Homeopathic Medicine


Homeopathy is the safest and more reliable approach to ailments and has withstood the
assaults of established medical practice for over 100 years

Yehundi  Menuhin

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What Is Homeopathy?

The term homeopathy has its roots in German physician, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). Homeopathy is a philosophy of health and a system of therapeutic remedies that has been used for nearly two centuries. It’s based on two unconventional theories:

  • Like cures like—the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people. Using this basic premise, the idea is to find a natural substance with actions that closely mimic the symptoms of disease. By giving the patient very small doses of the substance, her/his body will react and, through this reaction, be able to heal itself.                                                                                                   

In this regard homeopathy differs dramatically from its counterpart, allopathic medicine, which is the orthodox, western medicine of today. Allopathy derives its meaning from the Greek words allos (different) and pathein (disease or suffering). In allopathic medicine the premise is to confront or attack the disease. The second theory is the law of minumum dose.


  • Law of minimum dose—the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic products are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain.


This comes from Arndt Shutz law which states that - for every substance, small doses stimulate, moderate doses inhibit, large doses kill. That is to say, highly diluted pharmaca or poisons enhance life processes, while strong concentrations may inhibit these processes and even terminate them.


Homeopathic products come from plants (such as red onion, arnica [mountain herb], poison ivy, belladonna [deadly nightshade], and stinging nettle) and minerals (such as white arsenic).


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Homeopathic products are often made as sugar pellets to be placed under the tongue; they may also be in other forms, such as ointments, gels, drops, creams, and tablets.


The aim of homeopathy is to treat the patient's complex symptom picture with a remedy whose known effects most closely resembles the symptoms of the disease. For the homeopathic doctor, symptoms encompass the whole patient – physical, mental, and emotional.

Treatments are individualised or tailored to each person—it’s common for different people with the same condition to receive different treatments. Homeopathy uses a different diagnostic system for assigning treatments to individuals and recognises clinical patterns of signs and symptoms that are different from those of conventional medicine.

Always consult with a qualified Homeopathist before taking any medicinal substances.

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Some Commonly Used Homeopathic Remedies:

  • Aconite: For symptoms with sudden onset. Can be used initially in a barn, herd, or kennel outbreak, to be followed by more specific remedies.

  • Arnica: For injuries – bruising, sprains, sore muscles, eye injuries, over-exertion. Also available in salves and ointments.

  • Asenicum: Typical patient is anxious or restless, and may have acrid and watery discharges from the eyes or nose.

  • Belladonna: For fevers, pain, and severe, paroxysmic coughing where the eyes are dilated and may be bulging.

  • Byronia: Helpful for arthritis or rheumatism. Symptoms get worse with movement.

  • Conium maculatum: For trembling and weakness, especially of the aged animal and when the symptoms begin in the hind legs.

  • Hypericum: Reduces pain in open lacerated wounds and in injuries to areas that are rich in nerve supply.

  • Lachesis: Patient is aggressive and "talkative". Symptoms/lesions tend to be on the left side; the patient has a voracious appetite for food and sex, and dislikes bright lights.

  • Ledum: Used for treating puncture wounds.

  • Lycopodium: Typical patient has symptoms that tend to move from one part of the body to another. The patient dislikes being alone and appears apprehensive.

  • Nux vomica: Primarily used to treat digestive conditions. Is a "clearing", and strong constitutional remedy.

  • Pulsatilla: Used especially for female conditions of all sorts.

  • Rhus tox: The "rusty gate" remedy – for painful arthritic conditions that "squeak" when the patient first moves, but improve with continued motion.

  • Ruta: A powerful remedy for sprains and dislocations. Symptoms get worse after rest.

  • Silicea: For the shy, chilly patient. For treating chronic inflammatory conditions; for helping to rid the body of foreign bodies; for bone conditions.

  • Sulphur/Sulfur: Typical patient is dry, dirty-coated, smelly, overweight, and stubborn. Prefers cold, and the skin may be red all over. For skin conditions. Sulfur is powerful constitutional remedy, often used to clear the system before other remedies are used.

  • Thuja: For removing warts. One of the remedies to use when toxicosis or adverse reactions to drugs or other substances is suspected.

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