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Homeopathic Remedies For Earaches, Pet Mange, and Other Conditions

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When a little boy is prone to earaches without warning, he can go from a happy state of play to a state of great anguish, crying violently while holding his right ear. In coordination with a homeopath, his mother will administer a dose of belladonna at the onset of an acute episode. This reduces the need for antibiotics and will quickly restore the child to a calm and pain-free state.

A beloved family pet may be susceptible to bouts of mange, an unsightly and painful skin disorder that greatly distresses both the animal and the owner. In consultation with a homeopath, the dog’s owner will administer a dose of the remedy Pulsatila at the first sign of a problem. This remedy reduces the need for steroid injections and will help to relieve the animal’s symptoms and restore her to a healthy condition.

What is this compelling form of treatment that is both safe for small children and pets and how does it work?

Homeopathy, a 200 year old system of medicine developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, uses highly diluted specially prepared doses of natural substances to trigger the body’s self healing mechanisms in a comprehensive manner.

People tend to call any kind of natural therapy homeopathy. When people come to my office, they expect me to prescribe high doses of vitamins and herbs. With homeopathy, however, we don’t do that.  We give specific medicines in very small doses for the whole person. It is a non toxic way to stimulate the body to heal itself. The more a remedy is diluted and potentized, the better it cures and without side effects.

Think about a child after a party. She is so excited she can’t sleep and is jumping up and down. That is a child in a coffee state, the effect of too much coffee. Give her a dose of homeopathic coffee and the child will calm down.

The basic concept of homeopathy is that “like cures like.” Hahnemann referred to this as the law of similars.  The patient’s symptoms present clues for what the body needs to rid itself of an illness.

For example, if a person is suffering form hay fever allergies, a homeopath might give him a tiny dose of Allium Sepa. This remedy is derived from the red onion, a pungent vegetable known to produce watering eyes and runny noses. By giving the patient a substance that will reproduce his symptoms, the homeopath seeks to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Today homeopathy is recognized and practiced throughout the world both as a stand alone treatment and as a complement to conventional medical therapy. It is an effective treatment in emergencies and acute illnesses like the flu as well as for chronic illness like allergies, arthritis, migraines, depression, and asthma.

Chris Rinehart, CHOM practices homeopathy in Sandpoint.  He is a member of the Sandpoint Wellness Council and may be reached at 208-610-0868.  For additional articles on homeopathy by Chris, please visit

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