Homeopathy is Easy to Use

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on December 7, 2012

Homeopathy is a powerful holistic modality that’s been around for a long time.  So let me tell you just a little about it.  Homeopathy’s roots emerge from the findings, teachings and writings of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843).  In those days common medical practices included the use of toxic chemicals and bloodletting.  Dr. Hahnemann became disillusioned with these barbaric methods and left his practice to translate medical texts.  In his reading, he came upon the clinical research done by famous physicians such as Hippocrates.  The idea of like curing like was exemplified by the herb, White Hellebore, which would both cause and cure diarrhea.   Hahnemann’s next step was to create minute, infinitesimal doses of substances that would work to cure but would have no side effects at all.

In the late 1800’s, the first homeopathic medical school was founded.  By the early 1900’s, there were 22 homeopathic medical schools and 200 homeopathic hospitals.

Antibiotics were considered miracle drugs – with soldiers able to resolve infections quickly on the battlefield. Thus, after their discovery the United States experienced a dwindling interest in homeopathy.  Homeopathy remained very popular in Germany, Italy, England, Switzerland, the Netherlands, India and Russia.

Interest in homeopathy has also risen again in the United States. Today, all of our homeopathic remedies are FDA approved.  Most of the commonly used remedies are inexpensive and easy to find. They can be found at most Health Food Markets, some human pharmacies, on-line at a multitude of sites and even at K Mart.  Remedies are listed with the name and the potency on their label. You’ll use the 6th and 30th potencies that are easily available to you with your dogs.

Homeopathic remedies are easy and safe to use.  Their mode of administration is to place a pellet or two in your dog’s lip pouch next to the gums and let it melt or put in a few drops of a liquid homeopathic preparation. The remedies must melt in the mouth and should not be hidden in food.  Homeopathy is an energy medicine and because of this the number of pellets that you give does not matter.  One to five pellets is fine.

Now that you know a little bit about homeopathy, let’s get started and we can learn about a few very handy remedies to have around the house.

The homeopathic remedy Arnica is made from an herb called Leopard’s Bane.   It’s fantastic to give if your dog has received a soft tissue injury or bruise or even after strenuous exercise that leaves a ‘bruised feeling’ in the muscles.   Give a few pellets to melt in the mouth 3 to 4 times a day for a day or two.

Ruta graveolens, made from the Rue plant is more commonly known of as Ruta. It’s great for any injuries to tendons and ligaments and is particularly effective to use in injuries to the ligaments of the knee.  For sprains and for acute knee injuries you can give both Ruta and Arnica. Give a few pellets 3 to 4 times a day for a week or so. Remember to rest the knee.

Good luck and watch for future articles that have tips for using homeopathic remedies !

 

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