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The Bevilacquas and Their Backaches

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

July 31st, 2016  |  26 Comments

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Family Carrying Boxes Into New Home On Moving Day


The white picket fence. The wrap-around porch. The attached garage. The horrendous pain in her back.

After a 15-hour car ride to her new home in the country, with a packed car and her four boys and little girl, Della had many good reasons to exit the vehicle.

“I can’t sit another second!” she cried as she launched herself from her seat.

Scrambling through the bags in her trunk, she grabbed her red 100 Remedy Kit and searched for the bottle that had already helped her through this type of pain a half dozen times before.

Rhus tox 30 (or 200) to the rescue! Perfect for her stiff, achy back.

Della was much better in less than an hour after just two doses of Rhus tox. In fact, she was better enough to start unpacking boxes.

Thankfully, one of those boxes contained the family’s supply of homeopathic remedies because that evening, she was happy to not have to go scrambling for it when her 8 year-old came looking for help.

“Mom, my back is sore again, like last time,” he said, pressing his hands against his lower back. Della knew it was growing pains–which always came at night, particularly around times when the boys were eating a ton.

This time, Della knew which remedy to give her son. Della’s Homeopathy Study Group friend, Laura, had told her what to use when about a month ago, he had woken up several nights in a row with the same pain.

The medicine was Calc carb 30 (though  3 or 6 potency can also be used.)

With growing kids, Della was an expert when it came to such matters.

After a couple doses, her son was off to bed with no more complaints.

As you can imagine, by this point, Della was feeling pretty proud of her homeopathic prowess!

And so she should.

Homeopathy roots out issues in ways that herbs and essential oils frequently can’t, but there is often a learning curve.

That’s where study groups have made all the difference in Della’s busy life.

She’s even gone on to take my online course Good Gut, Bad Gut, which is designed to teach moms like her how to treat chronic GI conditions.

As for the rest of that week, things sailed by with nary a complaint.

Della’s own back pains never returned, despite all of the lifting and straining (which would have otherwise put her out of commission for days.)

No surprise to Della, who has seen this happen several times in the past, these painful back issues dissolved with only a few doses of homeopathy!

However, while the kids were happily settling into their new rooms, creating the typical disasters in them per usual, things took a bit of a turn.

Guido, Della’s husband, had taken on the heroic task of landscaping two of the house’s jungle-wild flower beds and nine hours of work left him too stiff to even untie his own shoes. (Husbands, am I right?!)

Understanding Guido's tendency to overdo things, she again reached for the Rhus tox. But this time she used it in 1M; a method she learned from reading my blogs for when you really overdo it.

It has been a protocol of choice for many of Guido’s ailments, including the time (a mere month ago) when his old foe, Tennis Elbow, reared its ugly head.

And it works every time! It is, by far, a less invasive approach (with NO side effects,) especially when compared to the months of cortisone shots he had once endured.

Let’s just say Guido has learned to trust his wife as the health authority in their household.

So, how are the Bevilacquas doing now?

Guido hasn’t needed Rhus tox 1M in over three months, and he’s been enjoying weekly tennis games at the rec center (along with a little light gardening…emphasis on light) for some time now!

That’s right folks, no need to stock up on manufactured pharmaceuticals when homeopathy is known to root out whatever ails you!

Here’s a list of the protocols for aching muscle pain to make your job easier:

• For annoying backache from too much sitting or lying down (often improved with stretching):
Rhus tox 30, every 15-20 minutes, until very much better.

• For aches and pains associated with growing in children:
Calc carb 3/6, every 15-20 minutes, until very much better (usually within the first night, but sometimes bears repeating for several nights.)

• For more severe aches, pains and stiffness (including sports injuries) or injuries affecting the cartilage and ligaments:
Rhus tox 1M every few hours until very much better.

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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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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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26 thoughts on “The Bevilacquas and Their Backaches”

  1. Jocelyn says:

    Thank you for this! My husband is 52 and has been suffering from lower back pain every morning upon waking. He stretches before standing up. Is the rhus tox 30 fix? Would two times a day suffice or stick with the every 15 minutes in the morning? Thank you so much! You have been such a magnificent blessing to our family!

    1. Adrienne says:

      What does 1M mean and how do you achieve that potency? I understand 30 and 200 but I’m not sure I’ve encountered 1M before. Thanks!

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

        It means it diluted 1M is 1000 dilutions.

  2. Laurie says:

    Backaches,everyone I know has one. I myself have been tremendously helped by Rhus Tox 30. I use to take it 2 or 3 times per day. Stiffness upon first movement. Now I just take 1 pill in the morning and I only need it in summer. And I will remember the Calc Carb for my growing grandchildren. Thank you so much for your generous guidance.

  3. Jackie says:

    Another timely post! My husband just asked what take for tendinitis in his arm and elbow- apparently he strained it a few weeks back and failed to tell me until now. Rhus tox 200 or 1M still? He says it hurts to lift with that arm and as a self employed mechanic, he kind of needs his arm! I was about to hunt up the symphytum/ Rhus tox combo that we tried last time in the other elbow (that one if fine now, but took a while to heal).

  4. bettine says:

    I had a muscle spasm in the lower back sometime ago, I could hardly move for a week, day and night. Every single movement was so painful, even going to the toilet. I used the combi of Symphytum200c/hypericum200c and also tried a combi of Arnica/ruta/rhus tox30c. It all didn’t seem to help very well. Maybe I expected too much of it. Would the 1M potencies have made a difference? This is important for me to know.
    Last night I had pain from some big old musquitobites, after a week they still troubled me, I used Hypericum200c, 1 dose. It helped tremendously and I could sleep again!
    I also use homeopathy to cure toenailfungus, it takes a while but now, after many months, I see improvement! I just keep on going..

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

      You didn’t tell me how often you took the medicines. THat’s key.

  5. PauliinaFIN says:

    Oh my! This came at the right time! I have been harvesting rasberries for weeks now and I feel 90 year old grandma with my backpain (cannot walk straight anymore). Now I know what to take, I tried Arnica with only little relief and wondered if this was Rhus-tox. Thank you Joette for all this information and guidance you are giving for us. God bless you all!

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

      Thanks for your blessing and don’t stop harvesting.

  6. Martha says:

    Thanks for this very useful post! Interesting….I recently had lower back issues. I took Bryonia 30C (several doses over 1-2 days) and my back issues were resolved. I know that Bryonia is used for specific types of coughs but as you have said….”there is more than one way to skin a cat.”

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

      Yes! Yes! Bryonia is very good for this as well.

  7. Bellame Richardson says:

    When does one use Rhos versus Ruta Grav.?

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

      Please don’t ask me to differentiate remedies. Its an in depth subject of which entire courses are based, which is the reason I have embraced and teach protocols. They make such topics less necessary, even unnecessary.

  8. ProfK V S Sundaram says:

    Dear Dr.Joette. Thanks for this posting. I m from India. This is interesting and encouraging. Keep posting My id is kvss44@gmail.com

    Professor K V S Sundaram.M E., D.Acu.,

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

      Hello to wonderful India! I just returned from Kolkata last week and love your country. I’m delighted that my work can help you and yours.

  9. Maureen says:

    What about back pain from bone spurs?

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

      Bone spurs add another aspect to the condition but Symphytum is excellent for bones in general.

  10. Janice says:

    Two concerns from friends and family: what to do for a muscle pull in the back that’s been there for a couple weeks and leg cramps on getting out of bed. Thank you for any feedback.

  11. Kris says:

    I have started trying your recommendation of Rhus Tox 1M every few hours until better on a 3 year old injury in my lower shoulder/arm area. I have limited movement – pain upon lifting my arm. I’m on my 4th or 5th day of taking it every 3 hours (except during sleeping at night), and although sometimes it feels like it has improved a bit, other times not. I was wondering how long should I keep taking it every 3 hours before abandoning this remedy?

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

      It is not prudent to take a medicine for a long stretch of time without seeing improvement.

      Without taking your case, it would be imprudent to offer specific information.

  12. Katie says:

    I thought nighttime growing pains called for Calc phos and this blog post says Calc carb. Do both work?

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

      There are many homeopathic medicines for this condition. I’m giving you those that I most favor.

  13. Mary Herman says:

    Another wonderful blog! Went looking through my baggie of high remedies searching for a Rhus Tox 1M …found a Rhus Tox 50M, wow..wondering when I ever used that. Going to order 1M/30C and probably ought to have 200C on hand too. Should I try a dose of that Rhus Tox 50M or wait until order arrives?

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

      I wouldn’t use a potency that high “just becuase”.

  14. Mary Herman says:

    Joette, wondering if you have had people complaining about neck discomfort (and base of head) from always looking down at iPhones/iPads? All I can think of is strained ligaments/muscles in my neck….would some of the remedies mentioned in this article work for this condition? Thanks Joette.

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


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