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Homeopathy: remedy overview

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Production of remedies

  • The combined process of dilution and succussion is called 'potentization', the resulting remedy dilutions termed 'potencies'.
  • All remedies start from the undiluted original substance, a form known as the mother tincture denoted by the suffix O with an oblique line placed though it. From this, the decimal potencies (denoted by the roman numeral suffix X) are produced by dilutions of 1:10, and centesimal potencies (denoted by suffix C) are produced by dilutions of 1:100. Additionally, M potencies denote one in a hundred 1,000 times.
  • For example, Arnica 30c (a remedy used in the treatment of injuries and shock) is produced by adding one part Arnica (in mother tincture form) to 99 parts alcohol and water mixture. It is then succussed (shaken vigorously), to give a centesimal potency of 1c. In turn, one part of this solution is added to another 99 parts alcohol and water mixture to give a potency of 2c. This is repeated 28 times until the 30c potency is achieved.

Care and storage of remedies

  • If stored correctly, remedies can have a long shelf life (in excess of 5 years).
  • Incorrect storage can easily affect the 'energetic' nature of the remedy.
  • Keep:
    • In a cool dry place, but do not refrigerate.
    • Out of direct sunlight.
    • Preferably in darkened glass vials or bottles.
    • Away from strong odors, eg camphor, garlic or peppermint.
    • Away from sources of electromagnetic radiation, eg computers, televisions, mobile phones, microwaves, etc.
    • Direct handling of the remedy to a minimum.

Sources of remedies

  • Many substances can be used in a remedy, including obvious material collected from the animal and plant kingdoms, along with various minerals and metals.
  • Other, less obvious, remedies can be produced from modern drugs, magnetism, sunlight, moonlight, X-rays and electricity.

Possible indications

  • Homeopathy can be used to treat a wide range of both acute and chronic conditions, in all species and in any age of animal. Most commonly treated conditions and symptoms include:
    • Skin conditions.
    • Arthritis.
    • Behavioral problems.
    • Diarrhea.
    • Colitis.
    • Epilepsy.
    • Respiratory infections.
    • Liver disease.
    • Kidney problems.
    • Can offer supportive treatment in cancer cases.
  • Initially, treatment may make the symptoms worse before an improvement is seen (referred to as aggravation).
  • Sometimes old symptoms reappear as part of the healing process (referred to as recapitulation).
  • If the wrong remedy is prescribed, it simply has no effect and the patient's symptoms do not resolve.

Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Davies C (2000) Pony with skin allergy. Br Homeopath J 89 (1), 41-42 PubMed.
  • Osborne C A (1996) Management of feline lower urinary tract disease by homeopathy. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 26 (3), 643-650 PubMed.
  • Thompson F, Ashton C, Flaherty C et al (1996) Do alternative therapies (acupuncture, herbalism, homeopathy, etc) have a role in your practice? Aust Vet J 74 (6), 426-427 PubMed.