Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre - Homeopathy
|Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843)
|Photo: Chris Day
Homeopathy is a form of holistic therapyVeterinary homeopathy in the service of animals
Main Site (over 600 pages of information and opinion): www.alternativevet.org
We use veterinary homeopathy at the AVMC, as part of our holistic
and integrative medical approach to cases. We support this with natural feeding advice, to promote better health and healing.
The homeopathic vet has to take account of the patient's character, demeanour, diet and lifestyle, offering
advice where necessary, in order to be able to apply homeopathy in its truly holistic manner.
is often called in where all conventional options have been exhausted. However, many people seek homeopathy as a first-line
treatment, preferring not to follow the route of surgery and modern drug medicines.
At the AVMC,
the homeopathic vet (Chris Day) is able to discuss and use a wide range of homeopathic options, including high potency, low
potency, single remedies and complex (multiple) remedies. We have a large stock of homeopathic medicines ready to dispense
|The homeopathic medicine Belladonna
(veterinary homoeopathy), a safe, effective and powerful form of medicine, uses the principle discovered and developed
by Dr Samuel Hahnemann in Saxony during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In literal terms, the name means
the treatment of disease using a substance which has the power to provoke similar symptoms when administered to a healthy
body. The symptoms that a substance can induce are discovered by means of ‘provings’ - tests on healthy human
beings. Hahnemann later developed the extreme dilutions which remain, to this day, a controversial area of homeopathic practice.
In circa 1813, in Leipzig, Hahnemann lectured on the use of his medical system on animals. He stressed that the principles
of homeopathic treatment should be the same as in humans.
Boenninghausen continued to develop veterinary homeopathy, on his extensive estate in Westphalia. Numerous authors
have kept the practice alive until, in modern times in the UK, George Macleod (1912 - 1995) was a very well-known veterinary
homeopath and homeopathic author.
In 1982 the British
Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) was formed, as a focal point for homeopathic vets and those vets and
students interested in veterinary homeopathy. The first veterinary courses commenced at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.
In April 1986, the International Association for Veterinary Homœopathy (IAVH) was founded in Luxembourg, with Christopher
Day as its first President. Among other work, this organisation has produced a Veterinary Materia Medica and has cooperated
in a veterinary homeopathic Repertory. The first veterinary qualification in the world (VetMFHom) was awarded by the Faculty
of Homeopathy in 1987. That organisation created the post of Veterinary Dean in 1988, in order to oversee education and examinations
in veterinary homeopathy and, in 1991, the first Veterinary Fellow of the Faculty (VetFFHom) was elected. In 2001, the first
examination and qualification in basic (first-year) homeopathy was established [LFHom(Vet)]. It was also the year of the emergence
of the first Veterinary Repertory. There is now therefore a thriving UK homeopathic vet community and an equally healthy
international homeopathic vet community.
of Veterinary Homeopathy
its very small beginnings, homeopathy and veterinary homeopathy were developed very extensively by Hahnemann. They did
not stop developing, with Hahnemann's death, however. So-called 'classical homeopathy', developed around the notion
of giving a single remedy, based on the totality of signs. Using multiple remedies (called 'complexes'), often with
a 'clinical indication' also developed widely in Germany and France. Some practitioners like to use low potencies,
some prefer high potencies. At the AVMC, we strive to use the best of all available
methodologies and practices, to suit the individual case presented, rather than to align with any single practice, dogma or
philosophy of homeopathic treatment. The welfare of the patient is more important than any particular philosophy or methodology.
The extensive range of medicines (pharmacopoeia) left
by Hahnemann has grown over the years, as has our understanding of it. At the AVMC,
we have developed several new medicines.
original ideas on miasms (applicable in chronic disease analysis) have been massively extended by some authors. The list of
homeopathic medicines now available to the homeopathic vet runs into several thousand, making ways of grouping remedies vital
to our ability to comprehend and use them to best advantage. This approach also helps in analysis of complex cases.
The miasmatic approach is of value in this, as is grouping remedies according to source materials (e.g. Kingdoms, Orders and
Families). The teaching of homeopathy has developed accordingly.
While the veterinary homeopathy of today is highly developed from Hahnemann's original, with much greater
scope for the homeopathic vet, it has retained the strictly patient-centred approach and is used, to the best
of our ability, to bring the patient back to health as rapidly, gently and completely as possible, according to holistic medicine
Homeopathy has been used in animals (veterinary homeopathy) for at least
190 years. For the homeopathic vet, the methodology is broadly similar to that used in human medicine. All types of animals
respond, from pets to farm animals, from horses to wild animals, from birds to fish. Organic farmers rely upon homeopathic
medicine as an effective, safe medicine which does not give rise to drug residues in meat, milk or eggs. Conventional
farmers also make use of its benefits. We have run modern intensive farms with veterinary homeopathy, without the use of antibiotics,
hormones and other drugs, showing its true capability. Among its other benefits, of especial importance in farmed animals,
is the fact that it cannot provoke 'antibiotic resistance' in bacterial populations. Furthermore, competition horses
and dogs can be given homeopathy, without risk of falling foul of competition ‘doping’ rules. While the use of
veterinary homeopathy can clearly enhance physical appearance and performance, by improving health, it cannot produce 'supernormal'
performance, in the way that a drug can.
are selected by a homeopathic vet according to their ability to stimulate natural healing processes in the animal patient.
The body itself dictates the reaction. Sometimes, usually heralding a good response, there may be a temporary 'therapeutic
aggravation' of local or superficial symptoms.The homeopathic consultation process is more complex than
the usual veterinary consultation. It can take a long time, depending upon the complaint from which the patient suffers. It
involves the diligent homeopathic vet in discovering a great deal of information, not just from clinical examination but also
from the owner. Likely questions may include details of background, lifestyle, environment, demeanour, character, likes, dislikes,
fears, diet, household & family details and responses to various external influences. This is typical of the holistic
In individual animals, many
chronic and refractory diseases can respond to homeopathic treratment, where conventional medication may
have failed. Injuries and acute illnesses also respond. In groups, herds or flocks of animals, in-water medication can treat
large numbers of animals safely, easily, cheaply and effectively.
is a gentle yet powerful form of therapy, without side-effects, which can just as easily treat dogs, cats, horses, donkeys,
goats, llamas, cattle, pigs, sheep as such sensitive species as birds and cage pets, wholly without risk of side effects or
idiosyncratic adverse reactions.
Conditions frequently treated are: arthritis, lameness,
cruciate rupture, chronic diarrhoea, atopy, allergy, autoimmune disorders (auto-immune), periodic ophthalmia (moon blindness,
moonblindness, recurrent uveitis, recurrent ophthalmia, ERU), head shaking (headshaking, head-shaking), hip dysplasia, COPD,
sweet itch, laminitis, corneal ulcer, elbow dysplasia, RAO, DJD, OCD, bone cysts, pasteurellosis (pasteurella), chlamydia,
cryptosporidia, pneumonia, meningitis, mastitis, ringworm, epilepsy, pyoderma, eczema, dermatitis, eosinophilic myositis,
eosinophilic granuloma, rodent ulcer, miliary eczema (miliary dermatitis), kidney problems, liver problems (hepatopathy),
Homeopathy, far from being a ‘folksy’
and weird system of esoteric medicine, has ‘gained its spurs’ and its use is increasing rapidly, as people realise
what it has to offer, whether as a 'first-aid', ‘first-line’ or 'last resort’ medicine. Skin
disease, arthritis, auto-immune disorders, bowel disease, epilepsy, heart problems
and behavioural conditions are frequent callers for the homeopathic vet but many other diseases respond.
Until modern times, little research had been conducted to establish its effectiveness.
This has now been remedied. Research papers are appearing, showing the widespread benefits of this simple, safe and effective
can be damaged by frost, excessive heat, sunlight and Aromatherapy. Its effects in
the body can be reduced by intercurrent aromatherapy, steroids (cortisone or corticosteroids) and anti-inflammatory drugs.
It is capable of careful and informed integration with Acupuncture, but these
two therapies may clash, if not properly integrated. Within these limitations, the homeopathic vet has massive scope for integrative
therapy, using veterinary homeopathy.
There are several thousand homeopathic medicines
available to the homeopathic vet. With them, homeopathy is able to treat infectious diseases, chronic diseases, acute diseases,
injuries and behavioural disorders. While cancer is not easily mastered, there are encouraging numbers of recorded cases of
complete recovery from some of the worst forms. It even enjoys widespread use in disease prevention, in place of vaccination. Many homeopathic medicines lend themselves to first-aid and emergency use. Most of these
are easily available in pharmacies and health shops all over the UK (usually in a 6c potency but
also sometimes available in a 30c potency).
list of homeopathic remedies useful in the first-aid situation, visit www.alternativevet.org/homeopathy.htm.
Homeopathy for animals: www.alternativevet.org/homeopathy.htm
Homeopathic Vet: www.alternativevet.org/homeopathic_vet.htm
The Law regarding homeopathy for animals
The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 restricts the treatment of animals (other than your own) with homeopathy, by anyone
other than a fully qualified vet.
For further information,
Homeopathic vet at work - Putting the patient first
Homeopathy for horses - homeopathy for dogs - homeopathy for cats - homeopathy for ponies - homeopathy for
farm animals - any species can benefit.
Written by Chris Day - homeopathic vet and holistic vet.
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Veterinary homeopathy is without side effects
Veterinary homeopathy is safe in all species
Veterinary homeopathy is safe for all ages, including
during pregnancy or suckling
Veterinary homeopathy requires no laboratory animal experimentation
cannot give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Veterinary homeopathy treats the patient,
not the symptom
Veterinary homeopathy does not suppress symptoms or signs of disease
Veterinary homeopathy stimulates
the body's own healing ability
homeopathy operates at the bio-energetic level
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