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Understanding the Various Ways to Administer Homeopathic Remedies

17 August 2011 No Comment

Understanding the Various Ways to Administer Homeopathic Remedies
By: Cheyanne West

Editors Note: If you would like more information on how you can incorporate homeopathic remedies with veterinary care, contact Cheyanne West by e-mailing her at: AskCheyanne@TodaysHorse.com

One of the most frequently asked questions about homeopathy is how it can be administered. Those of you who have been associated with a veterinarian who uses homeopathy my have been told to “just place a few pellets under the tongue.” This can be difficult to say the least, not to mention dangerous in some situations. I can’t imagine trying to get close enough to a frantic horse to get a few pellets under the tongue.

Most of your homeopathic remedies come in a milk sugar tablet-pellet form. It is always recommended that you do not touch the pellets directly and therefore a convenient cap is included in the container to pour the pellets into. Even still, it is best not to get anything on the cap that may contaminate the remedy.

There are several different ways to administer a remedy. You may put 1-2 pellets into a small glass of distilled water and once they are dissolved, you can draw a potion of this solution into a sterile syringe (without the needle attached) and squirt the horses gums or teeth. As long as it hits the mucous membrane of the gums or lip, the remedy will be absorbed. For self- medicating (using usually a lower potency) you may dissolve the pellets in a small glass of water and pour that into their water bucket or tank. This enables the horse to self medicate as needed.

When dissolving these pellets in a glass of water you may pour this into a spray bottle and spray the horses nose. This is effective in frantic situations where it is not safe to get too close to a horse, and also effective for cleansing a sensitive wound. Or you may pour this into a squirt bottle for those hard to reach places. This is great for the homeopathic remedy Calendula, when you are flushing out a wound.

I don’t ever recommend putting the pellets directly onto the grain. I know many people dose that way but it only makes sense that if you are asked not to touch the pellets directly, because they may become contaminated, then you run that risk when putting them in the grain as well.

The best way to administer remedies is by making a dosage bottle. At a health food store you can purchase a one-ounce amber glass bottle with a glass dropper. Make sure it is sterilized (by boiling both in distilled water for up to 20 minutes.) Pour distilled water to fill 1/2 – to 3/4’s full. Put 2-3 pellets of your remedy in the water and let them dissolve. Then fill the bottle to the shoulder with vodka, brandy or Everclear alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) .

You must use the alcohol as a preservative or the milk sugar tablets will mold. You need a minimum of 20% alcohol for the solution to hold. Don’t forget to label it and date it. From this dosage bottle you can put a drop or two of this remedy on a sugar cube and administer it that way. Or you can put a drop or two in their water bucket. The beauty of this is that you are not always in and out of your container, therefore not risking contamination. If you touch the dropper to a dirty surface you can place that dropper into boiling water and re-sterilize it. Placing it back into the bottle will contaminate your stock bottle.

The things that contaminate your remedies are very strong odor’s, such as diesel fumes, strong urine smell or ammonia and other chemicals such as nail polish, or nail polish remover. Just take a quick note of what is in the air before opening your bottle or container. You will find you will extend the life of your kit or remedy container and it is much easier to dose from this tincture bottle.

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