The symptoms seen in an unhealthy or sick horse are matched to the known toxic effects produced from a particular substance - this substance is then diluted and given as a treatment. This means that an exact diagnosis is not necessary because the symptoms seen are the body's way of fighting the disease and not caused by the disease. The belief is that when the substances which cause the same symptoms are given to a horse it stimulates the body's response to fight the disease. This has been explained as 'teaching the body to heal itself'.
This type of treatment is matched to an individual horse based on their symptoms and not on a specific illness. So two horses with the same illness may show different symptoms and therefore receive a different homeopathic treatment. A complete medical history is therefore of enormous benefit, unfortunately as horses often change owners this is not always possible.
Homeopathy can be used for:
· Rain scald
· Bruised Soles
· Muscle sprains/strains
· In the UK it is illegal for anyone other than a veterinary surgeon to prescribe a homeopathic treatment for a horse.
· The drops or tablets must NOT be touched by your hands as this will make them ineffective. An ideal way to administer the treatment is to pour the drops onto bread or a sugar cube or to dissolve the tablets in a small amount of water and do the same.
· The horse should not eat anything else for at least 30 minutes and not drink for at least 15 minutes.
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