Homeopathy (homoeopathy / homœopathy) is a system of medicine that bases its therapeutics on the principle of ‘let likes be cured by likes’ – ‘similia similibus curentur’. The medicines used may be derived from animal, vegetable or mineral sources and, in latter times, remedies have also been derived from man-made substances. The initial requirement for treatment is knowledge of what effect a particular remedy or substance will have on a healthy body (i.e. what signs and symptoms it can provoke in a healthy body). The signs and symptoms presented by a sick animal or person are then compared to this ‘symptom picture’ of the various medicines, choosing that medicine which is the closest ‘match’.
There is no risk of: a) toxic side-effects, b) medicine residues in farm animal products, c) ‘doping’ or residues in sporting animals, d) stimulation of antibiotic resistance. Laboratory animal research is not required for its development.
The strategy of a homoepathic consultation is to find the correct stimulus for the body’s inherent healing potential (i.e. the correct homeopathic remedy) and, as an essential adjunct to this, to remove or to minimise any factors and influences that could obstruct or impede that healing process. For this reason, attention to the patient’s diet is an essential part of the procedure, with a conscious attempt to feed each species as naturally and as healthily as possible, in line with its evolved needs.
Please contact vet, Margot Hunter, for a consultation or the British Association of Veterinary Homeopaths for more information