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What is it?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the principal of “let like be cured by like”.

The remedies can be derived from animal, vegetable or mineral sources.

German physician Samuel Hahnemann carried out extensive pioneering work in the late 18th century. He tested his theory on himself and friends and discovered that even some of the most poisonous substances, diluted correctly, could be used to heal without side-effects or risk of toxicity.

Exactly howhomeopathic remedies work is a mystery, although research continues.

The key to successful use of homeopathy lies in matching the animal’s symptoms to the remedy – the closer the match, the more likely the chance of a response.

Tablets are available from health food shops, chemists and specialist suppliers, and are safe to use and free from side-effects.

How does it work?

Homeopathy is effective in treating a wide variety of problems from skin conditions to injuries.

Remedies are available principally in tablet form and need special care when being administered and stored.

They easily lose their potency if stored close to strong smells, bright lights, heat and electromagnetic radiation (eg televisions, computers or mobile phones. )

It is important that tablets are not handled: to administer, tip the tablet into the bottle lid and from there into the horse’s mouth. If this is not possible, try putting the tablet into a piece of carrot or apple and feed to thehorse.

How do I find our more?

For a list of qualified homeopathic vets, contact the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (tel: 01367 710324) or visit www.bahvs.com