Her name was Barra named after the brilliant white sandy beach on the beautiful Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. She was a labrador/collie cross, chosen because we like labradors and the collie genes tend to counteract the debilitating arthritis for which labradors are prone.
So imagine our devastation when at the tender age of 4 years Barra could hardly get out of her basket in the morning and it was getting worse.
Naturally we visited the vet but he could only suggest very expensive drug treatment administered every month for the rest of her life with no real guarantees of success. Coincidently at this time I was taking an interest in various therapies, one of which was homeopathy.
Since Barra often struggled with initial movement but gradually limbered up through exercising more, I decided to give her Rhus Tox 6X – a remedy for which the classic symptom is ‘better for movement’.
Was I lucky? Was it a miracle? Over the coming weeks, she became more active, her tail wagging and before long, she was jumping up like a young puppy.
Barra lived very happily for another 10 years and was not affected by arthritis again. She even seemed to relish taking the pill each day as if she knew if was this that was making her better. Through trial and error I tried many potencies of Rhus Tox, but the 6x potency given daily was the one for her.
Needless to say, I now practise as a Homeopath, and have never regretted a moment of it.
Homeopathy Healthy Medicine would like to thank Andrew Wilcox (Rhom, MARH) for his informative and engaging story.
This article was originally published in 'Homeopathy Healthy Medicine' in June 2010. This is a free newsletter published by ARH, and available at http://www.a-r-h.org/publications.htm.