All animals including humans have a powerful ability to heal themselves, given the right stimulus and environment. Homeopathy, based on the “Law of Similars” that “like cures like,” is a system of medicine which uses the extracts of plants, minerals, animals, bacteria, viruses and more. Homeopathic remedies, are safe, gentle, free from side effects and may be used for the same symptoms in horses and humans.
When traveling, riding or even around the barn, it is advisable to have a few homeopathic remedies on hand.
Arnica 30x – Use for any type of trauma, bruising, strains, sprains or muscle over-exertion. Helps relieve inflammation, ease of stiffness in a horse that’s been worked hard. Good to use before and after surgery, and foaling.
Dose for trauma and muscular strain: 1 dose once an hour for 4 doses. Then 1 dose 3 or 4 times a day until improvement is seen. For surgery: 1 dose 3 times a day for a few days before surgery; 1 dose 6 times a day after surgery.
Aconite 30x – Use in the early stages of all feverish states. Useful for relieving stress and anxiety while traveling, or before a show or race.
Dose: 1 dose every hour for a few hours before show or trip.
Apis 30x – The first remedy to consider after a bee sting. Can be used after any insect bite (mosquito, tick) which causes swelling of the tissues.
Dose: 1 dose 2 times a day with symptoms, for 2 to 3 days.
Hypericum 30x – A great remedy for injuries to nerves. (In human crushed fingers and toes).
Dose: 1 time a day for one week.
Ledum 6x – For puncture wounds, insect bites and reactions to vaccinations or anaphylactic reactions. Hypericum and Ledum should be given together for any injury likely to lead to Tetanus.
Dose: 4 doses, 2 hours apart
Nux Vomica 6x – Used for digestive disorders, indigestion, constipation, colic or bloat. Use to ease discomfort, cramping pains before your veterinarian arrives.
Dose: 1 dose every 2 hours for a total of 4 doses. Digestive disorder dose 3 to 4 times daily.
Ruta Grav 30x – Used for any lameness that gets worse with movement.
Dose: 1 dose 3 times a day for 3 days.
Rhus Tox 30x – Used for arthritis and stiffness that improves with movement. Use for trauma to tendons and ligaments – bowed tendons, suspensory damage.
Dose: 1 dose morning and night for 4 days.
How to use Homeopathic Remedies
Ideally do not let pellets touch any surface and hands. Pour the pellets directly from vial into horse’s mouth, under tongue. If this is not possible, dissolve pellets in 1-2 teaspoons of distilled water and squirt them under tongue, or insert pellets in a hole in an apple or carrot. Typical dose for horses is 5 pellets.
Please note: Homeopathic Remedies are not to replace a veterinary diagnosis and treatment, they are intended to enhance the healing process.