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From Tendon, Bone and Cartilage Problems to Healing with Homeopathy

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

November 15th, 2014  |  90 Comments

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Buster, the bad office dog, was running in the fields by our pond a few months ago, when he apparently stepped into a hole or a depression in the ground. He let out a yelp and came limping back to us. He refused to put any weight on his back leg while yelping. Our poor dog was obviously in severe pain.

Now, sometimes a dog will limp for a bit but gradually start using the leg when the initial shock wears off. Not Buster. He was not about to put any weight on that leg for any reason.

As usual, I gave him a few doses of Arnica 200 for the initial pain and trauma, about 3 times per day for a few days.

But by the end of the week, the leg was no better. Buster was not putting any weight on it, and he would nip if anyone touched his hock. Fortunately, we have a holistic vet friend who lives just minutes from us and who is an excellent diagnostician. She said Buster had a torn meniscus.

The meniscus is a “fibrocartilaginous structure,” which is a fancy way of saying that it is like a spongy pad that sits between the bones at a joint. It acts as a buffer between the bones, absorbs energy like a shock absorber and contributes to joint lubrication. Injuries to the meniscus are not uncommon in athletic dogs and are often accompanied by tears to the cruciate ligament. The most common treatment is surgery. Unfortunately, these injuries often lead to the development of arthritis, bone spurs and degeneration in the joint.

Poor Buster!

If we had gone to a conventional veterinarian, we may have been told that surgery was our only option, and it would not have been a surprise if the cost was as much as $5000.

Hence, Buster immediately started to receive Symphytum officinale 200, one of the most useful remedies in our homeopathy kit. By the way, the cost of a bottle of this medicine is anywhere from a few dollars to about $20, so the decision was an easy one to make.

Symphytum is made from comfrey, a perennial flowering plant that is sometimes considered a weed, but herbalists and organic gardeners have cultivated this plant for centuries for its medicinal uses. You may know it as “knitbone” or “boneset,” which gives you a clue to one of its main uses.

Symphytum excels at mending broken bones. In fact, we caution against using this remedy until there is certainty that the broken bone has been correctly set in place because the remedy has been known to quickly knit bone even when it is not correctly aligned.

A common homeopathic response to a broken bone is to first give Arnica 200 (or higher) for the trauma, shock, bruising, blood loss and pain, followed by Ruta graveolens (30 or 200) for several days to reduce the muscle bruising and tendon damage. After the bone has been properly set, Symphytum (30 or 200) is used to mend the fracture.

But broken bones are just the beginning.

Back problems? Knee problems? Injuries to tendons, cartilage or ligaments? Eye injuries?

Symphytum 200 answers them all, quite effectively and elegantly.

Symphytum has a sterling reputation for treating mechanical injuries to the eye, especially the orbit, from blunt force trauma.

But perhaps the most useful quality of Symphytum is that it also deals with injuries to the cartilage, tendons and ligaments that surround the bone. This makes it a useful remedy for many types of injuries, including sprains, strains, pain from overuse of a muscle, bruising and pain from a blow or fall, and arthritis.

Common problems that respond well to Symphytum include tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, twisted or sprained ankles, knee pain and joint pain, and arthritis and bone spurs. It is even specific for osteomyelitis.

So by giving Buster Symphytum, we address the immediate injury to the joint and reduce the potential for future problems.

The Banerji Protocol is to use this handy medicine in combination with other medicines to aid in many common chronic problems that plague humans and canines alike.


Here are a couple of protocols you will want to tuck away:

For a bulging disc, chronic back pain or back pain from over lifting:

Symphytum 200 mixed with Hypericum perforatum 200, taken twice daily.

For arthritis of the knee: Symphytum 200 mixed with Arnica Montana 200, taken twice daily. 

For plantar fasciitis and heel spurs: Symphytum 200 mixed with Rhus tox 30, taken twice daily.

And for torn ligaments and menisci, like Buster’s, Symphytum 200 twice daily.

These problems often take time to heal, sometimes many months, but in the meantime, the remedy also eases the pain and stiffness.

Buster is doing much better today. He is using his leg again, although he still occasionally limps. And doctor’s orders: no climbing stairs! He does enjoy being carried around. (We sometimes wonder if he’s faking the limp.)

From athletes to the aging, Symphytum can be a most accommodating remedy in your home.

Just ask Buster!


I am a homeopath with a world wide practice working with families and individuals via Skype. 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 s 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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90 thoughts on “From Tendon, Bone and Cartilage Problems to Healing with Homeopathy”

  1. Jo says:

    Interesting. Everything in mainstream medicine is painfully expensive. Glad you have an option in veterinary care. Nothing like that around our area.

  2. Susan says:

    Good morning!
    I just read about Buster and it just warms my heart that you’re taking such good care of him. It amazes me how such an easy remedy can do so much for us and our pets! I am just now learning about homeopathics and I am going to write down ailments and their remedies in a notebook. I am also going to look for books on it!

    Can I ask a question? I don’t think I have gout because my uric acid levels are always low but it seems like calcium deposits have formed at the base of my big toe and only on my right foot. Do you know of a remedy to dissolve it? My foot dr wanted to do surgery years ago but I didn’t want that so I have been living in pain since then.

    I also have to wear sandals or flip flops because any pressure on my toe makes walking very uncomfortable and today it’s going to be in the 40s and rainy in Tx so for me to wear warm boots will be awesome!

    I hope Buster continues to feel better. If he was my dog, I’d want to carry him around all day, too! He’s adorable.

    PS Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving day.



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

      I’m afraid I am not able to take cases on this blog, but will plan to discuss this subject in a future blog.

      1. Susan says:

        I look forward to seeing this topic covered.

        Thank you.

      2. Traci says:

        Good day. Thank you for the great resource with your knowledge and blog. I will be looking further. You sure wrote an inspiring and articulate description here that gives encourages confidence to learn and use homeopathic therapeutics. I wouldn’t have trusted that I could learn unless I came across your blog.

        I wondered if I could trouble you for something not covered here. Have you heard of the flluoride antibiotics? They are very dangerous. They cause tendons to burst and have all kinds of terrible damaging effects. They are over-prescribed with many horror stories. My 90-year-old neighbor has damage to his achiles tendon. It was a year and a half ago. He still has the burning pain. I find out as I am researching it for him that the statin drugs and other were/are contraindicated. They only treat the pain. I’d love to repair it for him. He also has shoulder and neck stiffiness/damage from wear and tear. He outperforms most 30-year olds. I’d really love to be able to solve this for him.

        It sounds like Symphytum 200 and/or Arnica may still work for him even though the injury is 1.5 years old. He has advanced Macular Degeneration. I am researching to put together a protocol to get him off drugs that are contraindicated for his eyes and for the macular degeneration. The rmacula/retina rapid damage at the end is what causes blindness. I have a good protocol for his conditions and the macular degeneration that I’ve almost finished putting together. The damage to tendon is the one I’m having the most difficulty with.

        Would you be able to tell me which ones you would use for the tendon (strong burning pain – tendon and muscle) and macular degeneration. I”m not sure which category these would fit into for homeopathic. I’m hoping to start this soon for him. The macular degeneration is end phase. He can’t take any chances with the rapid progression. I’ve gotta find a way for him to find relief without the drugs which present extra danger to the eyes.

        I also wonder what the best source is for value. It sounds like he will take the homeopathic a long time.

        Thank you very kindly.



        1. Courtney Ingham says:

          I’m sorry but I can’t take cases on this forum. I will share however, that it matters not how long ago an injury occurred. MAcular degeneration would be approached as a visual/eye condition while the achilles tendon would indeed be a tendon condition.

  3. Shana says:

    Tx for this article, Joette. I wonder exactly HOW u give homeopathics to a dog… dissolved in water?? Buried in food?? Both seem like they’d “ruin” the remedy. My little dog is growing numerous skin tags/warts and I wonder about giving her Thuja….

    Tx for any help u might offer….


    1. Sherri says:

      We use homeopathy for all our farm animals. There are 3 ways we have found. Take about 4 oz of water and dissolve 4 pellets in a clean glass jar with clean lid. Shake to incorporate. If the animal is approachable and gentle, you can put a syringe of the water remedy in their mouth. Just gently put the syringe in the side of their mouth. If the animal is fairly approachable but not that gentle, use a spray bottle to spray it on their nose/muzzle/mouth…any membrane will work. The final way for animals that are not approachable is to put it in their drinking water. You can buy syringes at a feed store, just don’t get the needles. It doesn’t matter if the animal is eating or not, we have found they still work.

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

      I put the remedies in the water bowl and make the assumption that he’ll drink from it approx. twice daily.

    3. Gay says:

      With our dogs I wait until they are napping then lift their lip and dump the pellets between their gum and lip. I’ll usually sit with them for a few minutes and stroke them just to keep them quite. Often times they just fall back to sleep and leave the pellets under their lip. My understanding is that the remedy is just a coating on the outside and easily comes off so even if they spit it back out after a minute or two they still should have gotten the dose. Maybe Joette can confirm or correct this?

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

        It’s the old napping- dog- method. And yes, that’s correct.

  4. Shelley says:

    Very interesting! Thanks for the information. Incidentally, when our cat had to have surgery our vet sent us home with Traumeel for his pain and healing. I didn’t know very much about homeopathy at the time, but learning a lot very quickly here. My granddaughter’s teething problem went away in 10 minutes today after giving her a remedy. My husband and I have had several problems quickly healed recently also. I am totally amazed at how well homeopathy works and really want to learn as much as I can.

  5. Sherri says:

    I have personally used Symphytum for many animal’s wounds and have seen it literally “stitch” it back together, from the inside out. It is incredible to watch. Of course, when they heal from the inside out, infection doesn’t get trapped inside, like it would if the wound was stitched. I got the idea to use it when my first serious animal wound was on a cat’s backbone…the cut was very close to the bone, so tendons and other ligaments were involved. I had read it worked on those things close to the bone, so I gave it a try. It has worked everytime since then. If it’s deep enough to need a stitch, I give Symphytum twice a day until it is totally healed up.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for another helpful article! I am grateful for all the information you share empowering this heal-at-home mother!

  7. Paula says:

    I am going to try the protocol Of Symphytum 200 and Hypericum 200 for my 21 year old daughter who had a fracture in lumbar area and who has had surgery to see if that would help the continuous pain go away. Surgery did not help. We have ruled out everything that we could think of that might be causing the pain. She has been on pain pills for a long time (not narcotics) and they only help ease the pain. She needs to get off of them. So, I am looking forward to trying this protocol. My question is how long do I give her these remedies if I am not seeing any results?

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

      As far as pain is concerned, we usually see a shift within a month or 2. Watch for incremental decreases.

  8. Lorna says:

    I’m going to try Symphytum 200 + Hypericum 200 for my mom who has been suffering from sciatica like pain in her hip and groin area.

  9. Angie says:

    What perfect timing. My dog just re-injured his ACL again! We’ve never opted for surgery, but choose to rest him until it heals. I’m going to try Symphytum 200 – hopefully it will shorten his confinement time.

  10. Hannah says:

    That’s fascinating that you can use homeopathic remedies on animals. Our dog who is a year old has always been a timid shy dog. She is also a submissive pee-er. When she is in trouble, or someone approaches her she doesn’t know she’ll squat and piddle a bit. Not fun in a wall to wall carpet house! Is there anything we can do for a sensitive, shy dog?

  11. Debra says:

    The timing of this could not have been more perfect for us. My cat came limping and crying into the living room shortly after I read this blog! Not sure what happened, but I suspect he took too deep of a jump. And same as Buster, he cried and refused to put any weight on his hind limb. I immediately gave him Arnica 30 as I had it on hand, and then headed to a store in our area that carries 200 potencies -got the Arnica 200 and symphytum 200 and began the protocol Joette listed. I called the vet and told them I was monitoring him closely. He improved visibly and steadily over the next few days, and today he appears to be almost normal. Unlike Buster, he does NOT like to be carried, and the hard part is getting him to stop his high jumping/landing! Invaluable information here, and you can bet that it is being passed on to anyone who will listen!

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

      I love animal stories because they indicate that homeopathy couldn’t possibly be considered placebo.

  12. Shana says:

    Inspired by this article, I used Thuja 30 on my small 8 yr old dog who has been growing a few warts … and after two doses, two out of the three warts/skin tags disappeared. The third is older and may take a bit longer. Told her I was going to give her medicine to help her before I gently spooned the few pellets into her mouth and she lay quite still — clearly she understood! Tx all, for this happy result!!

  13. Jean says:

    This is great! Thanks Joette. Is there an additional Banerji protocol for Baker’s cysts? I seem to get strains and sprains easily. Several professionals have mentioned very lax or loose ligaments and tendons and they have said that my body is just not designed for running. Are there remedies that would help to prevent these strains from continuing to happen? I would love to jog on a regular basis again…

  14. Jennifer says:

    Hi Joette, I’m trying to help a friend heal his meniscus cartilage. I got him symphytum 30 and it says on the bottle 5 pills 3 times a day- seems like a lot! you said symphytum 200 twice a day- how many pills should be taken each time? and how many pills per day if using symphytum 30? thanks so much you rock!

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

      Whatever the number of pills is written on the side of the bottle is equal to a dose. The reason I don’t offer an exact number in my articles is because I don’t know which pharmacy you purchased it from and each has its own pill sizes, etc. If you want to follow the protocol I discuss, it is twice daily.

      Good luck!

  15. Ruth says:

    Would symphytum be the right protocol for tendonitis? Would you mix it with any other remedies? I ask because my husband has had knee pain for over a year and just found out it is tendonitis.

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

      Symphytum is often a good choice and can be mixed with either Ruta or Rhus tox depending on symptoms.

  16. Eve says:

    Hi Joette, thank you very much for your always so helpful information. I wanted to ask you if the protocol for sciatica is safe to take during pregnancy?
    Also would like to take the opportunity to ask if there is any material of yours or that you may recommend to read on safety when taking homeopathic remedies. Are there any to be considered as “dangerous” like traditional medicine?

    Many thanks before hand and really appreciate your response

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

      Apis should not be taken frequently during pregnancy. All the rest have a reputation for being safe during pregnancy and nursing.

  17. Carolyn says:

    Love this! Would these also be effective for “growing pains” in children? That feeling of shin splints but no actual physical reason for the pain, yet seems like its a tendon/joint issue?

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

      Growing pains in children often has to do with muscles and is a different protocol. However, it seems to me that I’ve written on the subject on this blog. Try the search bar.

  18. Paola says:

    Question: if the tendon is totally ripped, do you need surgery or will the symphytum put that tendon back together? Tendons are like rubber bands and so when they rip I imagine it would be hard for the body to place it together and stitch it back together.

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

      I’ve seen Ruta, Symphytum and Arnica slowly repair a torn tendon as long as it is not stressed by use during the process.

  19. Janelle says:

    How long do you recommend using Symphytum 200 for a broken bone? Its hard to see when the bone has healed and the remedy can be stopped.

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

      Until the bone is shown via x-ray that it has fused properly or until all bone pain is gone.

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

        Until the bone is healed fully. I consider bone pain an indication that there is something remaining to be addressed.

  20. Terri Harrison says:

    We have a down cow in calf. The vet says she has the equivalent of human ACL/torn ligament in back left leg. She can’t stand on it. We were told there is nothing to be done. Just sent for symphytum 200 and will follow dosage on bottle. Twice a day? Doing Arnica 200 orally plus cream on area today. Praying for a miracle.

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

      For a torn ligament, you’re correct, but i’d also add Ruta 6,30 or 200, 2D as well.

  21. Rashmi says:

    I have been taking Symphytum200 flowed by Rhustox 30 (after an hour) but see no improvement in my heel spur. Should I mix the 2 ?
    how many times should I take?
    How many pills of each?

    Thanks a lot.

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

      THe protocol is to take them mixed together, twice daily for a couple of months. The number of pills to be used as a dose is printed on the side of the bottle.

  22. Barb says:

    Would symphytum be useful for my upper arm/shoulder area? I slept awkwardly a couple of months ago and my upper arm still hurts a lot if I get it on the wrong angle. It feels as though there is a muscle or tendon catching on something, then releasing.

  23. Laurie T. says:

    I’d love to hear what the Banerji protocol is for Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder).

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

      The medicines I discuss are those that are used for the likes of AC. If the symptoms fit, the remedy does good work.

  24. ljack4uk says:

    My dog tore her meniscus in her back leg about 9 months ago. Fortunately the doctor said it would heal if we gave it time so there was no surgery. But, from time to time she still limps – we have also been told she has bad knees 🙁 She has trouble jumping up on the couch, etc so I know she still has some issues in her joints. Since it’s been awhile, would the symphytum still do anything for her? She also has a heart issue – is it alright to give with that as well. Thanks

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

      No matter the age of the injury, if the remedy is correct, it will do the job. And you may use a remedy for more than one condition at a time. I do it all the time.

  25. i have my right knee pain as severe pain like dislocated and caries of teeth sometime during mastication whats ur recomendation about this
    thanx regard

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

      I don’t take cases on this forum, but by reading the blog, you’ll likely find what will help you.

  26. Sheila says:

    Hello Joette,

    Is a bone spur the same thing as a heel spur? My chiropractor takes x-rays to determine progress, and discovered I have a bone spur on my upper spine. Also, in the last week and a half, I realized/discovered a “knob” on the joint of my pointer finger. Is this a bone spur? I don’t have pain. My daughter and I are both learning about homeopathy through your blog, and are both going through your good gut bad gut course. My daughter told me to take symphytum 200 for it. Would this be correct? It seems to be to me? Thank you for your help. Sheila Moser

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

      I can’t tell you what to take, but I think the information I offer in this article is pretty clear.

  27. i have my right knee pain in x ray cleared uric acid 4.0

  28. Connie Hendricks says:

    Hi Joette,

    If one has a couple of the above conditions and the Banerji Protocol has Symphytum mixed with different remedy for each (such as Arnica or Rhus Tox for one of the conditions and Hypericum for the other) how would one work with this? Is it possible to mix 3 remedies such as Symphytum + Hypericum + Rhus Tox?

    I love, love, love your site — you are such a blessing! Also thoroughly enjoyed and continue to digest the info in your Good Gut Bad Gut course. I’m so excited to help those around me with that info!


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

      Thanks for your kind words. I generally use the combo that addressed the most pressing condition and allow Symphytum to act in a few different ways, even though the 2nd remedy is not included. Then give it a few weeks, at least, to see how things are going and adjust accordingly.

  29. barb says:

    joette thank you for all the info you give I had to use some of it this week I fell on my stairs fell on a stair on my back and tail bone cracked a couple of ribs immediately grabbed arnia 1m in a lot of pain then went to see doctor to make sure nothing was broken only fractured ribs bruised spine thank god so then I started taking symphytum 200 for ribs and ruta 30 for bruising after 3 days happy to say feeling lot better still on arnia 1m for some pain but getting better not sure if it will help my tail bone yet any suggestions on that but thank you again for all your help

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

      Smart lady to have these medicines on hand. Tailbone injuries are best met with Arnica as well as Hyperiucm 200 or if there’s severe pain, 1M.

  30. Maggie says:

    Joette, In a future Buster Blog can you talk about how to clear up cat dandruff? I hope Buster won’t be offended by this cat question. I have 2 cats, but only one seems to have the dandruff. Thanks.

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

      Check out my article on dandruff. Its often the same for animals as for humans.

  31. kim says:

    Would this protocol work on bone spurs in my neck and mild arthritis in my right shoulder.. I have been in pain for a year.. stupidly resorted to cortisone shots.. i was desperate and knew of nothing else.. it didnt help.im desperate. thanks. I am so glad a friend told me about you! Kim

  32. Shelly says:

    Would Symphytum 200 also be recommended for a 5lb poodle born with luxating patellas? She’s 6 years old and has learned to deal with it by giving a little kick when she runs. However, the vet has said she will eventually need surgery. I would love to avoid this for her as I worry about the side effects of surgery on her quality of life. What do you suggest?

  33. barb says:

    joette my dog has hip dysplasia is there something that works ive got him on some homeophathy that’s a mixture of homeopathic remedies and the vet is giving him dasuquin advance which has soy in it which I hate but it helps but now hes having problems again hes moving very slowly is there anything I can give him right now I have him on calcarea carb 200 once daily it seem to help for awhile then he slow down again

  34. Smbtv says:

    Could a person suffering from arthritis of the knee, General arhtritis, and chronic back pain use symphytum, hypericum, rhus tox, and arnica twice daily for two months to cover all the symptoms? I have ordered the remedy symphytum mixed with rhus tox, and hypericum mixed with arnica because of the symptoms presenting.

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

      Without taking a case to learn of the little nuances that determine what exactly to use, its probably better to separate symphytum 200 from RT. All the rest are right on.

  35. winterskykim says:

    Hi Joette, I have been taking rhus tox 30 and symphtum 200 since november 2016, 2x a day.. i do miss a dose once in awhile, but rarely. I am taking it for arthritis in my shoulder and bone spurs in my neck. I do feel alot of improvement in my shoulder, but still need more improvement, not so much in my neck. how long do i continue taking same remedy or add try something different, maybe hypericum and or arnica? Thank you, I am in one of your homeopathy study groups right now and I love it!

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

      Hypericum is specific for arthritic pain while Arnica is usually used when there’s swelling or the condition is as a result of an injury.

      1. Kimberly says:

        Thanks joette. My other question is, should I continue to take rhus tox 30 and symphtum 200 for the arthritis in my toes..bone spurs in my neck, and i also have low back pain, as they are not feeling much improved and as I said I’ve been taking for months..2x day..or should I add something else in that may help …just not sure if I need more time or more remedy or even different rremedy..shoulder is 80% better..thank you..

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

          It would require other medicines for those areas that remain, bit it would require that I take your case regarding them and I can’t do so on this forum. “happy to hear about your shoulder.

  36. Julie Swain says:

    Would you recommend rhus tox or ruta for ligament and tendon tears/injuries following an accident with broken neck and back? I have been giving symphytum 200 mixed with ruta 200 for a few weeks, but wasn’t sure if that was correct. Also, how long should you give the ruta or rhus tox and should it be 200 or 30?

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

      Ruta sounds like a better choice and of course, Symphytum 200. If using 30th potency you’re a little more free to use it more often but you might want to test it out to see where the tipping point lies upon administering one or the other.

  37. Sarah H. says:

    Hi Joette. Does Symphytum 200 work for recurrent corneal erosions? I’ve also heard about using Senega 200 for this condition. What are your thoughts?


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

      I would not consider using Symphytum for corneal erosions and have no experience using Senega for such.

      1. Sarah A Hale says:

        Do you have another recommendation?

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

          I urge you to meet with a seasoned homeopath. Certain conditions such as this require that age, etiology, and other concomitants be considered.

  38. Jonella says:

    Is Symphytum ever used for gout?

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

      I wouldn’t discount it completely but not usually.

  39. winterskykim says:

    Hi Joette,
    Thank you for all your help and the work you do. I really enjoyed meeting you at our home study group question and answer session! My question is, if you are treating chronic backpain (sym+hyp) and arthritis in shoulder (sym+rhus) and arthritis in knee (sym+arnica) would you just take the symph one dose and then every 15 min space a dose of arnica, then hyp, , then rhus tox? Thank you.

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

      Yes. its taken alone and the others would also be taken alone.

  40. debbie says:

    My son injured his left shoulder three months ago. He had and mri done and was told he has a frozen shoulder and a very large ganglion cyst in the left shoulder as well. Can you please provide a protocol
    for it. Any one else can give suggestions as well if they like to.
    Thanks Alot


  41. Heather says:

    Hi Joette. Hope your summer is starting off nicely. Our group had their first post class meeting and it went very nicely. Still learning so much. I have a trigger finger from hyper extending my middle finger last summer. In another post on your site with testimonials the commenter spoke of Rhus tox being the recommended remedy that worked. I don’t see a date on that post so not sure which is more current. Which would be the best choice, the Symphytum or the Rhus tox?

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

      Both may be used trigger finger.

  42. anaathome says:

    Hello Joette, my son sprained his ankle and has an avulsion fracture (tip of bone came off) so it isn’t a broken bone. I purchased Symphytum 200 just in case it was a broken bone. I see you said it works on ankle sprains, but does it matter if he also had the bone broken off since it is a “knit bone” remedy? The doctor said everything will just heal around the fracture since there isn’t a bone to “fix”. Thanks.

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

      Symphytum has many uses that include bone fractures, sprains and much more.

      1. Anastasia says:

        Thank you for replying. I appreciate your time.

  43. Lisa says:

    Hi Joette. I have taken a few of your courses (gateway and GGBG) and love your work. Im ready to take another one. Which class offers the most information on injuries, especially sports related? I have 2 very athletic kids plus athletic husband. We are an active family and I am building my toolbox to be able to handle injuries. So far we have had sprained ankles, bursas, hyper extended elbows, knee pain, shin splints, and achy backs. Gymnast, soccer player and hockey…need I say more. 😃 Im also a homeschooling mom so want to take kids through course as well. Which one would be the best for us to take?

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

      My course, A Survivalist Guide to Homeopathy may be what you’re looking for. Take a look on the site or feel free to contact my office and ask for Eileen. She’s in the office from 10-4:30 EST Tues-Sat. and will help you find what suits you best.716.941.1045.
      Thanks for your vote of confidence.

  44. Bea says:

    Hi Joette. I’ve had weak ankles and flat feet (I’m told this means weak ligaments) my whole life…so several sprained ankles in my life time. Can I take the sympytum 200 to strengthen all the joints/tendons/ligaments in my body? If so, any other remedy with it? Thanks

  45. Jennifer says:

    Hi Joette,

    I am currently using your protocols to heal our guts from food intolerance to gluten, dairy, and even fruit (yes,…we supposedly don’t make the enzyme needed to break down fruit or high phenols foods and if we eat them we break out in hives, coughing, rashes, fevers, irregular cycles, miscarriages, and hair loss).

    In the mean time due to years of us being malnourished due to not properly breaking down food and having leaky guts, we have weak and brittle hair. Is there a remedy to address weak and brittle hair? Thank you!!

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

      Weak and brittle hair (as well as other conditions related to food intolerances) will adjust once the gut corrects itself. Having said this, you might want to look into cell salts. I have a download or cd on the subject that covers this subject fully.

      Additionally, whenever you have a question such as this, Google my name and the name of the condition. I’ve probably written on the subject. Here’s an example: https://joettecalabrese.com/blog/homeopathic-remedies/homeopathic-tips-2/

  46. S.SANDILYA says:

    One of my friends has had her Left Thumb injured in an accident and the thumb bent backwards. While it has got straightened it is still paining. I had suggested Arnica 30 as the first remedy and she has been advised to take R55 which is a combination medicine by Reckeweg. She has been put on a slint as well for 3 weeks. Would you suggest any alternate treatment? Sandilya

  47. Karli says:

    Hi Joette-
    I am wondering about eye injuries to the cornea of the eye instead of the orbit. My 23 month old daughter has a corneal abrasion that we have been treating since she was about 6 months old. I am unsure if the Symphtom 200 would help this type of eye injury. Do you know of a remedy or if there is a Banerji Protocol for corneal health or healing? Right now, she has a partial tarrosophy (stitching together of her eyelids) and we treat it with eye ointment daily. I am very much looking forward to your response as I have not found anything in your blogs that addresses this exactly. Thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing your knowledge so generously with us!

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

      Symphytum is generally not used for abrasions and I address injuries in my guide, “A Survivalist’s Guide to Homeopathy” but the length of time indicates to me that the case would need to be taken by a seasoned homeopath.

  48. Pam Newcomer says:

    I’m taking Symphytum 200 and Rhus 30 for my feet , legs, knees and hip. I don’t know what is wrong, I stay away from MD’s. 2009 my feet gave out as I was at a street fair. Lucky for me there was a booth selling insoles which were a God send. had trouble ever since that day. Homeopath gave me something but did not help (helped restless foot). Dr sent me to PT for Plantar Fas. PT said you are not responding….not PF. Dr shrugged his shoulders….end of treatment. Over the years pain has spread up to inner ankles…calves, knees and hips. I am very active…dog walker…walk miles. I stumble in the morning because of the pain in my feet, but subsides after a few minutes. Kind of scarey for me taking pellets so often, I think I’m on day 5 or 6, no relief yet, but will continue to take. I think I have to go back and find the other one you said to add as a booster. My dog had a broken front leg, both bones (that’s why I inherited her) I told her vet I was going to give Symph and he said no, it will heal her too quickly and her bones need to come back into alignment (they did). Thanx for all you do Joette. I gotta find the flea one again too, got my Psor in the mail

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