Homeopathy is a 200-year-old system of medicine discovered by a German physician-chemist and translator named Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathy is derived from the Greek word “homoios” which means like or similar. It is a therapy based on the principle 'like cures like'. Hahnemann ingested the bark of the cinchona tree which contains quinine (at the time, it was used to treat malaria), causing him to experience the symptoms of malaria (most notably the chills, heat, and delirium associated with malarial fever). When he stopped taking the cinchona, the symptoms abated. From this experience, he postulated that drugs which cause the symptoms of disease could potentially cure the disease. He then set out to use the smallest possible amount of drug and began his life long research of testing them in their use to cure disease.
Homeopathic medicines are prepared from pure, natural, animal, vegetable or mineral substances listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the U.S. and in the European Pharmacopoeia. They are processed in modern labs by a process of serial dilution and succussion (repeated shaking). During this process, the medicines are diluted with water and alcohol from ten times to millions of times. The medicines come in pill form or liquid and are usually administered orally.
By the nature of their preparation, there are no unwanted side effects to the medications. It is safe to use on neonates, geriatrics, and during pregnancy.
I have been using Homeopathy in my practice of Veterinary Medicine for the past 25 years and have been astounded at some of the results.
Chronic and acute problems are both treatable. Chronic health problems can take years to treat with homeopathy by careful prescribing of the most appropriate medicines, whereas acute problems can clear up relatively quickly.
What to expect from Homeopathic treatment?
The appointment is approximately 1 1/2 hours. After a full physical examination, a detailed medical history is taken. Your pet will have a set of symptoms that are collected during an interview process. These symptoms are unique and individual to your pet. Once the symptoms are analyzed, a remedy is chosen for your pet on an individualized basis. The remedy is administered (orally) and through careful observation on your part over the coming days or weeks, we can see how your pet has reacted to the remedy. A follow up appointment is then done and the next treatment is dependent on the reaction to the remedy.