Homeopathy, defined by Samual Hahnemann, is a form of alternative medicine in which the central thesis is that someone that is ill can be treated using the same substance that would make a healthy person sick. The practitioner selects a treatment in accordance with the patient consultation that has taken into account the psychological and physical state of the patient. According to the homeopath, the practice of dilution, with vigorous shaking between each of the dilutions, will remove the toxic effect of the substance, leaving the essential poisonous qualities in the dilute.
The practice of homeopathy is used on animals in the holistic healing approach of treating the entire animal. As with conventional medicine, the practice of homeopathy can be used on several levels. Take for example a dog with an itching irritation. The symptoms can be alleviated by using an antihistamine, but only on the temporary basis. However, with homeopathy, you can go further into the condition in search of the ultimate cause. Perhaps the dog is having a thyroid problem, or there is an allergic reaction. If you view the animal as a whole, you can choose the appropriate homeopathic remedy that will treat the animal on all levels. The treatment may follow up with nutritional supplements or energy enhancements, to support the homeopathic healing process.
History of Homeopathy on Animals
The practice of using homeopathy as a treatment on animals dates back to the beginning of the practice of homeopathy. Hahnemann wrote and spoke of the use of the practice on animals. The FDA has not approved homeopathic products for use in the U.S., but most veterinarians will state that the most homeopathic remedies will do no harm. It is still important to discuss any alternative treatments with your pet’s doctor, but often, the worst that can happen is that the homeopathic remedy has no effect at all. The use of homeopathy is still controversial because there has been little research conducted in the field. There are times that giving the animal the homeopathic treatment results in the pet’s owner believing that a change is occurring when none actually is. However, in the case of certain behaviour problems, this placebo effect may be enough to solve the problem because the animal was originally responding to the owner’s anxiety.
Benefits of Homeopathy on Animals
The following list exhibits the positive aspects of using homeopathic remedies:
- No suppression of symptoms
- No side effects
- No need for laboratory results, only observation
- No dependence on diagnosis
- Allowance for the patient’s individuality
- Treats the patient as a whole
- No environmental pollution
- Homeopathy works with the body
The majority of veterinarians in the U.S. are in the habit of employing chemical-based remedies on pets. As is the case with humans, doctors will prescribe medications that can be toxic and expensive at the first sign of disease. A growing number of vets, though, are turning to homeopathy to treat disease and discomfort in animals, and finding it an effective alternative to traditional drugs.
At the initial use of the homeopathic remedy, nothing may appear to happen. The remedy may be working, but it takes time for the symptoms to improve, particularly if the conditions are acute. It is important to continue to observe the animals behaviour, as aggravation may be a sign that the remedy is working, as long as the aggravation begins to abate in a shot period of time. In many cases, acute illnesses are a flare up of underlying chronic conditions, so it is often advisable to do follow up treatments, in order to determine the ultimate cause of the acute condition.
Using more than one remedy at any given time is not recommended. It is best to use a single, carefully chosen remedy, and observe the effects. The length of treatment is going to vary based on the specific animal, and their energy at any given time. The first rule of homeopathy is patience. Observing is equally important, and documenting your observations to share with your caregiver.
What are the Basic Principles of Homeopathy On Animals?
- 1. The body attempts to self-heal by producing “symptoms.” A person gets ill through an inherent weakness, and problems are triggered by bacteria, stress, viruses, poor diet, sometimes vaccinations, environmental stressors, and the ageing process. The body then produces symptoms in an attempt to restore balance.
- 2. The problem begins with an imbalance of energy, and then manifests physically. Most creatures appear to follow the same pattern of becoming ill. This pattern can be reversed in order to restore health. There is an energy imbalance, symptoms begin to appear, then there is a functional disturbance, seen through behaviours. The ideal time to treat an imbalance is when it is still at the energetic level.
- 3. There is one continuous “disease”, not only separate, acute episodes.
- 4. In order to truly heal, the whole of the symptoms must be addressed, not just the current symptoms. This method enables the treatment of the underlying imbalance. Each time the energy field gets triggered, it becomes unbalanced and produces a symptom, but they could be different symptoms each time. Quality holistic treatment will be based on all of the symptoms of the particular animal.
- 5. Similar cures similar. Like replaces like. Homeopathic remedies are tried on healthy creatures, and the effects are recorded. When the diseased animal is presented, the cures that produced the diseased animals symptoms will be administered.
- 6. The goal of homeopathy is cure.
Keeping a Journal for Homeopathy on Animals
It is not uncommon for doctors to question you about the health history of your pet. In order to remember all of the details that can prove helpful in treating your animal, you should keep a health journal concerning your pet. This can be done in a calendar, a computer, a file, or a notebook. Choose whichever method works best for you. Here are a few tips to successful health journaling for your pet:
Early On: Make a record of how you adopted your pet. Any history you can accumulate and record concerning their ancestry, and their early living environment can prove very helpful.
Illnesses: Record information concerning each sickness your pet develops. Use very specific descriptions, and ask yourself what could have caused these illnesses. Take note of surroundings and events during your journaling. Record all symptoms observed, and rate them to the degree of their severity. Be sure to date your entries, and take note of when recovery has become apparent. Focus the attention of your entries on things such as energy, happiness, comfort, appetite, and the general well-being.
Regular Check-Ups: Be sure your animal visits the doctor on the regular basis, and that you carefully consider your pet’s environment throughout its life.