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Sleep Apnea

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

January 23rd, 2022  |  38 Comments

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Isabelle couldn’t sleep. No matter what she tried, she woke up repeatedly throughout the night, and her workdays were suffering.

Izzy knew about homeopathy. In fact, she’d been in one of my Gateway to Homeopathy study groups! So, she tried a few common medicines she had learned for insomnia. But unfortunately, neither Nux vomica nor Coffea cruda nor even Ignatia improved her ability to sleep through the night.

One night, after awakening with a start, she lay in bed contemplating what to try next. As her mind whirled, she listened to her husband James's rhythmic snoring. The noise stopped for a moment, and the room became deathly quiet. But then he lurched, sputtered, gasped and grunted as his breathing began again.

That’s when Izzy learned an important lesson in homeopathy. Not only does one need to choose the correct medicine, but one must also address the correct PERSON!

Yep. The problem didn’t lie with Izzy at all! It was her body’s reaction to the cacophony of James’s sleep apnea that caused her to wake up several times throughout the night!

The following day, they compared notes and realized that neither of them had been getting a good night’s sleep! Obviously, James’s sleep apnea was more disruptive than either of them had previously considered.


So, at long last, Izzy had the correct diagnosis for the correct person. Now, she just needed to choose the correct homeopathic medicine for James.

Back in June of 2021, Izzy had listened to my Facebook Live on this very topic. At the time, she didn’t realize it pertained to her family, but luckily, she had taken copious notes. So, she rediscovered that my preferred medicine for sleep apnea is Sanguinaria 200C, twice a day.

As discussed in that Facebook Live, Sanguinaria is a capital choice for a wealth of sinus and throat conditions. For example, it can address snoring, continual clearing of the throat from dust, burning sensation in the mucus membranes, excessive phlegm, post-nasal drip or sinus headaches originating above the right eye.

But aside from the appropriate homeopathic medicine, I want to impart more with this lesson to both Izzy and James, and all of my students.

When one uses Sanguinaria (just as with any homeopathic medicine for a chronic condition), it’s up to the sufferer to notice the nuances of their improvement.

Impatient folks tend to start evaluating after only a couple of days.

However, with chronic conditions, I advise not to assess immediately after beginning the use of a medicine. As I teach in my classes, we generally wait until after two months of using a remedy to assess chronic conditions. At that point, one should be able to recognize a shift in the condition.

For instance, after two months, did James say, “The Sanguinaria didn’t work because I still snore, and I still have apnea?”


While James noticed he was still occasionally snoring, it was not as frequently. He still experienced occasional moments of sleep apnea, but not as severely. He could also see improvement in his sleep quality and energy levels during the day. And Izzy was also observing those same improvements — especially because James’s sleep apnea was no longer startling the wits out of her several times a night.

So, James continued his use of Sanguinaria because he saw improvement.

He didn’t expect perfection because perfection doesn’t exist! If anyone expects a chronic condition to vanish entirely in a matter of days, then they’re reading the wrong blog!

Undoubtedly, acute conditions and infections can be uprooted in relatively short order with homeopathy. But chronic conditions take more time — and may, in fact, just fade into the background rather than be completely eradicated.

Indeed, that’s our goal — to diminish a chronic condition until it no longer detracts from our ability to live a full and productive life.

Is the condition so severe that one is suffering? Or has the condition retreated so much so that only the occasional telltale signs appear?

I’ve experienced this myself with my severe allergies! Homeopathy delivered me from the debilitating days when I basically had to live my life in a bubble. Now, I only experience rare, brief episodes of swollen, itchy eyes from time to time when the pollen is high. But I can freely live my life, and I no longer think about allergies on a daily basis.

Just remember, don’t expect perfection. Successful use of homeopathy in a chronic condition is when it’s no longer sobering enough to consider calling for medical help! The condition retreats from being catastrophic to merely an occasional annoyance.

Homeopathy works! So, be sure to pass on the good news!


Joette Calabrese


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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.

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38 thoughts on “Sleep Apnea”

  1. Heather says:

    Thank you Joette for sharing this. My husband has sleep apnea and we both deal with disturbances of sleep due to it.

    How often do you recommend administering this remedy?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Pls. read the article. I rarely discuss a condition and the associated medicine without the frequency.

      1. Heather says:

        Thanks Joette. I read the article twice before I asked and somehow I completely missed it. I am guessing since I was reading from my phone I just didn’t see it. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to respond!

        God Bless

  2. Lois says:

    I’ve had sinusitus and a cough for years. Also mild sleep apnea.Just learning about homeopathy. It sounds like sanguinaria might be right for me?

  3. Katie says:

    Wonderful! This is very helpful. How often would you recommend taking the sanguinaria? (Once a day, twice day, every other day, etc)
    Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Pls. read the article. I rarely discuss a condition and the associated medicine without the frequency.

  4. candi browne says:

    Joette- I love these little vignettes. I save them in my homeopathic computer file each named appropriately ie. Sleep Apnea. I use them all the time and share them with friends and family. Thank you so much for helping us with our health issues. I have a little suggestions for keeping our Boiron remedies organized as you suggested. I keep them in small plastic rectangular baskets (Wal-Mart). Yarn tied to top at sides, separates groups. 35 tubes fit standing up. The round self sticking labels kept falling off. Now I paint the bottom with white acrylic paint. When dry I write my abbreviated name (ie. Nux Vom = NV) & strength. They’re easy to see & never fall off! Your suggestion to get organized saves hours! Thank you. I feel safe & protected. candi

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Candi, Send a photo. I’d love to see and share it.

  5. Miranda says:

    My husband was oblivious to the fact that he had sleep apnea. It wasn’t until we were married that I noticed the problem. He had it for years. He would have 2-4 episodes an hour while he slept. He was never well rested after a night of sleep. Back in December of 2021 as I lay awake listening to him breath – or lack of it. I said enough! I gave him a good kick, woke him up and I said tomorrow you start the BP for sleep apnea!. We have been married 5.5 years and I’ve known about homeopathy for 1.5 years…it was past time we fix this. Anyways fast forward to today I can say he is much improved!! Maybe 1-2 episodes a night now. He is better rested after a night of sleep. There is still room for improvement and we will continue the BP for sleep apnea. I am so thankful for homeopathy 🙂

    1. Kas Ghayal says:

      What is BP

      1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

        Without rereading my post it’s either blood pressure or more likely Banerji Protocol.

      2. Miranda says:

        Banerji protocol

    2. Emily says:

      Is the BP for apnea the same as what Joette said above? I have the protocol book, but it’s not listed there. Thanks!

      1. Jena says:

        I too just checked the Banerji book and sleep apnea is not mentioned there. Is Sanguinaria 200c twice a day what Banerji uses? Thanks!

        1. Eric Krohn says:

          Sleep apnea is in the book, Additional Banerji Protocols from the Clinic by Nimisha Parekh, on page 60.
          Additional Banerji Protocols lists maybe a hundred more protocols, and references by page number the ones given in the original Banerji Protocols book.

  6. Karen says:

    How would one know if they have sleep apnea? For example, in this blog, the wife wasn’t sleeping well and figured out it wasn’t her, but her husband. If one isn’t sleeping well, could it be yourself with sleep apnea or does someone else have to “discover” it for you?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Go online and read up about the symptoms. But I caution folks to not use a homeopathic medicine without knowing that they’re indeed treating what they think you’re treating.

  7. Heather says:

    Thanks Joette. I read the article twice before I asked and somehow I completely missed it. I am guessing since I was reading from my phone I just didn’t see it. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to respond!

    God Bless

  8. Anon says:

    What happened to “homeopathy will uproot the cause of the condition”? When did the message change to, “You’ll have to live with this for the rest of your life but we can somewhat reduce your suffering”?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I no longer teach how to treat only ACUTE conditions where we often witness complete uprooting. Now I spend my time teaching people like you how to treat LONG-STANDING CHRONIC conditions. And although we witness complete resolution in many cases we also witness only partial in others.
      My goal is to be transparent so that readers can make good decisions with my information.
      I urge you to read the article closely and you’ll get a better understanding of the message.

  9. barbara says:

    i was looking at SBL remedies on amazon. they seem to be all liquids, tinctures, dilutions…i’ve never used those. how do you use them? also washington homeopathics has eupatorium but it goes from 30c right to 10m!!

  10. barbara says:

    how do i look up OHM? is it a pharmacy,store or what? what’s the website, please.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      It’s available to my clients and students. If you are one, you’re automatically given access. If you’re not, I urge you to join one of my online study groups, not only for access to OHM but the benefits of meeting with others in the pursuit of learning how to use homeopathy in the special way that I teach it. I guarantee that it will be life-changing.
      Should you be interested, go to

      1. barbara says:

        i’m a mighty member.

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          In order to gain access to OHM, one must have completed the Gateway Study Group or one of the online courses.
          You’d love Gateway to Homeopathy Study Group.

  11. barbara says:

    my dog needs bifocals. i have a vet with a sense of humor. however, would the remedies for cataracts work on that as well?? or is she just stuck with needing nothing? she’ll be 12 soon so i guess it’s age related.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      The remedies for cataracts are specific for cataracts.
      Meanwhile, see if you can find books for her to read that have larger print.

  12. barbara says:

    her nose still works great. mice, chipmunks and other critters still fear her. brings home a prize once in a while!

  13. barbara says:

    i got a bottle of 90proof gelsemiam 1000c from SBL. looked at the bottle and paperwork. nothing in there about how it’s used! i’m a new kid on the block on liquid stuff. do you put drops in water, use it straight? someone give me a clue , please

    1. Pavan says:

      Two drops in a spoon of water.

  14. Debbie Carney says:

    Is this Sanguinaria Nitricum or Sanguinaria Canadensis? Also, would you use this remedy for adult and child alike- both with sleep apnea diagnosis?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Sanguinaria Canadensis.

  15. Becky Haroldson says:

    I’ve seen it listed in several posts about protocols to use them (for chronics) for 2 or 3 months before reassessing whether there was improvement. What do you do if, after say 2 weeks, you feel the condition is all better/gone (not actually reassessing, but just noticing that you feel so much better)? Do you finish out the 2 months anyway or just stop early?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      When a medicine has acted, we halt its use regardless of the amount of time that’s passed.

      1. Becky says:

        Great, thanks!

  16. Mj says:

    Is there a difference between
    Sanguinaria 200c and Sanguinaria 200 ck?
    Thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, PHom M says:

      They’re made a little differently but are generally considered interchangeable.

  17. Janet O says:

    can sleep apnea result in you waking up with racing heart? can sleep apnea occur during naps? or just during your main nightly sleep. I have heart racing each time I wake up in the morning and from daily naps.. I have read it could be sleep apnea.. but I have been taking sanguinaria for sinus but still this problem exists? any thoughts please?

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