Healing with Homeopathy
(continued from September 2013 holistic newsletter)
Common Homeopathic Remedies
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.
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.
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
- Thuja (Arbor vitae) can be very helpful when
given right after vaccinations are done to help prevent side effects from the
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
- However, there are some
combo homeopathic remedies that tend to work very well for many animals and
- 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
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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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!