just them? Plenty!

Hot flashes can range from annoying to downright debilitating! So, here’s something of a follow-up on last week’s blog post, Death, Taxes, and Menopause.

(But men, don’t turn away yet! This blog post holds some educational tidbits for you as well!)

Last week, we added Boiron’s Cyclease® Menopause to our list of must-have remedies. However, as you’ve come to expect from homeopathy, there’s more than one way to cook an egg! (I thought I’d give my feline friends a break from the age-old “skin a cat” proverb.)

Today, let’s discuss another must-have homeopathic medicine that addresses hot flashes as well as numerous other conditions: Sulphur.

Sulphur occupies a significant entry in the materia medica because it has so many uses. Even in A Materia Medica: Practical Homeopathy® for Busy Families (my abbreviated materia medica written in everyday language for moms and dads), the entry for Sulphur takes up two pages!

I’ve discussed it before in Podcast 76 as a medicine to consider for skin eruptions, especially when one has tried many other remedies and nothing is acting.

Sulphur 30 may also be worth considering for anyone who exhibits unusually foul body odor — even animals. For example, I employed Sulphur successfully with a sickly little smelly cat named Carmelina adopted by my family back in 2012.

Sulphur may also be a choice for folks who are pathologically messy, especially those who suddenly begin doing their bathroom duties in inappropriate places. (Read more about these conditions in my blog post, Living with a Pig.)

Certain gastrointestinal ailments may benefit from its use. Plus, Sulphur is my go-to inside trick for lingering colds and flu.

The depth and breadth of homeopathic medicines are astounding.  But you already know that.

Even for hot flashes, we have several choices from which to choose. There’s Cyclease® Menopause, Glonoinum and Lachesis mutus, to name a few. But let’s get back to our featured medicine of the day.

Sulphur’s keynotes are “hot and smelly,” which makes sense when we consider the substance from which homeopathic Sulphur is derived. So, what’s a clever way to remember this? Why, with the common match tip (made in part with the chemical sulfur). The sulfuric odor, the heat and the burning capabilities of the match are all qualities of Sulphur as a potentized remedy as well.

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In keeping with those keynotes, Sulphur 30 has been shown to address hot flashes, particularly when the sufferer notices any unusual odors emanating from the body, hair or breath. Odor doesn’t have to be part of the picture, but its presence confirms we’re on the right track with our medicine choice.

For this condition, Sulphur 30 is generally employed twice daily, until very much better. However, as always, if no improvement is noted, halt its use and reconsider a different medicine.

You know, sometimes people know just enough to be dangerous, yet they forge ahead as though they’re experts. Case in point: Many folks think one should get worse before getting better. To a certain extent, a sufferer may infer that idea from classical homeopathy. Classical homeopathy often states that an aggravation (or a distinct worsening of symptoms) in a condition indicates that a medicine was well-chosen.

Then there is the Herxheimer reaction, in which it’s considered a good thing when the condition gets worse (especially in skin conditions) because that means it’s going to get better. The body is purging, cleansing itself of toxins. This is especially notable in the naturopathic paradigm.

Now, I’m not saying those practitioners are wrong; I’m simply stating that it doesn’t apply in Practical Homeopathy®. Instead, if no improvement is observed, the wrong medicine may have been chosen.

But it’s a matter of degrees. For instance, if a sufferer addresses a skin issue, it’s one thing if a pimple or two pops up. It’s quite another to have a rash everywhere that’s so itchy it's maddening.

Yet, those two paradigms confuse people by declaring that a condition has to get worse to get better. Their tacit advice? “Just put up with it.”

No, no, no. In Practical Homeopathy®, when there is no improvement after giving the medicine an adequate amount of time to act, or if a worsening of the condition to a high degree is experienced, we’ve likely chosen the wrong medicine, and it should be halted.

And while we’re on the subject of “degrees,” let me add this. An occasional hot flash now and then is not a pathology to be addressed. Instead, I say we should just ride the wave. It means we’re moving through to the next stage in this glorious life God created.

However, if hot flashes become debilitating to the point that they impair our ability to accomplish our daily duties or sabotage our sleep, homeopathic medicines can be an appropriate response.

Again, it’s all a matter of degree.

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

And pass on the good news of homeopathy!

Warmly (but not hot, thanks to Sulphur 30),

Joette Calabrese


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6/4/23 Is It Hot in Here? Sulphur and Hot Flashes



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.

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8 thoughts on “Is It Hot in Here? Sulphur and Hot Flashes”

  1. Linda says:

    Do you think sulphur 30 would be a good choice for a man who gets night sweats 1 to 3 times a night where he has to get up and change his pajama top due to the perspiration?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      No matter the gender, species, age.

  2. Jean Masters says:

    Dear Joette, I look forward to your Sunday blogs. I’ll be telling a few menopausal friends about this one. When I click on either the printer or PDF icons, nothing happens. Would someone please check them?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      Close it down and try again or try using a different browser.
      If it still doesnt work, let me know.

  3. G Yeo says:

    This sounds like a valuable lesson not to be missed. Sharing a bedroom with someone who needs the air conditioner blasting all night, when you’re shivering, can be most difficult.
    However, my real curiosity lies in the area of feeling cold. My family are ‘cold frogs’. We wear an extra jacket just because we can. No objection to a fresh crisp morning, just enjoying it requires that added layer of warmth. Fingers and toes are freezing even on a mild day.
    I’m looking forward to learning the downside of body temperatures. 🙂

  4. mary anne says:

    I went through a miserable peri-menopause; sweats all day and night, weepy and short tempered, vertigo. No one explained what was happening and some women were the worst, telling me they had no problem and I was probably imagining how bad it was. It was a naturopathic doctor who listened to my story and handed me a bottle of sepia. Two days later I was feeling more like myself again. It was truly amazing.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Joette, For the last couple of years, I have been suffering from periodic bouts of “stress sweat” from the armpits – a sticky, putrid/offensive-smelling sweat that is hard to remove from skin and clothing. I don’t know if it’s induced by fear/anxiety/stress/feeling overwhelmed, but I usually feel an increase in body heat prior to the sweat … maybe peri-menopausal symptoms (I’m in my early 40s)? Would Sulphur 30C twice daily be a good place to start?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      I urge folks before they choose a medicine to read up on it in their materia medica. If you don’t own one, you’ll find some on line that are free to access.
      Having said this Sulphur is known for odors as well as over heating regardless of the etiology.
      If you decide to use Sulphur and find relief its reason enough to catapault your study of this medicine. Commence with JoettesLearning Center and scroll down to “Gateway to Homeopathy” or “Feminopathy”.

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