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Update: Hernias and Homeopathy

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November 14th, 2021  |  42 Comments

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It’s that time of the year when we send our menfolk to fetch the decorations for our upcoming festivities. And off they go — up into the attic, out to the garage or over to a storage unit. (Sometimes, we get impatient and try to manage it ourselves!)

Those heavy boxes, filled with a lifetime of holiday accoutrement, may not look treacherous, but believe me … they are. Improperly lifting is not only hard on the back but potentially can result in a hernia.

You see, a hernia occurs when either fat or part of an organ slips through a weak spot in a person’s muscle tissue. This vulnerable area may have existed at birth (some babies are born with hernias), or it may have developed during adulthood due to obesity, poor muscle tone or even pregnancy.

Once it exists, this weak area can be exploited by any considerable increase in the abdomen’s internal pressure. Heavy lifting is a common way that hernias occur; however, they are not the only way a hernia can develop. Straining during bathroom duties, pregnancy, heavy coughing, even a grand sneeze can trigger a hernia. And before you know it, a measure of tissue is jutting out between the muscle fibers, causing an unsightly, uncomfortable and sometimes painful bulge.

So, do we succumb to surgery for repair? No! We turn to homeopathy.

I wrote about hernias years ago, back in 2013. At the time, I was still a practicing classical homeopath. As such, I did not share a protocol with potency and frequency in my article, Get Back in the Game: Hernias and Homeopathy. Recently, I noticed how many questions that article inspired, so I thought it wise to revisit the topic.

I continued to teach the same homeopathic medicine for hernias — Lycopodium 220 — that I discussed in that article. In fact, I used Lycopodium with much success 16 years ago on Buster the Bad Office Dog’s sister, Marcy. Unfortunately, Marcy was born with an umbilical hernia. But Lycopodium resolved her little issue in just two or three days!

However, because of my subsequent studies in India, I can now share a slightly different protocol that the Drs. Banerji used — Lycopodium 200 mixed with Plumbum metallicum 200.

What do I mean by “mixed together”? I mean pillules of each medicine placed together in the mouth simultaneously or combination pillules purchased from a pharmacy that mixes the two medicines together during the manufacturing process.

We call it LycoPlumb for short. The Banerjis observed great success when their patients used it twice daily until the herniation receded. (Scroll down for your free remedy card to help you remember this protocol.)

Going back to that earlier blog post, I noticed quite a few questions on the various types of hernias. For example, there are inguinal and femoral hernias (in the groin), umbilical hernias (like Marcy’s, near the belly button), and hiatal hernias (internal hernias at the top of the stomach by the esophagus).

Do you need to remember all that? Absolutely not!

In my years of experience with homeopathy, a hernia is a hernia is a hernia. In the Banerjis’ clinic, they were all treated in the same manner — LycoPlumb 200, twice daily until resolved.

How long will it take for resolution? Well, that depends. I think the reason it acted so quickly with Marcy was because she was a puppy. (Ah, the benefits of youth!) For an adult, however, complete resolution of a hernia may take many weeks.

But whether helping dogs, babies, pregnant women or men who lifted too many holiday boxes, LycoPlumb 200 covers the whole shebang!

A hernia is not the kind of Christmas gift you want! So, lift your boxes carefully, repack them lighter for next year and have some Lycopodium and Plumbum on hand … just in case.

And don’t forget to pass on the good news of homeopathy!


Joette Calabrese

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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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42 thoughts on “Update: Hernias and Homeopathy”

  1. Jillian says:

    My question has been if there is a need to use a remedy to repair the muscle wall after the hernia has receded so it does not occur again. Would something like Symphytum or Ruta Gr be beneficial to repair the muscle wall that allowed the hernia to bulge in the first place?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      This is the best protocol that I know to use for a hernia in total.

  2. Elvira Bontekoe says:

    Thank you so much Joette! What a timely post. My son developed an inguinal hernia just a few days ago. I looked up your previous post and read through all the comments and started him on the protocol along with belladonna for pain and calc Fluor. My husband had the same hernia a few years ago and suffered so much pain before he had surgery. This is a much gentler approach! Praying for success.

  3. Cathy Davis says:

    Thank you for the information. Will this protocol still work if hernia happened awhile ago?

  4. Diana says:

    Would this also apply to a hiatal hernia? Thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Did you read the article?

  5. Lori Yeats says:

    Curious, a protruding baseball size hernia in the stomach/ intestine area that’s been there 8 months or so, can actually reverse and heal?
    Thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Read the comments.

  6. Staci says:

    Lycopodium resolved my newborn son’s inguinal hernias (yes, two!) that were painful to him and had us rush to ER twice. I’m so grateful this medicine healed my boy when he was suffering while allopathic medicine would’ve had him wait until he was three for surgery!
    Deo Gratias!

  7. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for this protocol Joette. My son has had an umbilical hernia since birth. I will try this protocol ASAP. He also has a hydrocele (since birth). Would this protocol also help repair his hydrocele? Trying to avoid surgery as much as I can. Lastly, do you sell the combined LicoPlumb 200? Would I dilute pillules in water for my 2-year old son, or simply drop pillules in mouth?
    Thank you kindly.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      This protocol is specific for hernias.

      1. Sarah says:

        Thank you for your reply. I truly appreciate your time and wealth of information. Where can I purchase the combined LicoPlumb 200 at a reputable place?

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          If you’re a student of mine you may purchase from OHM PHarma. If not, we suggest that they be purchased separately and added as per the blog directions.

          1. Sarah says:

            The Boiron bottle says to take 5 pillules for 1 dose. Do you recommend taking the 5, or would 1 pillule be the same?
            Lastly, would you be able to give a rough guess when the umbilical hernia should show much improvement in a 2-year old? I understand you said it could takes weeks in an adult.

          2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

            The number of pillules is precisely calculated by the manufacturing pharmacy. If you choose to use less, it’s with the understanding that the effect may not be the same.
            Whether an adult or child, it could be nearly an immediate shift or take a good deal longer.

          3. Sarah says:

            THANK YOU. Last question: If my 2-year old son is unable to properly dissolve the x10 pillules under the tongue, is it okay if he swallows them whole, or should I water dose?
            If water dose recommended, what is the amount of water to mix with pillules, and amount to take per dose? For example, pillules dissolved in 2 ounces of water, give one tsp as the dose.
            Again, thank you for your ongoing care & support.

          4. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

            I don’t worry about how long the pilluales remain in the mouth. The medicines act regardless.

  8. Becky says:

    What about a herniated disc? Same protocol? Thanks for all your great info!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Not the same.

      1. Becky says:

        Ok. Thanks!

      2. Irene says:

        In that case, please what would you recommend for herniated disc?

      3. Beth Ferraro says:

        Is this helpful if a hernia has already been repaired with mesh surgically (10 years ago…didn’t know any options existed and clueless about homeopathy ☹️). Asking because now the area is suddenly feeling numb.

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          This protocol is specific for hernias regardless of age and what has been done.

  9. Kathy says:

    Thank you!

  10. Thank you Joette, very timely. What would we do without Homeopathy? My husband has quite a bad inguinal hernia which we’ve been keeping calm for over a year now. Still isn’t fully resolved and so definitely willing to try this protocol.

    I’m not well versed in the Baneerji protocol but do have Lyco 200 and Plumbum 30c in stock. Would that help to start as it will take weeks to get Plumbum 200 in from abroad? Much love.

  11. Catherine Kirk says:

    Would the LycoPlumb 200 protocol have any effect on a bladder prolapse? Many thanks.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      This protocol is specific for hernias but should you be interested, I cover prolapses in my online course titled “Feminopathy”. Here it is to check it out.

  12. Maliha says:

    One other method that can be very effective is acupuncture. I had a terribly painful femoral hernia that was quickly (three sessions) completely relieved.

    1. Maliha says:

      Although I should mention it was a very small femoral hernia.

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Acupuncture is a brilliant method.
      However, the downside is that you can’t use it at home, yourself.

  13. Elissa says:

    I’m new to homeopathy and, yes, have had a hernia for years due to pregnancy and lifting my toddler!

    Is plumbum safe while breastfeeding? Where can I get it? God’s blessings on you and your family.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Welcome! These are not drugs so the concerns are not the same.
      To find a source, click on the hyperlink of the word and it will take you to a retailer.

  14. Becky Pendergrass says:

    Thank you so very much for this article! A dear friend at church yesterday asked for pray for this very thing.
    I went to order the Plumbum and noticed there are different ones. Which one would you suggest.
    Plumbum aceticum
    Plumbum Arsenicosum
    Plumbum Metallicum
    Plumbum Silictum
    plumbum Sulphuricum

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Plumbum metallicum. It’s not a suggestion; its specific.

  15. Timbrel says:

    Internal hernias may be anywhere in the digestive tract. I just had emergency surgery after suffering with episodes of severe stomach pain and vomiting for 8 years, and having multiple tests to find the problem. Nothing showed, until I had a CT scan when I was SO sick I couldn’t eat or get out of bed for days. LIke being in active labor for 48 hours, the pain was extremely similar. The intestine was twisting and untwisting around a band of scar tissue, so if the scan had been when the organ was untwisted, they would have missed it again. My surgeon called it “a kind of hernia”, and I wonder if this would have helped. I had been taking Lyco 200 by itself very regularly for a year prior to my surgery for chronic gas and bloating, but continued to get episodes of illness. I know someone in a similar situation right now, with constant stomach pain like twisting/contracting, and nausea from the pain. No tests have been able to determine whether there is a kink in the intestine or not. I wonder whether it would be wise to take this when there is no specific diagnosis though…. There is also constipation in this case, but not dry, which is a usual call for lycoplum. I know you can’t take cases, but I thought I’d tell my story for the benefit of readers, because I had no way to connect the pain I was experiencing to a hernia, since I thought hernia’s were only visible from outside. I now have met several people who experienced the same problem, and since I live in Canada, it’s difficult to get the tests you need unless you can convince a Dr. That your pain is real, and let me tell you, they won’t believe you have unexplained stomach pain that doesn’t fit into any of their diagnostic categories. Not constipation, not anxiety, not colitis, not IBS, not cancer, they have nothing else to investigate.

  16. Jerry Goldberg says:

    Interesting article. Have noted in the clinical uses for lycopodium is rx for diverticula and aneurysm. Of note both organs have the same composition. A firm outer coat, a middle coat made of smooth muscle and an inner coat. In both diverticula and aneurysm the middle coat fails. Lycopodium works to restore the middle layer.
    It made do the same with hernias where the interstitial is failing. Of note lycopodium has a tonic effect on the gallbladder/liver which helps to maintain smooth muscle content of tubular organs.!

  17. Tania Bigbee says:

    I have been treating my husband for hernia with lycopodium 200 for several months with no change. Then recently switched him over to lycopodium and plumbum protocol. He was seeing and feeling great results soon after that, then all of the sudden he started having difficulty urinating. He quit the protocol and the urination problem stopped but then the hernia is returning. Any thoughts?

    1. Timbrel says:

      Try lycoplum once per day or every other day instead. If it is working you can begin to space doses out even more. That is my understanding.

  18. Eleanor says:

    Which plumbum ?
    PLUMBUM PHOSPH. So many choices!

    1. eleanor says:

      Sorry I read through the comments and found the previous same query.. Plumbum metallicum it is!

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:


  19. Kay Showfety says:

    I had just been to my doctor for my physical and had this weekly pain in my lower left side of abdomen for past six months. He told me it was an Inguinal Hernia and wants me to see a surgeon. Your article came to my attention just a few days after my diagnosis. A blessing indeed and message from above, I was hoping there might be something out there in place of surgery. Began using & have noticed a change for sure! Will continue until it is gone, thank you Joette for this timely information. You are most appreciated for the work you & your team are doing. Keep up the good work!

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