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Surgery: Answering Your Questions

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

December 17th, 2017  |  16 Comments

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Surgery Protocol

Time certainly flies, doesn’t it?

It’s hard to believe it was way back in 2012 I wrote the blog post entitled, Anticipating Surgery? Homeopathy Can Help. However, even though it has been five years, that surgical protocol can still be quite helpful to you.

Over time, you’ve also sent me other questions as well, both in the comment sections of my blogs and also on social media.

So, I would like to take a moment to answer some of them. Of course, I am not your doctor nor am I there with you, so I can’t address questions about specific cases. But, I am happy to help clarify any confusion you may have as you further your homeopathic education. Last week, we covered whether Arnica is safe to use before or after surgical procedures (I told you about plastic surgeons who recommend the SinEcch™ brand of Arnica to their post-surgical patients.)

Here are four other questions I hear time and again:

1.What is the preferred remedy for post-anesthesia issues?

My earlier blog post mentions Phosphorous and Nux vomica to counteract ill effects from anesthesia, such as headaches and nausea. However, I also want to mention Camphor 200 — one dose/one day. This is a powerful medicine to help clear the slate of the ill effects of anesthesia (as well as the myriad drugs one is given before, during, and after surgery).

(I teach more about Camphor on the blog Stop It! How to Antidote a Bad Drug Reaction.”)

2.Is there a special homeopathic method to address a sore throat that occurs after intubation?

A sore throat resulting from intubation is not your typical sore throat — it’s an injury! As such, there are certain remedies traditionally used for injuries; specifically, Arnica 30, a few times per day. When the pain recurs, it’s time to take another dose. For instance, if it recurs within three hours, then that’s when it’s time for the next dose.  Frequency is generally based on specific needs as dictated by pain or other presenting symptoms.

Additionally, because Ferrum phosphoricum addresses inflammation in tender areas, Ferrum phos 6 is taken in the same manner (alternating with the Arnica 30). (Remember to scroll down to download your free remedy card.)

3.What if I have emergency surgery and am not able to prepare for it homeopathically?

I urge folks to start where they can. Granted, yes, the protocol is generally designed to start the night before surgery. But for instance, 25 years ago I had a completely unexpected emergency surgery. I certainly didn’t have the luxury of starting the protocol the night before.

That’s why I was sure to take my kit with me to the hospital! I started where I was. Once I knew I would have the surgery in the next hour or so, I started with my first dose of Arnica right then. Also, my husband came into the recovery room to administer the next dose as soon as he could get to me.

4.And what about the anxiety before surgery?

I didn’t do it at the time, but I could have taken Gelsemium 6 or 30, which would have helped defend against potential anxiety of the forthcoming event. I actually just didn’t think to take it. My brain had turned to mush, as is wont to happen to most of us in a situation like that. 

I relish receiving your questions, but sadly, there’s not enough time in the day to answer every single one (although I try). Rest assured your questions don’t go unnoticed, and I hope to do more of these Q&A blogs from time-to-time. Plus, I also want to share another surgical protocol with you — after the New Year. So, as always, stay tuned!




P.S. I hope the information in my blogs and podcasts help to educate you as you endeavor to provide healthcare to your own family.

I know though, for me at least, I learned so much more efficiently and effectively in a study group atmosphere. Plus, it was a lot more fun to learn! Should you be interested,  I offer a guided study group curriculum called Gateway to Homeopathy, 

Learn more about homeopathy with your friends and family in the relaxed environment of your homes or online. My curriculum takes you by the hand each step of the way.

There are quite a few study groups starting after the holidays that you can join — or start your own! What better time to commit to learning more about homeopathy? Make it your New Year’s Resolution.



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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16 thoughts on “Surgery: Answering Your Questions”

  1. Bea says:

    Hi Joette, you mention Phosphorous and Nux vomica to counteract ill effects from anesthesia. Would you provide the strength of each and how often to take them? Thank you!

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

      Usually used in 200 and used as needed depending on symptoms.

  2. Judy says:

    Thank you! This is great! Will the camphor antidote remedies taken prior to surgery?

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

      That is the intention.

  3. Dinyar Dalal says:

    Hi Joette, I am assuming that the homeopathic medicines recommended for the ill effects of Anesthesia were established a long time ago. Over the years substances used in anesthesia have changed a lot and the new ones that are replaced have a different pathway & effect on the body. In light of that shouldn’t the homeopathic medicines also change?

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

      Not if the effects are the same. Nausea is nausea. Spaciness is spaciness.

  4. Dinyar Dalal says:

    You are right. Thank you.

  5. Robin T. says:

    I can’t thank you enough for the timely post! I had back surgery this morning and the ONLY pain I am having tonight is a sore throat. Should the Arnica 200 that I’m taking to keep surgical pain at bay take care of this sore throat or would Arnica 30 be a better choice? I just added Ferr Phos 6 so hopefully I will get relief.

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

      Usually, one potency of a medicine acts for many conditions.
      By the way, the more severe pain is after surgery, the more likely the need for Hypericum 200 or 1M.

  6. Bea says:

    Hi Joette; I’m considering a breast reduction. Is there a protocol to speed up the healing process after surgery?

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

      The surgery protocol is on my blog. Just use those words in the search bar.

  7. Narendra says:

    Joette. Your Q&A are amazing. It has absolute clarity and no confusion. Thank you.

  8. Heather says:

    My 8 year old daughter is having surgery next week. If I give her camphor afterwards to deal with all the drugs she’ll be given, can I then give her arnica, etc after the camphor? Do I need to wait a certain amount of time after the camphor dose before giving her remedies for pain, etc?

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

      The hierarchy is to use the medicines that are most needed at the time, followed by those that may or may not even be needed at all.

  9. SH B says:

    I used Joette’s surgery protocol for my own appointment with the operating table last week. In specific, I was able to speak to the anesthesiologist before going under to let him know I was a lightweight where sedating drugs were concerned and to go easy on me. Even so, I woke up in recovery with convulsive shivers in legs and arms, so as soon as I was in the car (husband driving) home, I popped a Phosporus 30C and what a quick and miraculous response! By the time I got home 30 minutes later, the shaking and disorientation was gone. I took another dose about an hour later and by evening, I was starving (had fasted 24 hours pre-surgery). No nausea ever! Read in J.T. Kent’s Materia Medica that Phosphorus is used to antidote chloroform — no wonder it worked so well! I also used Staphysagria 200C for pain in surgical incisions to good effect. Still using Arnica for bruising where drug/nutrition lines were attached to my skin. Bonus, threw the surgeon’s “Norco” rx for 30 days in the shredder as soon as I got home without ever taking one.

  10. Sarah says:

    Please send my remedy card.

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