15 Aug

Homeopathy is a type of natural healthcare for pets and people that has been around for over two hundred years. It is defined as the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing, or simply put, stimulating one’s immune system. Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like-cures- like”. In other words, the substances which cause symptoms can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. Two like diseases cannot survive in the same body at the same time. With the principle of “like-cures-like” the homeopathic remedy is similar to the disease, but stronger, therefore pushing the disease out of the body inducing a cure. These substances, or remedies, are highly diluted, making them non-toxic. Homeopathy is safe, effective and doesn’t cause side effects especially when used correctly and through the advice of a classically trained homeopath.

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Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, minerals, salts and even insects. The remedies look like little pellets, about half the size of a pea and taste sweet. Don’t let the small size fool you, though – they are very powerful, and can have varying levels of potency.13083367_610062579156497_5291757545815981973_n When the correct remedy is chosen, a single pellet can sometimes be enough to do the job. I’ve seen remedies work as quickly as ten minutes and others produce more subtle changes within a day or two, or in severe chronic cases it could take months.
Single dose remedies contain a single active substance, such as Arnica, which is made from a flower called Leopard’s Bane. Arnica is the go-to remedy in my home for aches, bumps and bruises.
In the barn, I keep a cream made from Calendula and Hypericum. Calendula, commonly known as Marigold, is great for cuts and scrapes- a natural antibiotic- while Hypericum, or St. John’s Wort, soothes the sharp pain of exposed nerves.
It’s important to remember that a homeopathic remedy must be chosen carefully, to match the specific symptoms of the individual patient. It’s not simply based on the name of a disease.
Sometimes, as with traditional medicines, it may take a few tries before the right match is made for the particular symptoms. This is why it is important to communicate in great detail the symptoms you or your pet is experiencing to the homeopath, making it clearer as to which remedy to select.
And while homeopathy is a safe and effective choice for healing, I recommend seeking the 11267056_473564942806262_3517063292423591679_nadvice of your classically trained homeopath or traditional naturopath.

The main differences between the practice of veterinary homeopathy and human homeopathy is the veterinary homeopath practitioner is treating a sick animal instead of a human being, still while using the application of homeopathic principals. The homeopath may look at symptoms and repertorize in a different way according to each species.

                                                                          Treating Animals
Animal caregivers may choose to treat their animals homeopathically as it is more cost effective, it is environmentally harmless and there is more emphasis on the guaranteed effectiveness of the treatment. When a farm animal is treated homeopathically, it is safe and there are no chemical residues in the meat, eggs or dairy products. Furthermore, homeopathy is safe for a pregnant animal (or person) and will not cause any harm to the fetus.
Veterinary homeopathy is used in both acute and chronic disease. It is wonderful proof that homeopathy works when treating animals and there is a successful cure. Unlike when treating humans, who could disprove the success of homeopathy, by saying it is in “the mind of the patient” or the cure was psychosomatic.
Veterinary homeopathy differs in case taking. The veterinary homeopath has to rely on the observations from the caregiver. Most caregivers are unobservant and cannot provide detailed information or notice peculiar symptoms in their animal. It is the duty of the veterinary homeopath to listen to the caregiver and ask detailed questions as well as observe the animal if they are able.10941905_964820376883295_3215644802053136224_n
The homeopathic veterinarian must also take into consideration what constitutes a learned behavior from an animal as compared to a symptom. For example, did the horse have a negative experience going through a puddle?  Or did the horse all of a sudden develop this fear of puddles making it a peculiar symptom?  Another example would be if a dog is timid, could he be timid as the result of a negative experience brought on by his caregiver?  Or, could this timid behavior be a peculiar symptom for this dog?
As in treating human’s homeopathically, the veterinary homeopath should also know the animal’s diet, shelter situation, social situation as well as their likes and dislikes.
All things considered, it is the goal of the homeopath, when treating either human or animals, to cure the patient of their symptom(s). However, the veterinary homeopath must be very observant and pay attention to both the caregiver’s description of symptoms and the animal’s behavior.

To schedule an appointment today, please call 803-712-4522 or submit an appointment request online at www.wellnessmattersonline.com

Successfully treating you and your pet locally and globally. I am able to treat household pets, farm animals as well as exotics.

Written by:  Brenda M. Tobin-Flood, D.Vet.Hom, Cert. C.N.

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