BACKGROUND: The main aim of this article is to understand the efficacy of Homoeopathic treatment for animals, how well objective symptoms help in Homoeopathic prescription even on animals.
KEYWORDS: Homoeopathy, Animals, Individualization, Dogs, Effectiveness.
Let us first understand does Homoeopathy has scope in Veterinary sciences?
Homeopathy, have a definite place in veterinary practice today as an alternative therapy. It is commonly practiced in dogs, cats and birds. Homeopathy is clinically useful as an adjunct therapy to manage post-operative pain and to speed. Both acute and chronic diseases are amenable to treatment with homeopathic remedy. The objective of homeopathic dynamic treatment is to heal and cure the animals so that animals can live peaceful lives.
What are the different types of prescribing?
There are different approaches as well as methods of prescribing in Homoeopathy, the most affective is constitutional treatment then other approaches are prescribing based on objective symptoms. Every pet owner will be well aware about their pets as well will be able to differentiate and find out the most peculiar character as well as habits, the way they express their love and gratitude towards their owner, all these features collectively give us an idea regarding the Individuality of the pet, thus will lead the treating physician towards the similimum. But some times as we say in case of pediatric age groups in humans, we give importance to objective symptoms because the child will not be able express its subjective symptoms much, same theory holds good when it comes for veterinary Homoeopathy as well the treating physician can take a note of the objective symptoms and frame a totality and prescribe the specific remedy.
A case study to demonstrate the scope of dynamic medicines on dog: Evidence based.
A Labrador dog aged 4 years came with the complaint of discharge from the ear for one week. The pet owner described the problem as follows there is continuous discharge which was oozing from the ear, the discharge is slightly offensive and acrid. The dog was continuously scratching and tapping the ear on to the floor. The dog was also very sensitive to the noise as well with frequent shaking of the head. The dog preferred to lying down on right side. The owner also suspected that may be little water would have entered into ears while giving bath to the dog.
The case was provisionally diagnosed as Outer ear infection (otitis externa).The concept used for the prescribing is Specific similimum according to Richard Hughes and the totality erected is as follows.
- Fetid discharge from ear
- Left side aggravation
- Scratching the ear
- Aliment from water
Based on the above totality the remedy which was most similar was Silicea.
Silicea 30 (3-3-3) for a week (was advised to report after 3 days to observe the changes)
As the discharge had reduced, same medicine was told to continue further and report after 2 weeks after competing the course of the given medicine.
Images after Homoeopathic treatment:
2nd Follow up After 2weeks: Image 3
The discharge had completely stopped and the dog was not scratching the ears as well, all the other symptoms such as shaking of the head , sensitiveness to noise etc. was not present after two weeks of treatment.
It also remains to be seen whether homeopathy will continue to carve out a niche in the veterinary profession or be criticized out by those who see no stand for it in a science-based field. But these evidences above prove the effectiveness of Homoeopathic system of medicine in the field of the veterinary sciences.
The above case suggests that Homoeopathy has a wide range of scope on animals as well, but it also suggests that Knowledge of the physician has a very important role in the process of treatment it is he who decides which philosophy has to be used as per the requirement of the case and take the right decision accordingly for the restoration of the sick to health to cure.
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Dr Skandhan. S. Kumar, BHMS MD Organon of Medicine (Gold Medalist), Assistant professor department of organon of medicine and philosophy, Father Muller Homoeopathic Medical College. Consultant Homoeopathic Physician at Dr Padiyar’s Homoeopathic Clinic Mangalore.
Dr Shreya. N. Padiyar, BHMS MD Organon of Medicine, Consultant Homoeopathic Physician at Dr Padiyar’s Homoeopathic Clinic Mangalore.