When you begin to research homeopathy, you will quickly see that there are remedies for many and various ills. In fact, this 200 year old system of medicine is a vast treasure house, capable of managing a plethora of conditions, some of which you may never have imagined. One such example is the effectiveness of homeopathy for insect control.
If you have rescued an animal, you have likely seen infestations of fleas, mange, parasites and more, which all result from a compromised immune system. A weak immune system is not limited to abandoned and malnourished animals, however; our pets are often exposed to toxins, drugs and chemicals that can stress the immune system. When the body is in a weakened state, insects and parasites can take over; it’s all a part of Mother Nature’s plan!
If you wish to treat any insect or parasite problem in your dog, you must restore the immune system to good healthy function. The first order of business is to improve the overall nutrition of the animal. Natural diets that are low in carbohydrates are the best option because grains and starches convert immediately to glucose, making an internal haven for any unwanted inhabitants.
This applies to both internal parasites and external parasites such as ticks and mosquitoes. Insect management for most pet owners consists of various drugs or chemicals. In an effort to prevent unwanted heartworm disease, many pet owners use toxic heartworm preventives or they use topical pesticides and chemicals to keep the ticks at bay. Although these products may be effective in the short term, they can be hard on an already compromised immune system and do not guarantee against relapse.
From the perspective of homeopathic medicine, pet owners can both treat and prevent insect bites. Specific homeopathic remedies can reduce swelling, redness and itching and speed healing whereas others improve immune function. Happily, the use of homeopathy to treat the effects of insect bites and infestations does not place an additional toxic load on the immune system, liver and excretory organs. Because of this, the homeopathic treatment of insect bites also reduces the likelihood of a repeat infection after treatment.
Remedies like Staphysagria, Ledum palustre, Grindelia, Cedron and Urtica urens are all indicated for mites, fleas, lice, mange, midges, black flies, horse flies, deer flies, chigger mites, bees, wasps, hornets, ants, dust mites, spiders, worms, ticks…the list goes on! Here is a brief guide to using these remedies for pest control.
Inflammation that is the result of an insect bite. It can range from redness and swelling to ulcers with green or yellow pus, hives,or scabby sores with water oozing from underneath. The skin isvery difficult to heal.
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Puncture wounds from any insect or object, often causing marked discoloration lasting long afterwards. Swelling, itching,inflammation, red spots and rash; poison ivy. Anti-tetanus properties.
For bites of insects, particularly fleas causing itching and burning.Eruptions may be vesicular and/or papular. Can also be effectivefor poison oak or herpetic eruptions. Also useful for ulcerswith swollen, purplish skin.
Affectations of the nerves occurring at exact periods is the most marked feature of this remedy. It antidotes the effect of snake bites as well as the stings of insects. There can be trembling and numbness of the whole body. Useful in malarial affections of damp, warm, marshy areas.
Itching, raised, red blotches. Nettle rash; worse every year, the same season. Prickly heat. Elevated hives with rheumatism; after shell fish; with pinworms. Vesicles. Intense burning and itching.
It is also possible to prevent insect bites and infestations by giving a homeopathic preparation prior to exposure. The same remedies that treat bites can be used to prevent them by reducing the susceptibility of the animal to them. This is called homeoprophylaxis…
giving a nontoxic dose of the medicine that treats a specific ailment before exposure to prevent the ailment. This practice has over a 200 plus year history in homeopathy and was more recently verified by research done by HL Trexler.
You can try any of the above remedies or try a ready made product. Unlike other methods of pest control, homeopathy is known to be both safe and effective. It is safe because homeopathic medicine is inherently nontoxic due to the unique process of dilution of the substance from which a remedy is made. The great thing about homeopathic remedies is that they are taken orally, do not smell bad and do not interact with medications or other preventative measures. Best of all, they work!
From the July 2012 Issue
Linda Miller is a classically trained homeopath whose interest in alternative medicine and nutrition started in her teens. Following her four year training at the Vancouver Homeopathy Academy, Linda now has a large homeopathic practice of adults and children at Xerion Homoeopathie. Linda continues to keep current with modern homeopathic practice by attending seminars worldwide. Visit Linda at www.xerion.ca