Healing with Homeopathy
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 (continued from September 2013 holistic newsletter)

Common Homeopathic Remedies

Remedies are made from animal and non-animal sources.  These sources can also be non-toxic or toxic.  But because they are so diluted, toxic sources for instance are not considered “toxic” as a homeopathic remedy.  For instance,

  • Apis is a remedy made from venom of the honeybee.  Remember “like treats like”?  Well what that means is in reality, a bee sting could cause swelling, hives or an allergic reaction.  So in homeopathy, this venom can help to treat a person or animal that has those same symptoms. 
  • Another example is arsenicum.  Yes you guessed it.  It is made from arsenic.  If someone took a small amount of arsenic, it would cause diarrhea and vomiting.  So what is arsenicum used a lot to help?  Yes vomiting and diarrhea, but especially food poisoning.  I know from personal experience how well both of these remedies work.

Some other common remedies used with animals with their source in parentheses are:

  • Aconite (Monkshood) is helpful with shock, fear and eye pain.
  • Arnica (Leopard’s bane) is used for trauma, shock, bruises, sore and pain.
  • Belladonna (Deadly nightshade) has worked on things that develop suddenly, anxiety and even auricular hematomas.
  • Cantharis (Spanish fly) has been used for urinary tract conditions and abcesses.
  • Carbo veg (Vegetable charcoal) can be helpful for digestive problems.
  • Ignatia (St. Ignatia bean) can be wonderful for grief and anger.
  • Ledum (Marsh tea; wild rosemary) is used for punctures and stings.
  • Phosphorus (Phosphorus) is helpful with poisoning.
  • Thuja (Arbor vitae) can be very helpful when given right after vaccinations are done to help prevent side effects from the vaccinations.

Homeopathic Potencies

Potencies are designated as "X" (dilution by tens) or "C" (dilution by hundreds) after the number.  For instance, a "1X" remedy would be made by taking one drop of the original tinctured substance and adding it to 9 drops of water or an alcohol and water mixture.  The remedy is then shaken, which is referred to as succussion. 

“30C” is a common potency for people and animals.  Some pet owners prefer to use a "30C" potency because "X" potencies tend to require the dose to be repeated and/or it takes longer to see results.  Holistic vets may use a stronger potency of homeopathic remedy such as 200C, 1M, or 10M, which they may only give the animal once, and then wait a week or more to see results.  Classically, the middle point between low and high potencies is 30C.

Guidelines for Selection

  • It is best if you only use one remedy at a time so that you can tell if that remedy is working.  This is considered classical homeopathy.  
  • However, there are some combo homeopathic remedies that tend to work very well for many animals and people.  
  • Understand that you need to individualize the remedy to the animal, not just the condition.  Remember with any natural remedy, there is not a “one size fits all.”

While you can try to select a remedy from guidelines recommended in a homeopathic kit or book, this can leave you with your head spinning.  For instance, let’s say your dog all of a sudden has an inflamed lower eyelid.  You find that there are 6 common remedies for eye conditions.  If you were to use muscle testing, you could then determine which of the 6 remedies would be the best for your dog.  Otherwise, you are possibly wasting a lot of time, energy and money trying one remedy after the other until you see results.  And worse, you could give up on homeopathy and think it does not work when in fact you had just selected the wrong remedy.  If you do not know how to do muscle testing, we do offer an instructional ebook with photos that teaches you how to do muscle testing for both people and animals.

How to Offer

  • Homeopathic remedies come in either pellets or liquid form.  
  • You need to make sure that you do not touch the pellets or drops with your hands or you may neutralize them.  
  • It is best to put the remedy in their mouth directly.  If that is not possible, you can try putting it in a small amount of water and offering that to your pet.  
  • You can also place the pellets or drops onto a small piece of food.  This is a last resort because the food might neutralize it. 
  • Homeopathy is best used by you on an animal with an acute problem – a condition that has come on suddenly
  • For chronic problems or if your animal is weak, it is best to seek proper veterinary assistance instead of trying homeopathy on your own.  
  • Homeopathy is not a replacement for proper veterinary care.   
  • Keep in mind you must have good nutrition (see our July 2011 newsletter) or any condition will be difficult to resolve and keep resolved.  
  • And just a reminder to never stop medications unless you discuss with your vet first.


Helpful Books

So if you are ready to give homeopathy a try, we highly recommend you get the book Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs by Don Hamilton, DVM.  This is great for small animals.  If you have horses, The Treatment of Horses by Homeopathy by G. MacLeod, MRCVS, DVSM will be your source.  That way when you have a concern with your pet, the books can help you narrow down your choices.  Then remember you will use muscle testing to determine what is the best choice for your animal.


  • Single remedies:  Some of you will be able to go to a local store like Whole Foods and purchase homeopathic remedies.  Others will need to go online.  
  • Homeopathic Kits:  You can purchase remedies one at a time or you can purchase a kit that has many remedies, such as ones containing 50 or 100 remedies.  We use Washington Homeopathy remedy kits for our animals and families.  My mom, brother and daughter even have their kits.  
  • Combination Remedies:  Remember I mentioned the combo remedies that work well for many animals and people.  These are especially helpful if you want to try products that have been used successfully by many for specific health/emotional issues or if you don’t want to purchase a kit yet.  The combinations Allison and I use we get from Natural Remedies.  You can search for products there for yourself or click on the Pet Alive tab at the top of the website.  There you will find wonderful remedies for all kinds of pets including horses.  You will find remedies for skin allergies, respiratory conditions, liver problems, urinary tract infections, incontinence, hypothyroidism, digestive issues, anxiety, aggression, motion sickness, etc.  We have used a number of their products and so have our students.
  • Pain Relief:  Another product that is very helpful for pain relief is Traumeel.  It really helps my dog and is a product my holistic vet carries.  But you can find it in stores and online, too.  

I hope this article will encourage you to give homeopathy a try.  We think you will fall in love with it!