Faculty meetings all day yesterday

Yes, it was a full day of meetings, capped off by an excellent lecture by David Owen.

In order to stretch my legs a little during the brief lunch pause, I strolled in the garden at the venue (Royal College of Physicians) and espied this wonderful flowering Hamamelis specimen (better known as Witch Hazel).

On our AVMC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AVMC.UK), there is a series of verses on homeopathic medicines for animals, including one on Hamamelis, featuring this photo.

 

Verses on Homeopathic Medicines

On our Facebook page, we have verses and pictures of homeopathic first-aid medicines for animals.

These are intended as a handy way to remember the scope of the remedies.

It is an ongoing series.

www.facebook.com/AVMC.UK

The page of the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre – administered by Christopher Day.

Lovely news – Golden Retriever patient

I received this letter today: This is what makes the world go round and makes our lives at AVMC worthwhile. It is lovely to receive such reports. Above all, Becky’s story and many others teach us never to give up faith in our dogs’ healing capability. Before anyone says ‘but homeopathy did that, not the dog’, we should remember that homeopathy only provides the stimulus, the patient does the job. (By the way, the image is not of Becky).

Becky – Golden Retriever

“I am so grateful for all the help with Becky’s health since I came in May 2010 (prior t that you had supplied nosodes as an alternative to vaccination).

I was not too positive at the time as she had been diagnosed with both incontinence and arthritis of the spine. Her vet had given a pessimistic outlook with an increasing lack of mobility. The thought of her having long-term prescription drugs for the incontinence did not appeal to me, as she was only 11 at the time.

Your prescription greatly assisted with the incontinence which later disappeared (with a combination of the homeopathy and an ever-decreasing dose of the prescription drug).

The homeopathic pills prescribed for her mobility problems made an immediate and very noticeable improvement and she has had a good and apparently pain-free life since that time, enjoying walks, holidays, visits to relatives etc. She also received many compliments from strangers who all thought she was a  much younger dog and about how well she looked.

Becky is always happy to take her homeopathic pills, unlike the ‘other medicines’.

Early this year (2012), she was diagnosed with liver disease and or a tumour. This seemed to me a very depressing outlook and I once again called on your help. You were most encouraging and prescribed homeopathic pills for the liver problems, reviewed her other pills and suggested I should continue with some of them for her mobility. We recently increased these and this again made an immediate difference, with her mobility increasing again and her legs becoming much stronger again.

Although I obviously cannot see what is going on internally, I have noticed that externally all the little bumps and cysts that she had have disappeared.

She enjoyed another holiday this year in Somerset, in October, and continues to get very positive comments about how well she looks (now aged 13+). Thank you.

www.alternativevet.org

eBook: 50 Homeopathic First-Aid Medicines for Animals

The small project that started on Facebook, with 40 remedies has grown!

In this new eBook the original 40 medicines have received some augmentation and ten new medicines have been added.

This book should be an excellent companion to Homeopathic First-Aid kits and provides valuable hints on the application of these 50 important medicines in all domestic species.

www.lulu.com/spotlight/chrisdayvet

All you need to read these on your desktop or laptop, if you don’t have an iPad is Adobe ADE – a quick and easy free download.

www.alternativevet.org

 

 

Modern Medicine comes from Herbs

It is not a widely advertised fact that a great deal of modern medicine has derived more or less directly from herbs (herbal medicine, herbalism, phytotherapy). The modern drug derivatives from herbs are ‘unique’ chemicals, manufactured in the laboratory, so they can be patented and make their ‘inventors’ a fortune. Nonetheless, although it seems to be fashionable to demonise natural and indigenous medicine, drug companies (multinational pharmaceutical giants) have to study traditional indications for herbal medicines in order to have some idea what their new drug may be able to do!

The foxglove that indirectly gives us Digoxin

Examples of ‘older’ modern medicines derived from herbs and still in use are ASPIRIN (from Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria or Willow – Salyx alba), DIGOXIN (from the Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea) and ATROPINE (from the Deadly Nightshade – Atropa belladonna).

The powerful chemotherapy drug Vincristine was derived from the Madagascar Periwinkle – Catharansus roseus formerly Vinca rosea). A modern veterinary liver drug called Denamarin contains Silybin, derived from the Milk Thistle – Silybum marianum). Morphine-type drugs (opioids) were originally derived from the Opium Poppy – Papaver somniferum). The list rolls on.

In my opinion, making patented drugs from our natural plant medicines is not necessarily a wise or safe route to follow. Certainly, side effects from drugs and deaths caused by modern drugs are legion (it is estimated that 100,000 Americans die each year from adverse effects of prescription drugs), whereas traditional herbal medicine is not plagued with such troubles.

Just remember, when modern medical folk make disparaging remarks about traditional and natural medicines, that modern medicine owes its origins, in great part, to the very medicines they deride.

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www.alternativevet.org/herbs.htm

www.alternativevet.org/herbal_vet.htm

www.alternativevet.org/holistic_vet.htm

www.veterinary-herbal.co.uk

Sparrowhawk release

A great memory from 2011

Poor thing doesn’t look too happy about being held but you should have seen it before the Arnica and Aconite!

Homeopathic medicines are wonderful for wild creatures and responses can be amazingly rapid, especially in birds.

Main website at: www.alternativevet.org – over 600 pages of opinion and information on alternative medicine and animal welfare.

www.alternativevet.org/wild_animals.htm

Also, a smaller site at: www.veterinary-homeopathy.co.uk