What is homeopathy (and can it help my pet)?

Homeopathy is a medical therapeutic system founded by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, in the early 19th century. The goal of homeopathic medicine is to restore health safely, gently and permanently. The first step is to arrive at a thorough understanding of exactly what constitutes the “disease” from which a person or animal suffers. To do this, the homeopathic doctor conducts an extremely thorough and lengthy consultation, in which not only the physical symptoms are elicited, but also behavioral factors which may play an important role in the animal’s illness.

Once the homeopathic veterinarian arrives at an intimate knowledge of the illness, he then treats the patient, when appropriate, by orally administering a single homeopathic medicine, called a remedy. Homeopathic remedies are prepared from a wide range of substances–animal, vegetable, mineral and even toxins. Their preparation involves a process of sequential dilution in alcohol/water and succession (vigorous shaking), a process known as potentization. This process of potentization enables the homeopath to prescribe medicines, which possess an enhanced curative effectiveness, with essentially no toxic side effects, unlike current orthodox drugs.

All homeopathic medications are FDA certified and approved, and in fact, licensed for “over the counter” sales. Homeopathy means literally to “treat with a similar disease.” Patients are stimulated towards recovery when homeopathic remedies are applied in a particular way.  When given, these substances gently disturb the health, in the direction of “disease,” to produce almost the same syndrome or the same set of symptoms (in mild form). It will have a stimulating effect on the patient’s defense system, shifting the patient’s state in favor of recovery. It’s almost as if the patient’s defenses cannot distinguish between the natural disease, and what the similar substance is doing.

Unlike with the use of traditional medications, which only palliate or suppress symptoms, homeopathic remedies have the ability to stimulate true, long-lasting cure in the patient, where medicines don’t have to keep being taken, and the patient is stronger and less susceptible to future disease flare-ups.

The remedies can be given directly by mouth in dry form, or they can be dissolved in water. The correct dose and type of remedy used is determined by the comprehensive homeopathic evaluation as to which remedy best matches the patient’s totality of symptoms on a mental, emotional and physical level. While homeopathic remedies can be used in patients on traditional medications, my goal when using homeopathic remedies is to get patients off of traditional medications or to cure disease without the need for traditional medication.

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