Nosodes - A Homeopathic Medical Preparation
Author: Christopher Day MRCVS
Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre - www.alternativevet.org
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What is a nosode?
A nosode is a medicine prepared, by homeopathic dilution and succussion methods (potentisation), from disease material. This material may be organ, tissue, fluid, secretion or discharge from a diseased animal. Nosodes can be made for any disease and are usually, although not exclusively, made from infectious disease cases.
How do we use nosodes?
Nosodes can be given for treatment of disease, which is a specialist area that you should discuss with your homeopathic vet. More commonly known is their use in the prevention of diseases, either in conjunction with or instead of conventional vaccination. It is not the place of this article to argue the pros and cons of this issue but simply to make known what is available. For those who want more information, a discussion with your homeopathic vet is vital.
What nosodes are available?
In the feline world, nosodes have been made for Calici Virus, Feline Panleucopaenia, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, Herpes, Toxoplasmosis, Feline Leucosis (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). While there are conventional vaccines for some of these diseases, of variable efficacy and safety, giving rise to differences of opinion on the optimum course of action, some are completely uncovered unless a nosode is given.
Advice on the use of nosodes
Always seek advice from trained vets, who are properly qualified in the field of veterinary homeopathy, when contemplating embarking on the use of nosodes. However, each vet will hold his or her own opinions, based upon the level of experience of each. There is more information on this topic on our website at www.alternativevet.org. The AVMC is always willing to offer advice to clients and to vets, on this topic.
Safety and Efficacy
While arguments continue on the question of efficacy, it must be said that the author knows of no published evidence of the efficacy of feline nosodes in the prevention of infectious diseases. It appears to be clear, from extensive usage in the field, that the use of nosodes is without risk of side-effect or adverse reaction. Furthermore, the author has been using nosodes for patients and for his own cats, for more than thirty years, without any unfortunate incidents of side-effect or failure. His own cats have never been given any conventional vaccinations. It also appears, from experience, that nosodes can provide protection to in-contact cats, when an infectious disease is found in a household or colony. Experience in this latter application applies mostly to FIP and FIV.
Copyright © Christopher Day MRCVS (Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre - September 2007