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The Power of Tinctures

Veterinarian Gautam Unny shares a case of a dog with a mast cell tumor which he treated with high potency Thuja, as well as tinctures of Condurango, Gallium Aparine and Hydrastis.

When we were taught our homeopathy we were told mother tinctures were shotguns, powerful at sho    rt range but lacked depth. Similarly, the potencies especially the higher ones were equated to sniper rifles. If one had a very clear, unique queer or unexplained symptom or target as the analogy may be, they worked wonders. The clearer the symptoms the better the potencies would be.

In some cases, especially chronic cases the veterinarian is hampered by lack of good subjective symptoms and thus relies on mother tinctures. Especially in old cases the sequalae of events leading to a current problem is often lost and the pet parent often has no clue. However, I have seen even in these cases homeopathy has much to offer in the form of mother tinctures in veterinary science.

Today I wish to present Nancy, a feisty Spitz aged 15 years, who had been referred to our clinic for homeopathic treatment. She had an ulcerated mass on her thigh that on FNAC showed up to be a nasty Mast Cell tumor.

The pet parent was reluctant to go for surgery keeping in mind the poor prognosis and advanced age of the patient. The case was taken up in the first week of April and the photographs have been attached. The pictures of yesterday the last day of May 2022, have also been included to show the results. The FNAC reports are also attached.

After examining her, an ulcerated growth with purulent discharge was seen. Nothing very abnormal about her thirst, thermals or concomitants were reported. It was thus decided to go for a single dose of Thuja occidentalis at a 1M dose to be repeated monthly. According to Boericke’s Materia Medica, its action is seen on pathological vegetations, condylomata, warty growths and spongy tumors.

In the past we have tried a combination of three mother tinctures for tumors with very encouraging results. With nothing to lose and everything to gain at Nancys advanced age we decided to start all three at the rate of 10 drops thrice a day.

The first was Galium Aparinae (cleavers or catchwood) with clinical indications for cancer. Its properties are listed as having power to suspend or modify cancerous action and promote granulation tissues on ulcerated surfaces, exactly what Nancy needed.

The next tincture was Hydrastasis Canadensis MT (orange root or golden seal) indicated in cancerous and precancerous stages where ulceration has not begun but there is extreme pain. In Nancy’s case though ulceration was present there was extreme pain as a valid reason to select the remedy.

The last tincture was Condurango MT (Condor plant Gonolbus Condurango) that is also indicated in cancers and has been known to improve general health.  This is by improving digestive functions.  The effect of this was seen in Nancy, as not only did her appetite improve but she also began to grow stronger and gain weight.

The ulcerated wounds began to close by the third week and she seemed to improve her vitality. She was regaining her feisty nature and once again snarling at her vets much to the amusement and happiness of her pet parents. The ulcer and mass on her leg has healed though she has now developed a new small mass on her last mammary gland. That hopefully too will resolve in due course.

About the author

Gautam Unny

Dr. Gautam Unny B.V.Sc, M.I.S.V.S. is a practicing veterinarian in New Delhi, India. He has over two decades of clinical experience. He has recently completed his Post Graduation Certification in Veterinary Homeopathy from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU). He is now treating his animals in a One Animal One Health approach with a combination of Homeopathy and Allopathy. The Amrita Pet Care Clinic -


  • Dear doctor, could you kindly recommend, based on your practical experience, a list of suitable Matrix Tinctures for the treatment of a case of inoperable breast cancer (inflammatory carcinoma 6 cm on the left chest and 2 new nodes on the right groin) with metastases to axillary lymph nodes, and probably in lungs (the cough when getting up) in a 14-year-old unsterilized female wire-haired fox terrier with a history of false pregnancies (Pulsatilla was effective with closed form of mixometra). Repertorization by two methods: Boenninghausen and Kent currently indicates Graphites: C6, C12, C30 – selected on the basis of individualizing symptom: Trichiasis of eyelashes, irritating the cornea, characteristic of this breed (there was a corneal ulcer, cured by a veterinarian with dog serum). Previously, the following drugs were used for 3 years: Conium maculatum (aggravation – increased tremor of the extremities), Carcinosinum, Schirrinum, Asterias rubens, Calcarea fluorica, Psorinum, Thuja occidentalis, (20 warts on the body, head, ears, lower eyelid – without effect) Arsenicum album, Causticum, Scrophularia nodosa, Carbo animalis, Lapis albus, Galium Heel. Phytolacca decandra D3 – accelerated enlargement of the axillary lymph node on the left. Anemia was corrected by Ferrum metallicum C6 C12 C30.

  • Dear Doctor, Gautam Unny, would you be kind enough to share your experience from the practice of your veterinary clinic using homeopathic Mother Tinctures for breast adenocarcinoma in a dog.

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