Homeopathy treatments were formalised by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th century. These treatments are based on treating the whole individual and all symptoms. He recorded these in a Materia Medica showing that if a substance caused symptoms in a healthy person then they could be used to cure disease showing similiar symptoms. Different individuals suffering with these diseases will have other features and may require different treatment. He also discovered that the more dilute the active principle is then the more powerful it's action. We make the homeopathic remedies in different potencies.
Homeopathic remedies come in either liquid or tablet form. Absorption is best across the mucous membranes rather than via the stomach so crushing the tablet makes it more effective. Ideally a tablet is given at least half an hour before feed and not with food.
If we are going to treat your pet with a homoepathic remedy we may need to ask questions to ascertain the best remedy. The amazing thing is, that many owners, even those of farm animals can tell when the remedy has run out just be looking a the animal. This proves that it really works as there cannot be any placebo effect in this situation. There are various levels of treatment according to the condition and it's symptoms and these may be to do with the route cause, or symptoms, or even mental symptoms such as grief at the loss of a mate or owner. It is possible that one remedy may be used early on in the condition and then another may be better later on and this could involve a bit of trial and error.
There is a way of using homeopathy as a preventative by the use of nosodes - these may be in the drinking water and are used on organic farms for control of foot rot in sheep and mastitis in cattle.
The advantages are that there are no side effects, no suppression of symptoms and no environmental pollution.
Avoid handling Homeopathic remedies and they must be stored in a cool place, not in direct sunlight and away from strong odours such as coffee, disinfectant or mint.
A few examples:
The most well known remedy is probably Arnica used in any injury and will speed up the healing of bruising but should not be used on open wounds.
Aconite - helps with shock
Rhus tox has many uses including relief from stiffness caused by arthritis.
Calendula is used for open wounds and abrasions and we can add Hypericum where nerve endings are involved.
Cocculus and Ipeca help with travel sickness.
For fear and anxiety for example on firework night and related scary nights we can use a combination of the different remedies to avoid sedating our pet:
Many people are cynical about the use of homepathy. Whilst we firmly believe that homeopathy will never replace the medicine and surgery that we can help animals with it has been shown to help animals in certain situations and often with chronic conditions. It can be used alongside surgical and medical treatments.
Please ring if you are interested in Alternative Medicine as we may be able to help.