Frequently Asked Questions

What is the basic priniciple behind homeopathy and how it works?
The Latin phrase Similia similibus curentur defines the one and only principle of homoepathy: “Let likes be cured by likes.” A homeopaths goal is to find a substance that produces in a healthy person (or animal) the same symptoms the patient is suffering from. When the correct remedy is given … you’ll swear it’s MAGIC!!!
How does homeopathic treatment differ from conventional treatment?
When I am doing a homeopathic intake I am looking at all aspects of the case. This includes the physical problems presented and the emotional/behavioral aspects of the case. Homeopathy is holistic medicine. It means the whole systems is taken into account and acted upon by the remedy.
In homeopathic treatment one remedy is given at a time. Then we wait and observe the reaction in the animal. Sometime this reaction can happen quickly. Most times we look for a graduate healing process to take place. Owners must be patient and allow the process to fully progress. It is only by allowing this slow, gentle process to occur that can cause healing in a long standing problem.
What is the difference between acute and chronic illness?
Acute is something that happens suddenly, like a trauma (hit by car, bee sting reaction/vaccine reaction, abscess, etc.)
Chronic illness is usually some condition that last over three months or longer.
Are there different principles for treating acute and chronic disease?
Yes, with acute disease you need to treat aggressively and often until the condition stops and the animal is restored to homeostatis.
In chronic disease you need to treat less often (perhaps only monthly or less) and allow the body to heal itself and restore to homeostatis slowly and gently.
Can I touch the homeopathic remedies?
Because the homeopathic remedies are poured onto small sugar pills and the remedy is absorbed through the skin or mucus membranes it is best not to handle them. But to put them directly into your pet’s mouth.
How are homeopathic remedies given?
For pets, homeopathic remedies can be given directly into their mouth, or mixed with spring or bottled water and given into their mouth or by letting them drink from the bowl of water. Homeopathic remedies are absorbed directly by the mucus membranes. So, as soon as they enter the mouth and touch the gums/tongue etc. they begin to working on the pet. They do not have to be swallowed.
Also because of this process, it is best to give the homeopathic remedies on a clean mouth (without food) whenever possible. If you have an animal that is difficult to get a remedy into, you can mix the pellets with a small amount of plain yogurt or small amount of baby food and allow the pet to eat it that way.
What interferes with homeopathic treatment?
First anything that can strongly suppress illness like antibiotics and steroids. Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy will interfere with the treatment as well as any strong aromas like camphor, ammonia, etc.
What are homeopathic remedies made from?
Homeopathic remedies are made from plant, animal and mineral products.
How are they made?
Homeopathic remedies are made by diluting the original product with water by shaking/succussing it. For instance, one drop of the original product is mixed with 99 drops of water. Then the combination is succussed (shaken) 100 times. Then one drop of this mixture is taken out and mixed with 99 drops of water, and shaken again 100 times. This is continued until certain potencies are reached. That’s why homeopathic remedies come in different potencies (6c, 30c, 200c, 1M, etc.)
What about all the combination homeopathic remedies?
First of all it is against the basic homeopathic teachings to mix remedies. When you mix remedies it is difficult to evaluate which remedy actually was responsible for curing the problem at hand.
In addition when numerous potentized drugs are used at one time, it confuses the vital force. If used repeatedly over a long period of time it can confuse the vital force to a point of no return. Then it takes 10 times more time to unconfused the case and find a remedy that will work.
Can I put them in the refrigerator?
It is better to keep all homeopathic remedies away from any appliance that has an electro-mechanical field, i.e, refrigerator, microwave, cell phone, etc. Homeopathic remedies are considered an energetic medicine. Other strong electro-mechanical fields can “knock off” the energy of the homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic remedies will not work on a patient who is going for radiation treatments for this reason.


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