Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies were discovered by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. Dr. Hahnemann was a medical translator (because he abhorred the barbaric treatment patients received at the hands of physicians) who, when translating a treatise by a learned physician of the day, took issue with a sentence that stated that the curative effect of quinine when used to treat malaria, was because of its bitter properties. Dr. Hahnemann reasoned that if quinine cured malaria, what would happen if quinine were taken (if the patient were not ill) for several days. He formulated an experiment, and performed it on himself and found that after several days of ingesting the quinine, he developed the symptoms of malaria (not being in an endemic area for malaria and not having been exposed to malaria). He then reasoned that if the quinine could give the symptoms of the disease to a well person, a person could quite possibly be cured if given minute amounts of the quinine. This was the start of homeopathy.

Homeopathic remedies may be prepared from the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms. They are always diluted and succussed. Dilution is when a substance, when added to grain alcohol and allowed to age for a time appropriate to the density of the substance (for a leaf-one hour: for bark or a dense substance-a month) is diluted 10, 100, or 1,000 times. For example, when a dilution of 10 is used the designation is an X, when a dilution of 100 is used, the designation is a C, and when a dilution of 1,000 is used, the designation is an M. Dilutions may be made any number of times, but the most common are 6,12, 30, and 200. If a substance is diluted 1 to a 100 just 2 times, the dilution is then 1:10,000, 3 times, then the dilution is 1:1,000,000. The strength of the homeopathic process comes when the dilution is combined with a succussion process; that is the vial containing the diluted substance is struck against an object that has a resiliency or bounce back-in olden times a leather bound book was used, today a rubber mat or even one's own hand may be used. The succussion is performed up to one hundred times for each dilution. With repeated dilution and succussion, the homeopathic remedy is strengthened even though the number of molecules in the remedy decrease and after 12 dilutions, no physical evidence of the original substance remains (no molecules); only the energetics remain. This is the basis of homeopathics - an energetic remedy that cures, based on the symptoms that the physical substance would produce if given to a healthy person.

Homeopathy is over 200 years old and is experiencing a profound comeback. There are hundreds of books written on homeopathy. The books vary from handbooks to volumes, from physical ailments to emotional, from epidemic diseases to chronic diseases, and from veterinary medicine to human medicine.

In veterinary medicine, I use homeopathics for both acute and chronic ailments. Acute ailments include snake bites, bee stings, vomiting, diarrhea, distemper, parvo, West Nile, colic, joint ill in foals, and any other ailment that comes on suddenly or acutely, possibly combined with a fever, Chronic ailments are recurring ear or urinary infections, hot spots or just the itch, arthritis, bladder stones, chronic hepatitis or nephritis, or even diabetes.

Examples of acute treatments are the use of Nux Vomica for colic, Apis for joint ill or any lesion that resembles a honey bee sting, the use of Aconite and the West Nile Nosode for the treatment of West Nile, and the use of Hypericum and Ledum for any type of puncture wound.

Examples of treatment of chronic diseases with homeopathics would be the use of a homeopathic remedy, whose use was decided based on 3 or more very solid symptoms called keynote symptoms, and then verified by reading up on the most likely remedy. After giving the remedy to the patient, it must be decided in the next 2-3 weeks if any change or improvement occurs, and if no change or improvement has occurred, then a new remedy must be considered. If improvement has occurred, then the patient or client must wait till all improvement has stopped or plateaued out, and then must consider which remedy should follow or find a new remedy. The time interval in between remedies may be as little as a month or as long as 3 months. In my practice, I have taken up to 8 months to see resolution of the presenting complaint and only used 5 homeopathic remedies during that time. The cat is still my patient and I continue to consult with the client 2-3 times per year for other problems. By the way, the clients are ecstatic about the health and vitality of their cat, and claim that his health has never been better. The cat's health suffered greatly since he was treated with antibiotics when he was 8 months old. Finally, with the proper homeopathics, his health has returned 7 years later.

Examples of homeopathics that are readily available and can help tremendously in everyday situations:

Arnica - a remedy that is used for any kind of trauma-physical, emotional, and mental. When given to effect, even old bruises will resolve more quickly. I routinely advise the use of Arnica in my practice after any kind of trauma ( I never recommend the use of bute, banamine, or any kind of pain killer because these drugs remove inflammation without resolving the underlying situation), after any surgery, both for the pain and bruising, but also as a replacement for antibiotics. The results are quite gratifying.

For example: you get kicked or stepped on by a horse and your first reaction is to take a pain killer so you can continue your day's work; instead you remember to take arnica every 15 minutes for the first hour and then 3 times per day for a couple of days, and you discover that not only is the pain disappearing, but the bruises are rapidly disappearing. In just a few days the whole problem is resolved without the use of the painkillers.

Hypericum and Ledum - these two remedies are used alternatively for any kind of puncture wounds - a hypodermic injection that has had a reaction, a nail or fish hook puncture, and yes, even snake bites. I have seen 3 cases of cottonmouth snake bites resolved with only the use of these 2 remedies - even I was impressed that no anti-serum, fluids, hospitalization or any type of western medicine was used to treat these cases.

The literature also states that this combination is useful in preventing tetanus in unvaccinated individuals, because the remedies prevent the spores of tetanus from traveling up the nerves to the brain.

Nux Vomica - this remedy is a very important remedy in homeopathy. Made from the poison nut, its active ingredient is strychnine, which in homeopathic form triggers the liver to normalize itself and also acts on the digestive system. It is used to cure vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation and is the #1 remedy for colic in the horse. What drug could compete with Nux?

Complexes of homeopathics are also used to treat diseases such as heartworm disease, EPM (Equine Protozoal Myelitis) in horses, and a treatment has been formulated to even treat the West Nile Disease using only homeopathics (results have been quite gratifying showing in four cases the disease has been arrested in one to four days). In addition, even heavy metal intoxication may be treated with homeopathic complexes-hair analyses are used to see if the pet or horse has one or more heavy metals in his/her system. The protocol is available on this web site and the homeopathics may be purchased from the Holistic Vet Clinic.

All you need to get started using homeopathics for acute situations is to purchase a kit, a book or two, and start replacing drugs such as aspirin, bute, banamine, antibiotics with the appropriate remedy. You will be amazed at the results that you get, even as a novice.

Kits can be purchased from the Holistic Vet Clinic and books may be purchased from Minimum Price. Courses are available thru the National Center for Homeopathy and study groups are available in many areas that meet usually on a monthly basis.

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