Our last blog examined the use of herbal remedies for eye problems in our pets. Today we’ll discuss homeopathic treatments for common eye problems in our pets. Allopathic medicine views symptoms as an enemy to vanquish. Allopathic practitioners reduce the symptoms to their pathologic cause and dose with medicines which are aimed at overriding cellular mechanisms. Homeopathic practitioners believe symptoms are a result of the body’s self-regulatory system reaction to stress. Symptoms are a result of the body’s efforts to become healthy. Sometimes the body is not able to accomplish this. Homeopathy helps strengthen the body’s defense mechanisms so the body can heal itself. Homeopathic practitioners look at the complete picture of the animal (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), not just the symptoms and prescribe the remedy, which most closely mimics this picture. Homeopathic remedies focus on the energetic level underlying all aspects of the animal.
Is Homeopathy safe?
Homeopathy is non-toxic. There are no suspected contraindications or drug interactions. Homeopathy is made from animal, plant, and mineral substances, which are processed through serial dilution and succussion. The succussion process strips away the material aspect of the substance while intensifying its energy signature. The energy signature stimulates the animal’s vital force.
The smaller the dose of a remedy. the more powerful its healing potential. The more dilute the remedy the stronger the healing energy. Three pellets or ten drops of liquid is the usual single dose. Give homeopathy between meals. The pellets are dissolved under the tongue if possible. Do not feed for at least fifteen minutes after a dose. Follow these guidelines to determine correct dosage:
- Older animals need lower potencies;
- The more deeply rooted the symptoms, the lower the potency;
- The more the remedy fits the disease process and the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the animal, the higher potency given;
- The lower the animal’s vitality, the lower the potency used.
There are two types of dilutions, Decimal and Centesimal. Centesimal potencies use the letter C (for Roman numeral 100). These remedies will be labeled 3c, 6c, 30c, etc. Decimal potencies use the letter X (Roman numeral 10). These remedies are labeled 1x, 2x, 3x, etc. High potencies are 1M and 200C. A medium potency is 30C. Low potencies are 6C and 3X. Low potencies are best for acute issues given four times per day. High potencies are best for chronic disease given one to two times per week. When improvement is seen, increase the time between dosing. Never touch the pellets. Drop them into the animal’s mouth. Store remedies in a cool, dark space, away from strong smells.
Following is the the most common remedies prescribed for eye problems. When deciding which remedy your pet needs, consult a Homeopathic materia medica. Remember, unlike conventional treatment, do not focus just on the symptoms, but for example, ask yourself, which time of the day does the animal appear worse, which side of the body is more affected, is the animal more excitable than usual or is the animal depressed. This will help you decide which remedy is correct. Here is a link to a pdf of William Boericke’s Pocket Manual of the Materia Medica.
- Aconitum napellus (Monkshood) is indicated immediately after an injury. Not only is it helpful for the injury but also it helps the animal overcome the shock of the injury. The Materia Medica states: Red, inflamed. Feel dry and hot, as if sand in them. Lids swollen, hard and red. Aversion to light. Profuse watering after exposure to dry, cold winds, reflection from snow, after extraction of cinders and other foreign bodies.
- Alumina (Oxide et Aluminum-Argilla) is indicated when the eye is dry because there is not enough tearing. The Materia Medica states: Objects look yellow. Eyes feel cold. Lids dry, burn, smart, thickened, aggravated in morning; chronic conjunctivitis. Ptosis. Strabismus.
- Apis mellifica (Honey Bee) is indicated for allergies, with pain, heat, swelling. and pressure. The Materia Medica states: Lids swollen, red, everted, inflamed; burn and sting. Conjunctiva bright red, puffy. Lachrymation hot. Photophobia. Sudden piercing pains.Pain around orbits. Serous exudation, edema, sharp pains, suppurative inflammation. Keratitis with intense chemises of ocular conjunctiva. Staphyloma of cornea following suppurative inflammation. Styes, also prevents their recurrenc
- Arnica montana (Leopard’s Bane) is indicated for injury where there is swelling. It limits bruising, bleeding, and retinal hemorrhage. It reduces the risk of infection. The Materia Medica states: Diplopia from traumatism, muscular paralysis, retinal hæmorrhage. Bruised, sore feeling in eyes after close work. Must keep eyes open. Dizzy on closing them.
- Arsenicum album (Arsenious Acid-Arsenic Trioxide) is useful when the eye is dry as a result of inflammation. The Materia Medica states: Burning in the eyes with acrid lachrymation. Lids red, ulcerated, scabby, scaly, granulated. Œdema around eyes. External inflammation, with extreme painfulness, burning, and excoriating lachrymation. Corneal ulceration. Intense photophobia; better with external warmth. Ciliary neuralgia, with fine burning pain.
- Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) is indicated for issues which are sudden onset when the eyes are red, hot, itchy and burning. The Materia Medica states: Throbbing deep in eyes on lying down. Pupils dilated. Eyes feel swollen and protruding, staring, brilliant; conjunctiva red; dry, burn; photophobia; shooting in eyes. Exophthalmus. Ocular illusions; fiery appearance. Diplopia, squinting, spasms of lids. Sensation as if eyes were half closed. Eyelids swollen. Fundus congested.
- Calcarea flourica (Flurodite of Lime) is indicated when the capillaries are injured. Materia Medica states: Flickering and sparks before the eyes, spots on the cornea; conjunctivitis; cataract. Strumous phlyctemular Keratitis. Subcutaneous palpebra.
- Calcarea phosphorica (Phosphate of Lime) is indicated when a foreign body is in the eye. Materia Medica states: Diffused opacity in cornea following abscess
- Calendula officinalis (Marigold) is indicated for corneal healing. Materia Medica states: Injuries to eyes which tend to suppuration; after operations; blenorrhœa of lachrymal sac.
- Causticum (Hahnemann’s Tinctura acris sine Kali) is indicated for eye pain and cloudy vision. Material Medica states: Cataract with motor disturbances. Inflammation of eyelids; ulceration. Sparks and dark spots before eyes. Vision impaired, as if film were before eyes. Paralysis of ocular muscles after exposure to cold.
- China officinalis (Peruvian Bark-China) is indicated for failing vision. Materia Medica states: Blue color around eyes. Hollow eyes. Yellowish sclerotica. Black specks, bright dazzling illusions; night blindness in anæmic retina. Spots before eyes. Photophobia. Distortion of eyeballs. Intermittent ciliary neuralgia. Pressure in the eyes. Amaurosis; scalding lachrymation.
- Cineraria maritima (Dusty Miller) is indicated when circulation within the eye is damaged. It also helps with the drainage of toxins. Materia Medica states: Has some reputation in the cure of cataract and corneal opacities. Is used externally, by instilling into the eye one drop four or five times a day. This must be kept up for several months. Most effective in traumatic cases. traumatic cases.
- Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock) is indicated when the eye is extremely painful and waters excessively. The Materia Medica states: Photophobia and excessive lachrymation. Corneal pustules. Dim-sighted; worse, artificial light. Paralysis of ocular muscles. In superficial inflammations, as in phlyctenular conjunctivitis and keratitis. The slightest ulceration or abrasion will cause the intensest photophobia.
- Coccus cacti is indicated when the animal continues to rub the eye after a foreign body is removed. There is little tearing. The Materia Medica states: Dull pain over right eye in morning. Sensation of a foreign body between upper lid and eyeball. Distress from cinders lodged in eye.
- Crotalus horridus (Rattlesnake) is indicated when there is profuse dark blood. It will sped the absorption of clots. The Materia Medica states: Very sensitive to light. Yellow color of eyes. Ciliary neuralgia;tearing, boring pain, as if a cut had been made around eye. For absorption of intra-oscular haemorrhages, into the vitreous, but particularly for non-inflammatory retinal hæmorrhages. Diplobia.
- Euphrasia officinalis (Eye Bright) is indicated for dryness, irritation, and redness of the eye and eyelid. The Materia Medica states: Catarrhal conjunctivitis; discharge of acrid matter. The eyes waters all the time. Acrid lachrymation; bland coryza Discharge thick and excoriating Burning and swelling of the lids. Frequent inclination to blink. Free discharge of acrid matter. Sticky mucus on cornea; must wink to remove it. Pressure in eyes. Little blisters on cornea. Opacities. Rheumatic iritis. Ptosis.
- Gelsemium sepervirens (Yellow Jasmine) is indicated for imbalances in eye pressure. The Materia Medica states: Ptosis; eyelids heavy; patient can hardly open them. Double vision. Disturbed muscular apparatus. Corrects blurring and discomfort in eyes even after accurately adjusted glasses. Vision blurred, smoky, pupils dilated and insensible to light. Orbital neuralgia, with contraction and twitching of muscles. Bruised pain back of the orbits. One pupil dilated, the other contracted. Deep inflammations, with haziness of vitreous. Serous inflammations.Albuminuric retinitis. Detached retina, glaucoma and descemetitis.
- Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) is indicated when there is ocular damage with blood clots. The Materia media states: Painful weakness; pain in eyes; bloodshot appearance; inflamed vessels greatly injected. Hastens absorption of intraocular hæmorrhage. Eyes feel forced out.
- Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wart) is indicated for eye injuries which are painful and the eye blood shot. There may be excessive blinking. Use after removing a foreign object from the eye. The Materia Medica states: For pain in the eyes.
- Kalium phosphoricum (Phosphate of Potassium) is indicated for problems with the optic nerve when the vision is weak. The Materia Medica states: Weakness of sight; loss of perceptive power; after diphtheria; from exhaustion. Drooping of eyelids.
- Lachesis mutus (Bushmaster) is indicated when there is dark intraocular hemorrhage. The Materia Medica states: Defective vision after diphtheria, extrinsic muscles too weak to maintain focus. Sensation as if eyes were drawn together by cords which were tied in a knot at root of nose.
- Ledum palustre (Marsh Tea) is indicated for bruising when there are puncture wounds or bleeding into the globe. Cold compresses relieve symptoms. The Materia Medica states: Aching in eyes. Extravasation of blood in lids, conjunctiva, aqueous or vitreous. Contused wounds.
- Lycopodium clavatum (Club Moss) is indicated for problems with the optic nerve. The Materia Medica states: Styes on lids near internal canthus. Day-blindness. Night-blindness more characteristic. Sees only one-half of an object. Ulceration and redness of lids. Eyes half open during sleep.
- Natum muriaticum (Chloride of Sodium) is indicated when the muscles of the eyes are weak. There is a discharge of pus when the lachrymal duct is pressed. The Materia media states: Feels bruised, with Eyelids heavy. Muscles weak and stiff. Burning in eyes. Stricture of lachrymal duct with suppuration. Escape of muco-pus when pressing upon sac. Lachrymation, burning and acrid. Lids swollen. Eyes appear wet with tears.
- Nux vomica (poison nut) is indicated for dry eyes with light intolerance and pain. The Materia Medica states: Photophobia; much worse in morning. Smarting dry sensation in inner canthi. Infra-orbital neuralgia, with watering of eyes. Optic nerve atrophy, from habitual use of intoxicants. Paresis of ocular muscles. Orbital twitching radiating towards the occiput, Optic neuritis.
- Phosphorus is indicated for bright red retinal haemorrhage. The Materia Medica states: Cataract. Fatigue of eyes. Atrophy of optic nerve. Edema of lids and about eyes. Pearly white conjunctiva and long curved lashes. Pain in orbital bones. Paresis of extrinsic muscles. Diplopia, due to deviation of the visual axis. Glaucoma. Thrombosis of retinal vessels and degenerative changes in retinal cells.
- Ruta graviolens (Rue-bitterwort) is indicated when the eyes are red and painful. The Materia Medica states: Eyes red, hot and painful. Pressure deep in orbits. Tarsal cartilage feels bruised.
- Senega (Snakewort) is indicated for cataract and spots on the cornea. The Materia Medica states: Hyperphoria, better by bending head backwards. Acts on the rectus superior. Blepharitis; lids dry and crusty Dryness. Starting. Lachrymation. Muscular asthenopia Opacities of the vitreous humor. Promotes absorption of fragments of lens, after operation.
- Silicia terra (Silica-Pure Flint) is indicated for cataract, styes, and injury to the cornea. The Materia Medica states: Angles of eyes affected. Swelling of lachrymal duct. Aversion to light, especially daylight; eyes tender to touch; worse when closed. Styes. Iritis and irido-choroiditis, with pus in anterior chamber. Perforating or sloughing ulcer of cornea. Abscess in cornea after traumatic injury. After-effects of keratitis and ulcus cornæ, clearing the opacity. Use 30th potency for months.
- Spigelia anthemia (Pinkroot) is indicated when pain persists after a foreign body is removed. The eye continues to water and there is frequent blinking. The Materia Medica states: Pupils dilated; photophobia; rheumatic ophthalmia. Severe pain in and around the eyes, extending deep into socket. Ciliary neuralgia, a true neuritis.
- Staphysagria (Stavesacre) is indicated when there is a foreign body in the eye and where there are injuries to the eyelids. The Materia Medica states: Heat in eyeballs. Recurrent styes. Eyes sunken. Margin of lids itch. Affections of angles of eye, particularly the inner. Lacerated or incised wounds of cornea.
- Sulphur (Sublimated Sulphur) is indicated for allergies with dry, red eyes and lids. The Materia Medica states: Ulceration of margin of lids. First stage of ulceration of cornea. Chronic ophthalmia, with much burning and itching. Parenchymatous keratitis.
- Sulphuric acidum (Sulphuric Acid) is indicated when there is bleeding within the eye and the swelling of the conjunctive membranes. The Materia Medica states: Intra-ocular hæmorrhage following traumatism. Great chemosis of conjunctiva, with aching and sharp pain.
- Symphytum officinale (Comfrey-Knitbone)is indicated for eyeball injuries from blows, striking of the eye or injury to orbit of the bone. The Materia Medica states: Pain in eye after a blow of an obtuse body.For traumatic injuries of the eyes no remedy equals this.
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