Perhaps one of the greatest assets of homeopathy is its ability to treat seizures. Luckily, there is some research to back this claim up.
Varshney et al published a study in Homeopathy 2007. In their study, a single remedy, Belladonna 200C, was used in ten dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. During the seizure phase, 3 to 4 drops of Belladonna were administered orally at 15 minute intervals, until the researchers saw a considerable reduction in seizure activity, then it was given four times daily.
Dogs with head shaking syndrome as well as seizures were also given 3 to 4 drops of Cocculus 6C weekly for an additional three months.
In this study, the numbers of fits reduced to just two or three during the first two weeks of the study, and then became occasional in next two weeks. With the continuation of Belladonna, no fits were observed during the two to seven months of follow-up. In two cases, epileptic fits reappeared within 15 to 25 days after stopping the homeopathic treatment. When the Belladonna was resumed, the seizures were again controlled.
Other Remedies For Epilepsy
Although the fits themselves are acute, epilepsy is a chronic disease, and as such, should be treated with a constitutional remedy (this is a remedy that considers the dog’s unique personality, emotions and physical makeup).
The constitutional approach is aimed at obtaining a complete cure and offers the best hope of success. Sometimes an “acute” remedy is also used in addition to the constitutional remedy. Here are some acute remedies that focus on seizures:
Useful for both attendant and patient! The sudden onset fits the picture, and fear is sometimes seen just prior to the fit.
Another remedy where suddenness is a feature, together with the violence of the convulsions. There is great sensitivity during the fit, and the slightest external stimulus will keep it going. The attack usually involves a single fit rather than a cluster. As it is the acute of Calc carb, it is often of use where that is the indicated constitutional remedy.
This has the reputation of the keynote of fits occurring during sleep. In actual fact, the link is to night and sleep combined. The other feature is worse in a warm room. There is often a howl at the start of the fit.
A distinctive feature here is that during the spasms, the head is thrown back and to the side, so that the muzzle rests on the shoulder blade facing towards the tail.
A very useful remedy, its connection with vertigo gives it its place in this context.
Related to Belladonna and Stramonium, this is also an excellent “local” remedy. Its picture is characterized by excessive movements of the face, both prior to a fit and at other times.
As Potassium bromide this is used as a conventional anti-convulsant and it is also employed as a homeopathic remedy. The timing of the fits is often linked to estrus, and there is marked excitement before they start.
Silica, having both convulsions and “ailments from vaccination” in its picture, is extremely useful when seizures are vaccine induced.
The causes of epilepsy are many but arguably the most common is vaccination. It is well documented that vaccinations, both primary and boosters, can on occasion produce convulsions. No animal with a history of convulsions, from whatever cause, should be given a vaccination without very good reason.