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Sprains, Strains and Pains

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

January 8th, 2023  |  7 Comments

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No, seriously, OUCH‼

We’ve all experienced sprains at one point in our lives — ankles, wrists, knees, elbows. Ouch! Right? Sprains and strains can happen in an instant yet leave weeks and weeks of painful recovery.

How can something as simple as a misstep, a slight fall or an overextension of a joint cause such misery?

The Mayo Clinic defines the difference between a sprain and a strain thusly, “a sprain injures the bands of tissue that connect two bones together, while a strain involves an injury to a muscle or to the band of tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone.”

They go on to advise, “Initial treatment includes rest, ice, compression and elevation.”

That’s excellent common sense, but they missed the opportunity to add a surefire method to address sprains: homeopathy!

While I’d love to tell you that the photo for this blog post is a stock shot, it’s actually one of my team member’s ankles from right before Thanksgiving. Tracey’s story — and she’s sticking to it — is that she tripped while rushing into a busy intersection to rescue a small, wounded animal from oncoming traffic.

(What really happened? Well, let’s just say she misstepped when standing up from the sofa because her leg had fallen asleep, and she proceeded to go down in a heap on the living room floor, rolling her ankle in the process! Unfortunately, as is often the case, the truth is less heroic … and much more klutzy!)

But no matter how the injury occurred, as you can see, her sprain was a doozy. Everyone around her thought it would take months to heal fully. But guess what?

In less than two weeks, her ankle looked like this:


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No pain. No swelling. No inability to bear weight. Full mobility with only a teensy spot of the old bruise. It was almost as though the injury had never happened. Athletic friends were gobsmacked, as they knew how long that type of injury can take to resolve!

How did she do it, you might ask? (And before you assume it was simply the healing power of youthful vigor, let me tell you that she’s in her sixties. So, no, that wasn’t it!)

Tracey used homeopathy!

Immediately after the injury, she utilized Arnica montana 200. Obviously, the damage was rather severe. So, meeting the severity of the injury with the frequency of the medicine, she employed Arnica several times during the first few hours and then twice a day for the next couple of days.

However, from my blog post, Royal Pains, Tracey also remembered reading about Ruta graveolens 6 or 30 for sprains (and strains). So, she added Ruta 30 to her twice-daily schedule.

Indeed, Ruta is a spectacular medicine for injury to tendons and, undoubtedly, was responsible for her swift and complete recovery.

She also had a Ruta graveolens first aid cream on hand, and now she swears by it! The pillule form of homeopathic Ruta would have certainly done great work alone. But Tracey observed that the cream also added an extra “boost” of homeopathic attention that more fully eliminated the pain. I certainly can’t argue with her results!

One important note: Following my teachings, she also saw a conventional medical doctor to get an ankle X-ray. Had the ankle (or one of the myriad foot bones) been broken, she would have needed it to be properly set before utilizing a different protocol for bone breaks. Once again, this illustrates the hand-in-glove fit of a conventional medical diagnosis with homeopathic medicines!

Wintertime, with the ice and snow, is known for slips, falls, sprains and strains. Whether out on the ski slopes or just trying to walk to the car, we must be especially mindful. (Apparently, living room sofas should als be on the “dangerous” list.) But when accidents happen, thank goodness we have homeopathy.

So, add Ruta graveolens to your homeopathy kit, most likely in the versatile 30th potency. Then, when a friend or loved one is injured, it’s a perfect opportunity to pass on the good news of homeopathy with a medicine that will relieve their suffering.



Joette Calabrese

P.S. As the new year gets underway, consider joining my private Mighty Members group. There, I feel free to share additional information on medicines, current events, personal discoveries and so much more. For instance, I’m making a note right now to discuss another use for Ruta graveolens that may surprise you! (Something Tracey unintentionally benefitted from as she tended to her ankle injury.)

And later this month, I will be starting a new series for my Mighties called “Joette’s Bookshelf,” in which I’ll share titles from my library — books that have shaped my thinking!

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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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7 thoughts on “Sprains, Strains and Pains”

  1. Sandra Levy says:

    Re your comment on rest, ice, etc., the RICE protocol has been challenged, and its inventor, Dr. Gabe Mirkin, agrees with the challengers. You can read about this in a book called Iced, written by Gary Reinl with a foreward by Dr. Mirkin. What struck me when I read the book was that in homeopathy we pay attention to what the body wants, and in the case of sprains that might not always be rest, for instance, as we know from success with remedies like Ruta and Rhus Tox.

  2. Jerri says:

    I’m thankful I found this now. I am over 200 Lbs even though I have lost 40 and counting on WAPF diet changes. I was at my son and new daughter-in-law’s gender revealing party throwing darts at pink and blue balloons. I twisted my ankle (8/29) 5 months ago. I just heard about homeopathy. I can’t afford to go to conventional doctor, don’t have insurance, etc. It took months to be able to walk on it again. Now my heel just started to hurt a week ago and I can’t hardly stand to put pressure on it and in the last week it spread to the outside of my foot also, I have been taking symph off 6, Bry alb 30, rhus tox 30, I can step on it better now, but still very new and will accept any help I can get. We get a few remedies at natural grocers when we can. Didn’t know how to order from homeomart.com(India). But I’m thankful for stumbling onto your articles in WAPF (new to that, too). 🙂 Also had 7 Mercury teeth removed and have 4 more to go and a bone graft as Flouride and Mercury disintegrated my jaw bone trying to grow more to keep in partials if possible (not happy with my ignorance of obeying husband’s family and pulling my perfect wisdom teeth out at 19 because they might become a problem trouble ever since

    1. Angie says:

      Hi Jerry, May I ask you what you mean when you say “pulling my perfect wisdom teeth out at 19 because they might become a problem trouble ever since”? Do you think, or know, that the fact of pulling your wisdom teeth at 19 was a cause for your tooth problems now? I have a 19 yr old and we are exactly at that point in life- where dentist suggest to remove them! Please advise. Thank you! 🙂

      1. julia says:

        don’t take the teeth out, talk to a biological dentist, every tooth is connected to an organ, you have them for a reason, as long as something is wrong with them, leave them in.

  3. Cheli Bremmer says:

    Hello Joette! I will never forget when I sprained my wrist and you asked, “Does it hurt more when you move it?” And yes! As such the remedy for me at that time was Bryonia. Stopped the pain right in its tracks.
    I haven’t had much luck with Ruta. I often think I have repetitive motion strain, but Ruta doesn’t seem to help me. Possibly not my rem.

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

      Hi Cheli,
      It’s not about not being your rem or being your rem; it’s about being the correct remedy for the condition you’re suffering with your associated symptoms.
      If Bryonia was helpful in the past for a similar set of circumstances, then it’s a good place to start.

  4. Donna Greco says:

    Hi Joette, I have recurring pain in my ankle from an old injury (several years ago) that was an avulsion fracture. Sometimes it hurts so much I cant sleep because any strain on the tendon causes pain. I also feel pain in the groin area of my hip and knee. Wonder if these pains are related, and if RUTA would help, even though its more of a chronic condition causing the pain. Any thoughts?

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