What is homeopathy? It is a very successful system of medicine based on treating like with like, referred to as the Law of Similars.
Homeopathy uses super dilute forms of substances they call remedies, to address symptoms. The remedies are so dilute that some conventional doctors think they can’t possibly work. Dr. Hahnemann on the other hand, felt that medicines should be given in dilute amounts, just enough to illicit a reaction, but not enough to poison the system. After years of practice and research, he developed homeopathy. It turned out to be a very safe and effective form of medicine. The more dilute a homeopathic medicine is, the more effective it is in treating illness. I am always amazed at God’s creation and how the body works.
How do you choose the right remedy? The homeopathic books tell us that you always want to take a remedy that would also cause similar symptoms if you took it in its whole form. For example, if you had poison ivy on your arm, you would take the remedy made from dilute poison ivy. Or from a substance that in its original form would cause symptoms similar to poison ivy. When taken by mouth, the remedy alerts the immune system to address the (like) symptoms that are already in, or on, the body. In this case, poison ivy. This is how life-long, immune-fighting memories are made. It is in the mouth, sinuses and skin, not the muscle, where the natural cell mediated immune response takes place. No need for boosters either.
In the Dog World
Lyssinum (made from rabies) is a remedy used to treat hysteria, fear of water, salivation, and hypersensitivity. Its also used to address rabies vaccine side-effects. Some natural-minded veterinarians give it after having to give a rabies vaccine to any animal. This helps to reduce the severity of the vaccine’s side-effects. Phytolacca (poke root) is a homeopathic used to address lactation imbalances including soreness, fever, nausea, red hot areas of the breasts, infections of the breasts. And it works this way because in its whole form, poke root causes these same symptoms. Nystatin, a common antibiotic, is given in homeopathic form to address things like skin disorders, itching, dry and severe skin disorders, hair disorders, and other symptoms commonly associated with the antibiotics. Pyrogenium is a homeopathic remedy holistic breeders give their dogs when they suspect a uterine infection. The homeopathic Materia Medica tells us it is for offensive discharges, infections, pus, septic fever, and the like. This remedy is made from rotten meat pus. Ew!! Are you following their line of thinking now? It is so amazing and mind-blowing, and there are thousands of remedies available for use.
When one is unable to use nutrients appropriately, the nutrient can be taken as a homeopathic remedy and it supports the body’s ability to once again use that nutrient. For example, when my friend had a dog with obvious hip problems, and the vet said it was dysplasic, her Naturopath suggested a Vitamin C remedy. You see, vitamin C as a homeopathic remedy is used to address issues with the joints and especially the hips. The is because when the body is unable to use vitamin C it can’t make collagen for the joints. In one week’s time the dog could run and jump like he never had before, and it continued to improve until the vet said the dog’s hips looked completely normal.
What about taking a homeopathic remedy to build immunity to a virus, bacteria or pathogen before getting exposed?
This is something many people prefer the natural way for in order to avoid potentially dangerous side-effects of vaccines. The remedies we use for this purpose are called nosodes. I call it “doing it God’s way,” because it goes in the mouth, or on the skin like a natural bacteria, virus, or pathogen would. Nosodes, because they are put in the mouth, activate the cell mediated immune response, thereby activating fighter cells to attack and kill-off the perceived invader. There is no need to add any dangerous chemicals, toxins, preservatives or solvents to them. Plus, there are no mutated versions of anything in it. Just the real stuff. The immune system knows what it is and responds to it accordingly, and the fight is on. The nosodes win, of course, because they are only a super dilute form that was put in the mouth.
I personally have used nosodes for my family of five children and myself for three decades and was always pleased with the results. In one case, one of our children who went to Africa on a mission trip, was encouraged to get the malaria vaccine. He was going with a group of 18 other young adults from around the country. None of whom he knew ahead of time. Our child was the only person of the group that didn’t get the malaria vaccine. Instead, he chose to take the malaria nosode. In the 9 weeks they were in Africa, he was the only person that didn’t contract malaria. All 18 of the vaccinated people who went, and had gotten the vaccine, got malaria. One young man even got malaria twice during his time there.
Harvard medical doctor Andrew Weil, M.D., when writing about homeopathy in his book Health and Healing, said “Its disciples (homeopathic doctors) were meticulous observers of …first, do no harm… They were concerned with patients as individuals. They aimed to cure disease from within, at its source, not just suppress symptoms. Best of all, their method worked, even for the gravest infectious illnesses… What followed, predictably, was a desperate struggle by the allopaths (conventional doctors) to regain their lost prestige and control…not only did they hate homeopathy because it was gentle and effective, but it also had no side-effects.” Weil went on to describe how the allopathic medical association (AMA) had a deeper issue within their own ranks – some of their own doctors preferred homeopathy. This, they felt, had to be aggressively stopped or homeopathy would spread once again. What followed was the AMA’s attempt “to put out of business competitors who attempted to heal the sick with gentler methods” and “the AMA began to bring charges against (their own) allopaths who were found to have consulted with homeopaths.”
The Making of a Remedy
Homeopathic preparations, called remedies, are prepared by a unique process called “potentization” referring to a method of dilution and continual shaking. This is done by mixing a base substance (such as bee venom) with 9 drops of distilled water, alcohol or lactose sugar. Or, for a more potent remedy, one part is mixed with 99 parts of the water, alcohol, or lactose sugar. Then one part of this is taken out and mixed with another 9 or 99 parts of the water, sugar, or alcohol. This process is repeated anywhere from three times to several thousand times. The standard levels of potentization include 3, 6, 12, 30, 200, 1,000, 10,000, 50,000, 100,000 or 500,000. These are marked “C” or “X”, depending on whether they were diluted with 9 parts (an X potency) or 99 parts (a C potency) of the water, alcohol, or lactose.
Nature’s Materia Medica, Third Edition, Robin Murphy, ND
The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs, Martin Zucker
Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, Second Edition, Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, DVM
Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs, Don Hamilton, DVM
Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Cats & Dogs, Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD