Frequently Asked Questions

What is the basic principle behind homeopathy and how it works?
The Latin phrase Similia similibus curentur defines the one and only principle of homeopathy: “Let likes be cured by likes.” A homeopath's goal is to find "the remedy" that produces, in a healthy person (or animal), the same symptoms the patient is suffering from. When the correct remedy is given…and it’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. The whole system 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. Sometimes this reaction can happen quickly. Most times we look for a gradual healing process to take place. Owners must be patient to allow the process to fully progress. It is only by allowing this slow, gentle process to occur that healing can occur 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, vomiting/diarrhea, etc.)
Chronic illness is usually some condition that lasts over three months or longer (kidney disease, heart disease, Cushing's Disease, allergies,
seizures, etc.).
Are there different principles for treating acute and chronic disease?
Yes, with an acute disease you need to treat aggressively and often, perhaps every few minutes, until the condition stops and the animal is restored to homeostasis.
In chronic disease, you need to treat less often (perhaps daily, weekly, or monthly) and allow the body to heal and restore itself to homeostasis 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. Better to put them directly into your pet’s mouth. But if necessary, you can touch them if your hands are clean and dry. 
How are homeopathic remedies given to animals?
For pets, homeopathic remedies can be given directly into their mouth, or mixed with spring or bottled water and given into their mouth (using a feeding syringe or dropper) or by letting them take a sip from the bowl of water. Homeopathic remedies are absorbed directly by the mucus membranes. As soon as they enter the mouth and touch the gums/tongue they begin to work on the pet. It does not have to be swallowed.
Also because of this process, it is best to give homeopathic remedies in a clean mouth (without food). 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 a 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?
Most 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 and then 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?
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. However, there are some remedies that are mixed for some reasons.
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 can take 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 energetic medicine. Other strong electro-mechanical fields or strong fragrances can “knock off” the energy of the homeopathic remedies.
In some instances it is ok to refrigerate a homeopathic mixture (dilution) if it is covered and left in refrigerator a few days in a row. 
Homeopathic remedies will not work on a patient on the day of radiation or chemotherapy treatments.





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