What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy for both humans and animals is a gentle, effective and scientifically based system of healing that assists the natural defence mechanism of the body in healing itself. Homeopathy is Greek for “like cures like”. What this means is that a substance, any substance taken by a healthy person and causing certain symptoms or dis- eases, can “cure” a sick person, showing similar symptoms. A central principal of homeopathy is that every being is unique and that the treatment must be tailored to the individual. Treatment is therefore not dependent on a diagnosis, but rather it requires an observation of the symptoms.
The patient will be looked at as a whole, and when looking at the disease or discomfort of an individual, the physical, emotional, mental and behavioural state will be taken into account, in determining which remedy could benefit the patient.
Homeopathy has its own range of over 3000 remedies and uses substances from the mineral, animal and plant kingdoms.
Conditions that generally respond well to Homeopathy include:
- Muscular skeletal issues like stiffness, lameness, unevenness, arthritis
- Trauma (mental and physical)
- Fear and anxiety
- Skin problems
- Behavioural problems
- Sluggish lymphatic system or weakened immune system
- Warts, abscesses, benign growths
- Chronic discharges (nose, eyes)
- Digestive problems
If you have an animal with any of the above or another health issue that you would like to treat in a more natural way, please contact me per email or call me on 07 548 0824 to discuss if Homeopathy could help.
The History of Homeopathy
The principles of Homeopathic medicine were first formally and clearly formulated by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) a German physician. These principles apply to both humans and animals.
Hahnemann was a genius, a physician, a chemist and a linguist and philosopher.
As a Physician he became very disillusioned with the practice of medicine of his day, which was relatively ineffective and caused terrible side effects. He felt it did more harm than good and so he gave up the practise of medicine.
To keep some money coming in he started translating medical books. And it was while translating a book by William Cullen in 1790 that he first unearthed the idea of Homeopathy. Cullen claimed that it was because of its astringent and bitter qualities that Cinchona bark (better known as Quinine) cured Malaria.
This explanation did not sound plausible to Hahnemann so he tested by mouth small doses of the Cinchona bark on himself. This was the first so called “Proving”, a testing of medicine on a healthy person. The symptoms that Hahnemann developed corresponded exactly to the symptoms of Malaria.
So Hahnemann reasoned that malaria was cured by quinine, not because of its bitter taste, but due to the fact that the substance produced the same symptoms of malaria in a healthy person as the disease did. He tested this effect on other people and proved the validity of his findings. Hahnemann then concluded that quinine could cure malaria because it produced similar symptoms to the disease indicating that “like can be cured by like”.
This has become the fundamental principal of Homeopathy: “a remedy can cure a disease if it produces symptoms similar to those of the disease, in a healthy person”.
To give you a simple example: Cutting up onions will cause watery eyes and a runny nose. Therefore a person with a cold with these symptoms could be “cured” by a remedy made of onions (or potentially by other remedies that have the same symptoms).
So Hahnemann extended this principle to many other substances and observed and documented many other useful remedies. A lot of them are toxic or poisonous in their natural state and they have been proved and used successfully as homeopathic remedies.
Provings have not been done on animals as they cannot tell us what they feel or experience.
Hahnemann also found that diluting the original mixture to millionths of a particle and shaking after each dilution, increased its curative power and removed any harmful side effects originally present.
Hahnemann taught that we should not treat a patient according to the name of a disease, but to take the whole patient and the reaction to the disease into account. So again looking at the totality of symptoms; as mentioned earlier the physical, emotional, mental and behavioural. But also looking at what happened in the patient’s life that may have started the disease, e.g. cold wind, grief over a lost one, any kind of trauma.
This principle and the making of the remedies have been developed further since, to what Homeopathy offers today.
Contact me if you would like to know if Homeopathy could help your animal.
The information contained in this website is not intended to replace guidance from your veterinarian. Bowen Therapy and Homeopathy are complementary to veterinary treatment and the general care of the animal.