Homoeopathic "remedies", as they are called, are prepared in a
very specific manner. The original substance is usually from a natural
source, such as plants or minerals, and is progressively diluted and “potentised”
by violent shaking at each step, until the final remedy often
theoretically contains none of the original substance! Theories for the
mechanism of action include some form of electromagnetic "memory"
on the water used to dilute the substance, which occurs with a process
called “cavitation” during the shaking process. These are
technical terms that do not have to be understood to use homoeopathy
Because homoeopathy seems to work at an energetic cellular level, the
methods for diagnosing and treating disease are very different to
traditional medical thought. Homoeopaths view disease as a manifestation
of a disturbance in the inherent "vital force," and symptoms
of the disease are absolutely unique to each patient. Not all animals
manifest exactly the same symptoms for the same diseases. The
homoeopath views these different manifestations as individual
differences in the state of the patients' energy; therefore, they would
receive different prescriptions. For this reason it is important to know
your animal well and to observe him / her closely before a consultation.
Homoeopathy is said to treat the patient, not the disease, working with
the life force and immune system to “teach the body to heal itself".
Conventional medications usually treat signs of the disease or symptoms
rather than the underlying causes or susceptibilities that caused the
problem in the first place. In homoeopathy causes and susceptibilities
are of paramount importance, and so it often reaches the body on a much
deeper level than conventional medicine is able to.
are around two thousand homoeopathic remedies from which to choose when
a prescription is made, and the trained homeopath must be familiar with
them to find the one that best matches a patient's symptoms. This is the
reason that the first consultation takes a long time, because not only
is there a lot of information the homoeopath needs to elicit but he/she
may spend hours analysing an animal after the patient has left.
homoeopath will also be looking for obstacles to cure, and will work to
correct imbalances in the environment, diet and daily routine of the
animal. For this reason homoeopaths may make certain changes to diet and
advise certain supplementary treatments, such as herbs, tonics,
nutritional aids, and other natural therapies, such as healing or