Homeopathic Nosodes for Animals
What Is A Nosode?
In homeopathy, there is a special type of remedy called a nosode. A nosode (from nosos, the Greek word meaning disease) is a homeopathic preparation made from matter from a sick animal or person. Substances such as respiratory discharges or diseased tissues are used. It sounds repulsive, but the preparation, using alcohol, as well as the repeated dilution and succussion, essentially renders the substances harmless, while producing a powerful remedy.
The use of nosodes in a prophylactic manner, for preventing disease, has been employed in veterinary and human homeopathy for many years. It is supported by various holistic veterinarians and authors.
How do I use them?
They can be used in a number of ways by homeopaths, The first is to protect against disease in place of vaccines as described below; the second is as a similium in the same way as other remedies and thirdly they can be used to eliminate miasms or past influences of the disease in the treatment of a homeopathic case. The first, preventative use is what this page aims to discuss
The biggest advantage of nosodes over vaccines is the fact that they are completely safe. There are no risks or side-effects whatever. And they can be safely given to puppies and kittens much earlier than vaccines can. In fact, the mother can be treated before she gives birth, giving the puppies or kittens protection from the moment they are born.
Nosodes, like all homeopathic remedies, are very easy to administer: they are given by mouth, and don't even need to be swallowed. They are also very economical - far less expensive, in fact, than vaccination.
Limitations of Nosodes
There are some limitations to the use of nosodes. Rabies vaccination for dogs is required by law for the Pet Travel Scheme and in many countries, and the rabies nosode, called Lyssin, will not satisfy that requirement. You should know, however, for the health of your animal, that all vaccines, including rabies are legally and medically approved for use in healthy animals only!
So if your dog is showing any signs of acute or chronic disease, s/he is exempt from that requirement and should not be vaccinated.
.Are they affective in preventing disease?
There is only a small amount of evidence supporting the use of nosodes in order to prevent animals catching disease but homeopaths have seen many incidents where they are convinced that disease has been prevented or the symptoms vastly reduced after nosodes have been given. The best studies are those of Christopher Day in this country (1) see below. There are many problems in putting these things to normal double blind type studies not least the ethical consideration of deliberately infecting animals with infectious diseases. Also cost and the large number of variables involved.
How can they be used?
Young animals can be given a nosode of for example 'flu before they are likely to come across the disease, to help them fight it off. Symptoms seem to be much less in treated animals. (see Day's kennel cough study as a good example of this) Nosodes are used in the herd situation to prevent or reduce the severity of disease for example mastitis in dairy herds in organic farming. Here a nosode is made up from the infected animals in a herd and given to all other animals in the herd to reduce the likely hood of them getting the disease
How do I administer them?
Give your young companion a dose of a 30c nosode once a week from 7 weeks of age until they are 7 months old. Thereafter repeat every 2-4 weeks, and if they are going into an at risk situation for example 1 kennel nosode pill a few days before they go into kennels. They are given like other homeopathic remedies as pills or powders or in a liquid form. They appear to be able to be given in combination as conventional vaccines are but is is probably better to give separately whenever possible. They can be given in drinking water to a herd of cattle or as a spray into the nose. Consult your homeopathic vet for more advise
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(1) C. Day Isopathic Prevention of Kennel cough is vaccination justified? Int. Journal of Veterinary Homeopathy 2, No 2 1987
(2) C. Day Use of Homeopathy in Beef and Dairy Cattle Medicine