Real Medicine to Spur Innate Healing
There are limits to what can be cured by diet and supplementation. While I suggest you never shirk on improving nutrition, intake of nutrients can only go so far.
Homeopathy is my go-to path to health when you need real medicine, for your animals or for you and your family.
Founded a couple of centuries back by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in Germany, homeopathy is above all gentle, deeply acting, and curative when its clear principals are followed carefully. And more than anything I’ve experienced in healing, it is true holistic treatment.
The fact that animals respond to it so well, really puts to rest the idea that it’s only acting by placebo effect. Animals don’t know placebo effects; they either get well or they don’t, it’s that simple.
The Best Introductory Book is Free!
There is no better book to introduce you to this wonderful modality than the following, authored by Timothy Dooley, N.D., M.D., who, like me, has dedicated his entire practice to this effective system of medicine. This link will take you to his book, free to view, and I urge you to discover what this system of medicine is all about. It is not only enjoyable reading, but it will help you in being able to better work with your homeopathic doctor, whether he works with you or your animals.
Two Types of Disease
There are two general categories of disease, both of which are treatable homeopathically.
Those illnesses that are relatively short in duration, often begin somewhat suddenly, and don’t linger beyond a week or two maximum are called acute.
Acute diseases can be serious and even life-threatening, like parvovirus diarrhea in the young dog, or distemper, or simply bothersome and perhaps painful.
The commonest acute diseases are the traumatic ones:
- Your dog or cat is (God forbid) hit by a car
- Your horse runs into barbed wire
- Your cow steps on a teat
Another category of (usually) non-life-threatening acute diseases are the gastrointestinal upsets like:
- Your horse breaks into your feed room and gorges and colics
- Your dog knocks over a garbage can and parties on what’s inside
- Your cow or goat bloats after being out on new pasture
Cat bite abscesses, bee stings, or a scratched cornea are other examples of acute illness.
You Can Do This!
These are diseases that can often be treated at home with careful selection of remedies and careful observation of response. If you’ve never done this before, it’s best to get some books (see Recommended Resources) and a kit of remedies.
I recommend a home remedy kit for all my patients who are at any distance from a store that carries homeopathic remedies. I sell a beauty, here. Imagine having a whole homeopathic pharmacy that goes with you in a purse or glove compartment! Very cool and very handy in the wee hours when something goes awry.
UPDATE May 2014: Now available! I’ve prepared a special acute remedy kit and made a course to go with it, that will teach you how to avoid the E.R. and treat these kinds of illness safely and effectively at home. Here’s where it can be found (click to get yours now — early birds get a discount for a limited time).
The cost of the kit is more than paid for in the first avoided emergency room visit. At first it is best to consult with your homeopathic veterinarian till you get the hang of acute prescribing, but this is a very powerful tool. I can often, in a 5- to 10-minute emergency phone consult, outline a strategy using the kit to get your animal back on track by morning.
Homeopathy is, of course, the premier people medicine, and the kit comes with simple indications for each remedy. Accidents, falls, traveler’s diarrhea, car sickness, jet lag, I’ve used the kit to help all of these. I remember well my own bee sting pain disappearing within 30 seconds of getting a dose of apis on my tongue. And I’ve avoided Delhi Belly more than once, thanks to traveling with my kit!
Those diseases that last longer than a couple of weeks, or crop up repeatedly are called the chronic diseases. The commonest are itchy, allergic skin, ear infections, arthritis, thyroid disease, kidney failure, disc disease, or laminitis. And the number one cause of death now in the post middle aged dog: cancer.
Don’t Try This at Home, Kids!
These are also curable homeopathically, but really take a trained veterinary homeopath to work with you to achieve lasting success. Here, unlike in acute disease, it’s not looking for the “magic bullet” remedy and expecting all symptoms to disappear quickly. It’s rather careful case management, trying to turn around a long-lasting condition.
How to Find a Homeopathic Veterinarian
There is a lot that is flown under the banner of homeopathy today. My advice is to seek someone who practices the way it was originally found to cure patients with serious chronic disease, called classical homeopathy. This method seeks to find the best single remedy for the patient’s state of illness at the time, and use it carefully with attention to how the whole animal is progressing.
When the homeopathic prescribing is correct, the whole animal gets better. If he is not, another remedy must be reckoned by careful case analysis. In chronic disease, there will need to be more than one remedy to cure the patient, but the principal of one remedy at a time, carefully prescribed and evaluated in the patient is the tried and true method.
Hire a Guide
All of this takes training to do well. And it takes really dedicating one’s practice to this modality if one is going to understand it and practice it well. It’s very difficult to “keep a foot in two canoes” in practice; i.e., suppressing some patients with drugs and trying to cure others with homeopathy.
A practitioner doesn’t become adept at seeing the patient’s symptoms as an expression of the vital force trying to right a wrong when she also sees that symptoms need turning off with drugs. So, look for a practitioner who is trained, certified ideally, by an examining body of professionals, and whose practice is mostly or only homeopathy.
Here are a couple of resources to help you on your quest. The first is the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, which both trains and certifies graduate veterinarians in classical homeopathy. A national organization of veterinarians training other veterinarians, and holding regular advanced training and yearly conferences, I feel this is the best place a veterinarian can get training today.
Vets: Job Openings!
I’d urge any veterinarian who wants to really offer his patients a profoundly holistic method of healing to explore this option for becoming a practicing veterinary homeopath. I rank my training here as the best I’ve had in my entire schooling.
A list of vets practicing this modality is here at the AVH website: AVH Referral List
Dr. Richard Pitcairn, who has trained most of the U.S. and Canadian veterinarians practicing classical homeopathy through AVH courses, also provides a list of practitioners here. Also at his site is information on upcoming courses for graduate veterinarians.
Caregiver’s Guide Just Ahead
This page will help you in your important role of watchful discovery when your animal (or child, or family) is under homeopathic care.