What are Homeopathy & Essences?

Homeopathic Remedies

As with sound frequencies, I became interested in homeopathy while searching for ways to help feral cats. Where else to get medication for a cat you can’t touch, let alone take to the vet, when it is obviously in need of help? And if I chose the wrong remedy, it wouldn’t harm, it just wouldn’t work.

Homeopathic remedies commonly come in tiny pills you can dissolve in a dropper bottle of distilled water. They can be very sensitive so you don’t touch them with your fingers, use the cap of the container. And don’t expose them to strong odours like coffee or garlic. Mix a dropperful into (fairly bland smelling) soft food. Or, drop or spray some on the feral cat as it streaks by — they don’t have to swallow it, it just needs to be on them. (Chances are they’ll lick off the fluid anyway).

Homeopathy is very unlike Western science which has led to lots of objections about its use , particularly in North America. It is much more accepted in Europe, particularly Britain, and also in India. Basically, the idea is that a dilution of a substance that causes similar symptoms will cure those same symptoms. Cutting an onion makes you cry, right? Allium Cepa (red onion) highly diluted so none of the original substance is left, can relieve runny eyes and nose of a cold. Although the following documentary is almost 45 minutes long, just watching the first few minutes can be very informative.

Well, if necessity is the mother of invention, need is the parent of testing. I had had recurring post nasal drip for years, presumably from my sinuses. I was a regular user of over the counter antihistamines. After I had begun trying homeopathics with my cats, I read in one of my cat homeopathic books that silicea could help with sinus problems. I tried it. I could feel the post nasal drip drying up over a couple of minutes. I stopped needing antihistamines. And eventually, I stopped needing the silicea unless I had a cold or a bad allergic reaction.

I was convinced. Homeopathy works!  When I was first experimenting with audio homeopathy frequencies, (now difficult to find) I deliberately ate a lot of milk product (to which I am allergic)  to produce that post nasal drip. Then I listened to the silicea frequency. Same thing as the pill! Within a couple minutes, I was all dried up. Skeptics can complain all they want but I had all the proof I needed.

What is silicea? It’s flint. Remedies are made from diluted mineral, vegetable or animal substances, some of which would be poisonous in their undiluted form. At work one day, after thanksgiving, the office manager was complaining of nausea and stomach ache from too much turkey. She thought she might have to go home, nothing she tried helped. I had her toss back a nux vomica (also called columbrina) pill from the cap of the tube. We went back to our separate work areas. Just before I was to leave for the day she came rushing to my desk demanding, “Okay, what was it and where do I get it?”  I wrote out the name and directed her to the health food store.

What is nux vomica? In its undiluted form it is known as poison nut. It is a tree and its seeds contain strychnine. From the 17th century onward, small doses of strychnine were used by physicians to assist digestion. No physical substance remains in the homeopathic dilution yet it is a classic remedy for indigestion.

Another example was the mobile security guard. Twice a night he would come by to do a security check of the hotel premises where I worked. This particular night he was fine on the first check, but on the second his eyes and nose were getting runny and he was coughing. When I asked he confirmed that these symptoms had just started. I gave him a pill of Aconitum Napellus. I was on days off after that but when I did see him again the first thing he said to me was “What was that stuff?” He went on to say that by the time he arrived home after his shift the symptoms were nearly gone. In its undiluted form, Aconitum is aconite also known as monkshood, a toxic plant. The homeopathic dilution can be used to short circuit illness that comes on suddenly.

In these examples, the classic symptoms were easy to match with the remedy and that is true of the basic remedies.But there are other less well known remedies that are useful in some circumstances. And there are many other variables to consider when choosing a remedy such as potency (how diluted it is), constitutional type of the person or animal, and possible antidotes. Some remedies may antidote each other — cancel each other out. Remedies may also be antidoted by strong odors and electromagnetic fields such as those generated by electric blankets or cell phones.

When I found a limping feral cat coming to my feeding station, I wanted to help him with homeopathy. But I didn’t know why he was limping. Was it a wound, an insect bite, a sprain, a fractured bone? So I decided to combine remedies to cover the possibilities but I had to be sure none of my choices antidoted any of the others. There is a chart of homeopathic relationships that originally was included in Boericke’s Materia Medica. Using this I combined Gunpowder (for wounds, insect bites), Symphytum (for bones)  and Arnica and Ruta  (for sprain) each in a 200ch potency. I’m pleased to say it seemed to help and the limping decreased even though I wasn’t sure of the cause.

It is also possible to make a homeopathic remedy for your illness or your animal’s illness by a dilution of your or the animal’s saliva or other fluid. This is called Autopathy.

When I am in need of homeopathic advice I turn to my friend Marie who raised her daughter and treated her farm animals homeopathically. Marie is a champion of self study and recommends Homeopathic Care for Dogs and Cats by Don Hamilton for animal owners.

The British Institute of Homeopathy offers some distance courses in veterinary homeopathy. The Saint Francis College of Animal Homeopathy offers distance courses in animal health which include homeopathy as well as other holistic animal health information. Hampl animal medicines in Australia manufacture veterinarian formulated and approved naturopathic formulas that include homeopathy. They ship globally.

Books I have found helpful include: Cats: Homeopathic Remedies by George MacLeod; Natural Healthcare for Pets by Richard Allport; and Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats by Diane Stein. Many countries also have Holistic and/or Homeopathic Veterinary Medical Associations and can refer you to a practitioner near you. Some holistic vets will do phone consults if your own vet will fax or email them the animal’s medical records. In that case they may prescribe treatment based on their holistic knowledge.

Essences

Essences are similar to homeopathics in that water has been infused with the essence of some plant, animal, mineral or combination and preserved. Probably the most well known essences are the Bach Flower Essences created by Edward Bach, a British physician and homeopath who died in 1936. His 38 essences were meant to correct emotional imbalance.

 

Perhaps the most well known Bach flower essence is Rescue Remedy which is made up of five individual Bach essences. It is meant to help in stress and emergencies by calming the person or animal. Rescue Remedy may be found in many veterinary clinics and comes in forms for pets and kids. Testimonials refer to how helpful it is for both animals and people.

While Bach Flower Essences are probably the most well known essences, essences have been made from flora and fauna the world over. Some of them are:

Anaflora Essences

Australian Bush Flower Essences

Pegasus Essences

Perelandra Essences

My friend Marie works mostly with Pacific Essences and when I asked her why, she said she liked how they correlated with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In conclusion, both homeopathics and essences can be highly useful in rebalancing animals and humans on multiple levels.