Levonne Kelly DipHom (Animal Health), RCHom, Cert Equine Practice
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a unique and gentle natural healing modality. Simply put, homeopathy stimulates the body's innate ability to heal itself. It may assist with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional complaints. Animals are as receptive as humans to the benefits of homeopathy, and the same principles apply to all species.
Homeopathy was founded more than 200 years ago by German physician Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843). He dedicated much of his life to proving his theory that a substance capable of producing symptoms in a healthy being is also capable of curing similar symptoms in a diseased one. This is known as the "Law of Similars", or "like cures like". A simple and commonly used example of this is that coffee, when prepared as a homeopathic remedy, may help with the kind of sleeplessness that we often associate with drinking coffee.
Homeopathic remedies are derived from substances found in the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms.
Hahnemann (and his followers over the years) experimented with a great many substances, and meticulous records were kept of the physical, mental and emotional symptoms they produced. These experiments (performed only by human volunteers) are known as "provings", and are still conducted today. The information gathered during a proving gives us an in-depth "picture" of a remedy, and is what enables a homeopath to match illness with a remedy. New remedies are being explored and discovered all the time.
In order to make toxic substances safe to use, Hahnemann developed a process called "potentisation". This is a precise method of repeated dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking). This process not only renders a substance non-toxic, it remarkably increases its potential to heal. Homeopathic remedies are produced in a large number of different potencies to suit the individual case.
Remedies are available in a variety of forms, the most common being small pilules, drops or sprays. Your homeopath can help you decide which is the most suitable for your animal and convenient for you to administer.
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