Homeopathy is a form of ‘energy medicine’ that remedies made from highly diluted natural compounds. Homeopathy works on the principle of ‘like cures like’, meaning that the diluted, homeopathic form of a compound can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms that that compound causes in its basic form. For example, the homeopathic remedy Apis Mellifica is made from Bee venom. In its crude form, bee venom can cause itching, burning, stinging pain. In its homeopathic form, Apis can help to alleviate those same symptoms.
Sometimes, a homeopathic remedy can cause symptoms to temporarily worsen slightly, as it triggers the body’s curative response.
Here are five homeopathic remedies that you can keep on hand for basic needs. As always, we recommend that you consult with a veterinarian who’s familiar with the use of homeopathy when using this modality for your pet.
Arnica montana is one of the best known homeopathic remedies. It is commonly used in humans, in both topical creams and oral pellets. Arnica is excellent for bruising, muscle aches, sprains and general injuries, especially where the animal is shocked. Animals who benefit from Arnica may be fearful of touch and restless, constantly moving from one spot to another because of their discomfort.
Apis mellifica, made from the honeybee, is used for insect bites and stings that produce sensitive swellings. Animals who can benefit from Apis may be very hot but not thirsty and their pain is often alleviated by cold.
Arsenicum album is a great remedy for diarrhea, especially digestive upset caused by food poisoning, consumption of garbage, etc. They often feel chilly and their symptoms are alleviated by warmth. It’s especially useful in younger animals, and for those who are anxious, restless and thirsty. They are afraid to be alone and especially fearful of strangers.
Carbo vegetabilis is made from charcoal and is used for the alleviation of gas. It is a great remedy to keep on hand for dogs who are prone to bloat. Weakness, shock and general exhaustion indicate the need for carbo veg.
Thuja occidentalis is indicated for the treatment of warts and skin complaints. It is also used to help with adverse vaccine reactions, especially those reactions that cause skin problems.