The Making of Homeopathic Medicines to save wild animals
The Making of Homeopathic Medicines
Homeopathic medicines are produced in several different forms. Tablets, pillules, crystals, powders, tinctures, and sprays are for internal use, depending upon your preference or that of the patient.
Lotions, creams, and ointments are for external (topical) use. Injections are also available, to veterinary surgeons, for some remedies. The commonest available ‘over-the-counter’ form is tablets.
The medicines are prepared, under very strict hygiene and quality control, by a meticulous process of dilution first used by Hahnemann.
The dilution is in several stages of one-in-ten for the decimal scale (rare in the UK) or one-in-one-hundred for the UK’s more common centesimal scale. The centesimal scale is labeled with a number denoting the number of dilution stages undergone,
along with the letter c denoting centesimal (no letter at all also implies the centesimal scale).
This designation is referred to as the ‘potency’ of the medicine. At each stage of dilution, the solution is violently and rhythmically shaken or succussed. It is this dilution and succession process that has created the controversy over the efficacy of homeopathy, with those who would criticize not appreciating the subtle energetics that is at work in solutions and in biological systems.
Hahnemann found that diluting (and succussing) the medicines made them much safer and, paradoxically, more powerful as medicines, hence the word potency. The 30c is theoretically a more ‘powerful’ medicine than the 6c but 6c is adequate for most common ailments.
The dilutions or potencies most commonly available in the UK are 6c or, more rarely, 30c. However, very extreme potencies are available from the manufacturers and manufacturing pharmacies.
The label on a package will appear in the form:
Arnica 6c or Arnica 6 for the sixth centesimal potency of Arnica and Arnica 30c or Arnica 30 for the thirtieth centesimal potency of Arnica.
The same remedy would be labeled Arnica d6 or Arnica 6x if the remedy were to be purchased in the 6th decimal potency but the decimal potency range is rarely obtainable in the UK, so need not trouble the reader.
Allergies, Intolerance and Diet Considerations
The small hard globulin (pillules) are usually made of sucrose (common sugar). The tablets and powders tend to be lactose (milk sugar). If there are known sensitivities, allergies or intolerances to either of these substances, then the other should be chosen.
Liquids usually contain some alcohol. If there should be a problem with this, aqueous solutions can be formulated.
Care and Storage of the Medicines
Homeopathic medicines are, by virtue of their dilution and finesse, very fragile.
They must, therefore, be handled and stored carefully if they are to be of value to you over a number of years. There ten very simple rules to follow, when handling and storing these medicines.
Store in a glass bottle (preferably brown).
Store in a dark cupboard.
Store in a normal temperature range.
Do not refrigerate, freeze or overheat.
Protect from sunlight at all times.
Store away from strong‑smelling substances e.g. perfumes, smelling salts, camphor, liniments, paints, polishes, air fresheners, etc.
Keep the lid on the bottle at all times when not in use.
Avoid handling medicines.
Do not return accidentally handled or dropped medicines to the bottle.
A further ten points serve to describe the way to administer the medicines:
Do not handle the medicine. This would be likely to destroy its potency.
Pillules may be given directly from the bottle cap or from a plastic spoon.
Tablets can be put directly into the mouth or crushed into powder first, between two spoons or in folded paper.
Powders and crystals can be given from a folded piece of paper.
Tinctures may be put into the mouth from a dropper bottle, or sprayed onto the gums or tongue. For birds, a few drops onto the tip of the beak will usually suffice.
All forms of medication can be put into the drinking water or dissolved in spring water and gently dosed from a syringe or dropper directly into the mouth, or put on the nose to be licked in (cats will happily lick the medicine off their front feet).
Do not give with food.
Try to give medicines to the patient at least five minutes away from a meal.
If medicines must be given with food, make it an extremely small quantity of very bland food, e.g. margarine, cream or butter.
If two medicines are to be given concurrently do not give them at the same time. Try to allow a short interval of at least two minutes.
If a condition is acute and dramatic, several doses can be given within minutes. If it is less dramatic and less acute, once or twice daily dosing should suffice.
Use of Lotions and Mother Tinctures
Lotions may be used on sores and wounds (some would say except Arnica but the author has found no problem with Arnica used in this way) if diluted approx. 1 in 10 with boiled, cooled water. Mother tinctures may be similarly diluted but, e.g. for use in eyes, dilute a few drops in an egg cupful of boiled, cooled water. Mother Tincture is the name given to the tincture prepared by macerating the original plant material, prior to potential- station (dilution and succession).