The sixty most important remedies in words and pictures
60 homeopathic remedies for animals, portrayed with delightful cartoons and trenchant keynotes - studying remedy pictures has rarely been such fun!
The New Zealand veterinary homeopath Vicki Mathison combines in this work a fine artistic talent with profound sensitivity for the nature of the animals and the remedies they require.
"What better way to study than to capture the essence of a remedy in caricature. Vicki knows the spirit of equus as only a horse-lover can, sensing from the most minute detail the disposition and mood of the horse before her. Dogs, too, occupy a special place in her heart and her household, their antics portrayed in cartoon form in such a way that one “sees” the animal more clearly than before.
Vicki not only has the ability to crisply draw the essence, she also paints a clear image with her words. Through her eyes, the remedies come alive and are no longer merely a list of symptoms. The sadness of Natrium muriaticum, the agitation of Arsenicum, the restlessness of Iodum all take on an easily recognizable form. As she says, it is so beautiful to watch an animal “show” her a remedy picture.
This book will surely find its way into the homes of many animal lovers, whether they are familiar with homeopathy or not, and into the practices of veterinary homeopaths, for even those with much experience can be inspired to see animals in a fresh way." - Deborah Collins
„I don’t think I have ever laughed so much at such simple but totally effective caricatures.
Homeopathic remedies in a nutshell!“ - Jenni Tree
- Author: Vicki Mathison
- ISBN: 9783943309034
- 136 pages
- Published in 2018
- Printed in Germany
Reprinted with the permission of The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths. From the Journal 'Homeopathy in Practice', Winter/Spring 2013. Reviewed by Sue Armstrong.
The origins of this book as a study aid during the author's veterinary homeopathic training explains the simplicity of the content and the close correlation with currently available materia medica, particularly Robin Murphy's. Vicki has aimed at condensing the information into a recognisable picture of how an animal might present when in the remedy state, alongside lists of the strong modalities and indications for the remedies. However, when information is condensed there is always a danger of bias and omission; for example, there is no sign of the loquacity of Lachesis or the suddenness of symptoms and all or nothing nature of Phosphorus.
I was also surprised that the book claims to represent the 60 most important remedies. There will of course always be a certain amount of subjectivity with any ranking of importance but I personally found the omission of the Kali salts (other than Causticum), Phos acid and Calc phos for example, with remedies such as Asarum and Theridion in the 60 chosen, a little misleading in terms of the most commonly used and important remedies in veterinary homeopathy. However, the book does provide an easily readable and attractive study aid and will be a prized book for animal lovers interested in homeopathy as it is far more accessible than a classical materia medica.
The illustrations are very attractive and add to the book's appeal for the animal lover and visually biased individual and make this book more likely to be picked up and read as a coffee table book. With few good texts available on remedy pictures in animals this book definitely has a place. When I was asked to write this review, a dear friend and colleague was staying in my home in the final run up to her homeopathic examinations. She used this book extensively and found it a useful aide memoire, being simple to read and relate to after hours of heavier reading. This book does make you want to open it and before you know it you have refreshed your knowledge - I have just read through her account of Asarum and I can honestly say that before reading Vicki's book I had quietly forgotten this remedy altogether!