PRINCIPLES OF VETERINARY HOMEOPATHY
Homeopathy in veterinary medicine is based on a holistic vision. This type of study of phenomena points out the functions and processes within the whole individual, contrary to the reductive approach that studies only the part affected.
The homeopathic method is founded on the principle of the similar and uses those therapeutic remedies which have already been experimented on humans.
The homeopathic remedy is a stimulus that consents the patient to rebalance its own reactivity, which then leads to healing.
When the case is not curable, due to important and irreversible lesions, homeopathic therapy is however effective in improving the quality of the patient’s life as well as its general well-being.
For a correct prescription one must get to know the patient in order to guarantee the most suitable analogy with the remedy. It is therefore necessary for the homeopathic vet to know the animal and study its behaviour, even if the consultation does not concern behavioural pathologies. The study of the aetiology of the species helps in understanding the meaning of the patient’s behaviour.
Recognizing the needs of the animal and the reasons for its suffering, through good communication with the owner, will allow the vet to help the owners comprehend and respond correctly to their animal’s needs.
HOMEOPATHIC VETERINARY CLINIC
Getting to know the patient comes through direct observation, talking with the owner and relating to the patient itself.
The vet examines the patient as usual, gathering the pathological anamnesis from the past to the present in order to get a good idea of the pathological tendencies of the patient. He will also try to know its lifestyle, how it relates to other members of the same species as well as with humans, its fears, the way it moves and plays, its sex life, etc. He will also study the individual’s reaction to its surrounding environment (reactions to weather phenomena, to stress, etc.)
He will watch the animal’s movements, its responses to our behaviour and its reactions to the stimuli of its environment.
It is very important for the doctor to create an empathetic relationship with the animal in order to facilitate the treatment.
The homeopathic study of a subject , therefore, requires a knowledge of the peculiarities, whether they are physical or behavioural, to reach a definition of the so-called “homeopathic symptoms” which are the physical, emotional and mental manifestations of the patient.
HOMEOPATHIC ANALYSIS OF THE VETERINARY CASE
The study of the homeopathic symptoms is vital in applying the principle of similarity in selecting the remedy that has presented an analogous symptomatic picture in experiments and\or the clinic itself.
Symptoms may be organized in lists, in hierarchy (physical-general-mental) in system of relation (method of complexity) or studied through the miasmatic or constitutional method.
The case study may be carried out using homeopathic medical material or homeopathic repertory, which is the systematic gathering of homeopathic symptoms obtained through experimentation (on humans) or by clinical observations.
In studying an animal it is very important to use “mental” symptoms adequately through an attentive study of the relationships existing between human behaviour and analogous animal behaviour involving dominance, both in carnivores and domestic herbivore. Findings will include the evaluation of the incidence of homeopathic remedies present in the findings compared to the symptoms in our patient.
Informative reports are used with which it is possible to keep various criteria in mind , for example, that of pointing out the remedies present with the fewest symptoms.
The choice of remedy is obtained through the differential diagnosis, carried out by studying the remedies which have emerged through research findings, to single out the one with the most analogies with that of the patient.
In order to improve prescription techniques, during this phase it is important to study of those clinical cases that have been solved. They represent the best expression of “that remedy” in an animal.
EVOLUTION OF THE CLINICAL CASE
After having studied the case the remedy is prescribed at the dilution that is considered correct.
The follow-up visit must evaluate the evolution of the clinical case, during which any changes in the drug or potency will be made.
A good homeopathic prescription will bring about an improvement both in the ongoing pathology and the general conditions such as appetite, liveliness and mental state of the patient (anxiety, fears).
The rapidity of therapeutic efficacy depends both on the typology and of the course of the disease as well as the patient’s reactivity.