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The Funny Bone is NOT FUNNY

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

February 14th, 2019  |  16 Comments

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The funny bone is NOT funny.

In fact, it is neither funny nor is it even actually a bone! It’s a nerve — the ulnar nerve, to be precise.

So how did it get such a misleading name? Some theorize because the name of the connected bone in the upper arm is the “humerus.” (‘Love that play on words.)

But, regardless of how it came to be called the funny bone, we all know it is not even remotely amusing when we accidentally hit our elbow on a hard surface.

The ulnar nerve runs down our arm and is responsible for sending signals from our pinky and ring fingers up to our brain. And boy, does the signal go ballistic when the elbow is bumped, and the ulnar nerve is activated.

The results range from sharp, shooting pain to odd sensations such as numbness, tingling or formication (the feeling of bugs crawling on the skin).

We know our first choice of remedy for any nerve condition — especially those presenting shooting pains — would be Hypericum 200 twice daily. It’s not the only remedy choice, but it should most often be the first one we consider.

Thankfully, it usually goes away quickly after an accidental bump, but unfortunately, some people experience this discomfort and pain consistently. That’s definitely not funny.

Constant triggering of the ulnar nerve can be the result of an injury higher up the stream — for instance, in the shoulder. This complaint is prevalent in male athletes — football and hockey players, especially.

These players develop scar tissue in their shoulders due to repetitive injuries. Even successful surgery to repair the damage can leave the ulnar nerve in a state of persistent irritation — delivering odd sensations and shooting pains.

In fact, I’ve worked with professional hockey players as clients. One, in particular, comes to mind. For privacy’s sake, we’ll call him “Matt” (that’s a good hockey name.) After a successful surgery to correct an injury and an appropriate period of convalescence, Matt’s ulnar nerve continued to annoy him during damp, cold weather.

Think about that. A hockey player whose pain is exacerbated by damp, cold weather? For Pete’s sake, the environment they are in every day is damp and cold! Matt’s professional future required an answer his surgery and rehabilitation didn’t provide.

I taught him to use Symphytum 200 mixed together in the mouth with Calc phos 3 twice daily (Calc phos 6 may be used as a substitute if the 3 potency is not available in your area).

So, he had two protocols to employ: the Hypericum 200 twice daily for relief from the shooting pains, plus the combination of Symphytum 200/Calc phos 3 also taken twice daily to resolve the underlying condition.

These medicines are used until the pain and sensation go away. Then stop. If the feelings return, reinstate the protocols for another couple of months — “testing the water,” so to speak — to determine at what point the condition is finally uprooted.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not only hockey players who are brought to a standstill from ulnar nerve injury; it can happen to any of us.

In fact, on my private Facebook page reserved for students, recently a mom queried the group about a resolution for her ulnar-nerve-induced numbness and pain. With great satisfaction, I observed as my other students responded with the proper remedies.

Remember to scroll down and download your Remedy Card with today’s protocols. Keep the Remedy Cards handy should you (or a family member or Facebook friend) need one.

What better way to pass on the good news of homeopathy?


Joette Calabrese

P.S. I encourage you to join my Facebook groups. There is an open group available to anyone who is interested in Practical Homeopathy®.

In fact, unless something critical interferes, I hold a brief Facebook Live there on Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern. (If you can’t attend on Monday nights, all of my previous sessions are available for replay in the video section.)

But, as I mentioned previously, there is also a separate group exclusive to students of mine — just another perk of taking my courses! That group is particularly supportive and knowledgeable. There is nothing more comforting in the wee hours of the morning when you’re in a healthcare panic than finding help from a like-minded student of homeopathy.




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 “The Funny Bone is NOT FUNNY”

  1. Anita says:

    Will this work for sciatica nerve pain especially when it hits suddenly?

  2. CParker says:

    I love homeopathy! Listening to the symptoms my body speaks through is amazing. One month ago the pains started in my elbow like my funny bone had been hit and haven’t gone away. That same shoulder has issues. Now I have a plan of attack. I’ll let you know how the treatment goes.

  3. Jonella says:

    Is this combination also good for creeping numbness/swelling in the hand, or is it just used for something that begins with the ulnar nerve?

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

      Its used for nerve conditions regardless of the origin.

  4. Gina says:

    I will definitely try this combination if need be. I would like to share with you and others my recent experience in hopes that it helps others in my situation. My child started complaining about the strange feeling in her right leg. It started as stiffening calf muscle, then became shooting pain down the entire leg and developed into a tingling sensation, all within couple of days after a flu like sickness. I tried to give gelsemium since she complained of weakness in both legs but it didn’t seem to work. As she was lying in bed is extreme discomfort I remembered the jingle “if something is not right take Aconite.” As the tingling became stronger and my child was really suffering I looked up Aconite in Boericke’s Materia Medica online and under the section “Extremities” the first highlighted symptoms were “numbness and tingling”! I gave her 3 pellets of Aconite 30. After 15 minutes the tingling was gone, but the pain and stiffness of the calf muscle remained. The next day the shooting pain was gone. The day after the calf muscle was almost normal. Now she is completely healed. That one dose performed a miracle. If I had Hypericum I would’ve given it to her for the shooting pain, but I didn’t. Instead, Aconite healed her completely!

  5. Kathryn Clayton says:

    Can this be used for a burning type pain in the mouth which is possibly nerve relatec

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

      It possible but not the 1st medicine I’d consider.

  6. Kathryn Clayton says:

    Can this be used for a burning type pain which might be nerve related

  7. Stefan says:

    Do people exist that cannot take high potencies? Have you ever had someone who simply just couldn’t?

    It seems like every time I take something over 30c it just exhausts me for a week….


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

      It more likely means you’ve taken the wrong remedy.

  8. Sarah says:

    will this protocol also work if the ulnar nerve is pinched in the spine?

    1. Sarah says:

      The Symphytum and calc phos protocol

  9. Debbie Thompson says:

    My brother was paralyzed in1983 from a car accident and while at the hospital he was pulled out of the wheelchair to the ground and broke his hip. He often gets a really sharp pain in his leg, most likely nerve pain. Do you believe both protocols above would be best for him or just the Hypericum 200?

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

      I’d have to take his case more closely than this but the beauty of homeopathy is that there are no side effects so there’s room for testing. If however, symptoms get worse it is indeed time to halt the use of that particular medicine.

  10. Alys Hejl says:

    How long do you normally have to be on this protocol to get the underlying condition taken care of? I have taken it for 2 weeks so far and my condition seems to be getting worse. But I think it’s pulling it out and healing it. Just wondering how long I will need to be in discomfort for this to heal. I’ve had this pain on and off for 2 years now.

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

      I’m sorry but it would be impossible for me to comment on what you’ve sent without taking a full case. And I’m sorry again but I don’t take cases on this forum.

      Having said this if after using a homeopathic medicine the condition worsens, its generally an indication that the medicine was incorrectly chosen.

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