Homeopathic medicine has been practiced around the world for about two hundred years; it is presently receiving more recognition because of its non-invasive but effective powers of healing. Veterinarians are becoming interested in homeopathy as an alternative to conventional drugs, especially in some of the chronic problems horses have. Horse owners are interested because homeopathy is an excellent treatment for many simple acute problems. When used correctly there are no side effects.
Homeopathy utilizes medicines derived from plants, animals and minerals. The medicines, or remedies as they are often called, are made under FDA regulation, by diluting each substance many times, and “succeeding” or shaking the solution between each dilution. The diluted remedy is generally put onto a small lactose or sugar pellet, making a very palatable and easily administered medicine.
To understand how homeopathy works it is easiest to use an example. If a person has a red itchy, hot rash that feels better under hot water, like poison ivy often does, the remedy would be the dilute homeopathic form of poison ivy, called Rhus Tox. This would trigger the body to heal itself from that specific problem.
Homeopathy can be used easily by the horse-owner to treat the every-day problems horses create for themselves, such as wounds, bruises and colds. Dr Harman has written a quick guide to first aid treatments with homeopathy (http://shop.harmanyequine.com/shop/books-information/equine-homeopathic-first-aid-by-joyce-harman/).
Other conditions treated with homeopathy are: colic, “heaves”, tendonitis, laminitis, allergies, behavior problems, skin diseases, Lyme disease and many more.
It is important that the person prescribing remedies for chronic conditions be a veterinarian trained in homeopathy, because a diagnosis is needed to accurately select the remedy. Dr. Harman does telephone consults for people across the country, please set up an appointment if you are interested.