Rhus Toxicodendron

About Hahnemann’s Remedies

The following remedy listed below is one of the most commonly selected by the animal’s I work with, including my own, as their constitutional remedy to help them heal. To provide some perspective, there are over 1,000 remedies available as a result of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s amazing contribution to us all. This is one of the main ones which keeps coming up for use with the animals. I have, therefore, provided the profile of this remedy for the pet owner to understand what each is “solving”, working on in the body from an animal’s perspective. Not every symptom may be apparent in your animal, but a lot of them most likely are. Your animal’s subconscious directs the remedy required, the strength, and the dose via muscle testing. This is how I come up with the suggested remedy. Dowsing confirms this, as well as the animal themselves.

Remedy Profile

The reference I am using is Boericke’ New Manual of Homeopathic Matera Medica with Repertory by William Boericke. Therefore, I have gone through the remedies profile and pulled out what I think is pertinent to the pet owner in relation to what they may be witnessing in their animal. The italicized words in blue are symptoms I have witnessed in the animals in addition to Boericke’s profile.

About Self-Selection

The animals know. Whenever I am offering a remedy to an animal, and this includes via their pet owner, I always ask them first, do we have the right remedy to help you? They will let you know. They are very clear. Teeth clenching; leaving the room, going under the bed, hiding, means no! Check again. It is of utmost importance to engage the animal in their own healing. They, without a doubt, know what they need. They just need a facilitator, someone to work with them, not dictate. Dictating will not heal anything from my experience, just “muddy the healing journey” so to speak. Once the animals know you are truly listening, their direction heightens, and I am sure their healing ramps up mapping this new-found mutual respect too. Last night my Flat Coat Retriever, came and told me she needed a dose of Rhus Tox. After I asked her a few questions, and she consented to the remedy once prepared, I received a lick to say thank you, and off she went to bed. Before this though she was literally following me at my heels. So, the animals are very clear when they know you are listening.

RHUS-T | Rhus Toxicodendron | Poison Ivy

MAIN ATTRIBUTES | Focuses on all fibrous tissues in the body where pain and stiffness present. Septic conditions. Rheumatism in the colder seasons. Intense itching.

ABMS Observation | Any animal with mobility issues, usually comes up testing as needing this remedy’s healing powers.  I refer to this as a “structure” remedy, the whole structure needs healing, and support.  Sometimes the animal’s system needs this remedy to follow Phosphorous, hours apart.  The stomach is a huge indicator as having trouble processing food, also as well as the need to drink excessively.

Healing Journey | I worked with a lovely cat who was poisoned via smell. This exposure ruined her digestive tract, and her food-drive, not wanting to eat. I felt her nasal passage down to her gut was burned. Just through smell. This was one of the remedies that helped her body heal.

I also worked with another little dog, poisoned via pharma, over and over and over again. This was one of the remedies to help relieve the intense itching due to the poisons in her organs flushing out through the skin.

Symptoms may be presented as:
Mind | Sadness, changes position all the time Restless. Can never get comfortable.
Head | Sensitive; does not like head to be touched
Eyes | Inflamed, red, discharge yellow or tears; ulceration of the cornea; old injuries of the eyes
Ears | Painful, scratches ears.
Nose | Sneezing, tip of nose – red, sore, ulcerated. May be swollen.
Face | Swollen , jaws crack when chewing, jaw line and cheeks sensitive to touch,
Teeth | Feel lose, gums sore. Tongue red, and cracked.
Mouth | Teeth feel lose. Gums sore. Tongue red, and cracked; blisters around mouth and chin
Throat | Sore, swollen glands, hard to swallow as painful – inflamed salivary glands more on left side
Stomach |Hungry, after eating bloated and nauseous; thirst, unquenchable
Abdomen | Colic, must walk bent forward, painful
Rectum | Diarrhea with blood, slime and reddish mucous , smelly stools
Urinary | Dark, muddy, urine, small amounts.
Respiratory | Midnight to morning – dry cough; chest appears to be struggling for breath.
Heart | Pulse, quick, weak, irregular, numbness left arm. Trembling and palpitations when sitting still.
Back | Stiffness, and painful, including back of neck. Better motion, lying on hard surfaces than sitting,
Extremities | Limbs are stiff, trembling after exertion,knee joints tender, unstable, tingling of feet (look for white hair here on animal, indicates joints in toes are under stress)
Skin | Red, swollen, itching intense, skin sores.
Modalities | Better – warmth, dry weather, motion. Worse – during sleep, cold, wet rainy, after rain; at night – during rest – when lying on back or right side


I am not a trained homeopath. Everything I have learned is from my homeopathic vet, and my own animals. I have been using homeopathy personally for over 15 years now. And I have hired many different practitioners for my own animals, observing what works and what does not. I have to say – nothing so far compares to muscle testing the being’s system to find out about what the being needs. All remedies may be purchased at local health food stores.

Profound gratitude, to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, for founding the remedies, to the humans who participated in the remedy’s findings, and to our wondrous Planet, Gaia, for all her healing gifts.