Homeopathy: Medicine Suitable for Everyone

Prescott Dog: January/February 2011

Animals are especially responsive to natural energy medicine. Let’s discuss just what Homeopathy really is and which remedies you can use to help your furry companion as well as yourself.

We have all heard about homeopathy, but how many of us have had the opportunity to experience the wonderful results this medicine can bring without any side effects.

One of the fundamental principles of homeopathy is “like cures like.” The term is based on the Greek meaning, “similar suffering.” The concept is that a substance causing a symptom in a well person will cure the same symptom in a sick person. A single homoeopathic remedy is chosen to treat the whole animal or person, including their mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. This is in contrast with conventional or allopathic medicine where the focus is only on the symptoms and the medicines prescribed tend to suppress the symptom rather than cure it. Of course, there are certain situations where allopathic medicine is necessary, but homeopathy can provide a safe and natural alternative, especially in acute situations.

Is Homeopathy Safe for Animals?

Homeopathy is noninvasive and gentle. The remedies are made from substances from the plant, mineral, and animal kingdoms of nature. The remedies are never tested on animals, they are tested on humans. Some acute conditions that can be treated are diarrhea.; fearfulness; anxiety; aggression and often can help relieve skin conditions.

Commonly Used Remedies: How and When to Use Them

Homeopathic remedies can be purchased in a 30C potency at any holistic grocer or herb shop. It is advisable to consult with a professional homeopathic practitioner.

Aconite nappellus

While this is the first remedy to reach for at the onset of the flu or to avert a fever, it is one of the most widely used remedies when an animal is fearful in a given situation; for instance, when going to the vet or for grooming. This remedy helps take the edge off making it more manageable for the animal and his/her person.

Apis mellifica

Homeopathically prepared from the honeybee, it will help alleviate swelling that is red and hot, as well as allergic reactions and insect bites, especially bee stings.

Arnica montana

Our most well-known remedy should be on hand for any situation that involves bruising of any type of injury to soft tissue or shock and trauma to the body. This remedy is very powerful when used before and after any type of surgery or dental work.

Arsenicum album

This remedy should be in everyone’s emergency kit. It is useful in digestive disorders such as diarrhea, nausea, and often helps when your pet is urinating in the wrong place.

Ledum palustre

A remedy that should always be used for any insect bites, particularly ticks or any type of puncture wound. It helps alleviate rheumatic pain, which is one of the leading symptoms of Lyme disease. If you or your animal has been bitten by a tick and Lyme disease could be a possibility a couple of doses of this remedy can help greatly to relieve symptoms.

Rhus tox

This remedy is indicated for sprains or strains to ligaments or tendons. It is most helpful where there is stiffness that is improved by motion. It is also effective for red itching skin, which is the main symptom of poison oak or ivy.

These recommendations are not meant to replace good veterinary care.