In this blog post, I’m providing a brief overview of homeopathy – which can be a controversial subject for many. Indeed recently there again have been more moves to try and stop it being used to help animal health. But what is it?
What is homeopathy?
About 200 years ago a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, became the pioneer of homeopathy. He discovered a different approach to curing the sick, which he called homeopathy from the Greek word meaning ‘similar suffering’. Like Hippocrates two thousand years earlier he recognised that there are two ways of treating ill health, the way of ‘opposite’ and the way of ‘similars’.
It should not be confused with Herbal Remedies as Homeopathic medicines may be derived from animal, vegetable or mineral sources – and not only herbs.
Homeopathy in Veterinary Practice
Many animals can benefit from homeopathy including dogs, cats, horses plus others. Homeopathy is practised by certain Veterinary Surgeons who have specialised in this field of medicine, these vets will usually be members of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) or the International Association of Veterinary Homeopathy.
As a holistic therapy, usually a homeopathic consultation will last longer with your vet than a typical veterinary consultation. This is because more information has to be gathered about the animal – e.g. likes, dislikes, character, symptoms now, previous ailments. This will all help to ensure the correct remedy is chosen to best help your animal.
What is it used for?
There are dozens of homeopathic medicines that can be used, for a range of situations. Listed below are some of the more common ones, to help give you an idea of why they’re used
- Arnica – Used to help with bruising in horses, dogs or other animals (as well as people!)
- Bryonia – Animals (commonly dogs or horses) who respond well to this remedy are usually worse for movement and better for rest.
- Nux Vomica – Can help the animal recover from “intoxication” if it has stolen too much rich food or had access to poison.
- Urtica – Used for nettle rash.
Many animals -from pets, livestock to wild animals can all potentially benefit. As with all complementary therapies for animals, remember to contact your Veterinary Surgeon for advice first.
If you’d like help locating a homeopathic vet near you for your horse, dog, or other animal, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the BAHVS has a website where you can find your nearest homeopathic vet.
So have I used homeopathy? Yes! For both myself and my animals – in particular situations I’ve found it helpful. But of course with any medicine or therapy, it will depend on the individual circumstances as to whether it can help or not. I do recommend that you give it some consideration.
Find out more about homeopathy and lots of other holistic care for animals anytime online at http://www.taranet.co.uk.
Until next time,
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