Encyclopaedic, modern and jargon-free, this guide to treating horses & ponies is written by an experienced homeopathic vet. It is laid out according to all the systems (blood, digestion etc). It covers constitutional remedies & types and the senses. There are chapters on the foal, infectious disesases, Behavioural problems and poisoning, as well as First aid & Emergency care. Plus a full equine Materia Medica.Invaluable guide for veterinary practitioners, equine therapists and horse owners.
From the introduction:
FROM THE INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER
THE ORIGINS OF HOMEOPATHY
Homeopathy as we know it today and has been practised for over 200 years and was developed by the German scientist and physician Samuel Hahnemann towards the end of the 18th century.
The concept however, was by no means new even in Hahnemann’s day. He attributed the original theory to the Greek Hippocrates, the 5th century physician and “father of medicine” who, it is claimed, cured a patient dying in the final stages of cholera by using an extract of Veratrum album, the white hellebore. In toxic doses this highly poisonous plant causes dehydration, collapse and a potentially fatal gasteroenteritis, all symptoms that closely resemble those of cholera. Hippocrates noted that “by similar things disease is produced, and by similar things administered to the sick, they are healed of their disease”- the principal of “like cures like” as rediscovered by…………..
THE IMPORTANCE OF SYMPTOMS
The key to using homeopathic remedies successfully is to observe the patent and the patient’s symptoms in order to find the correct remedy that will then interact with the vital force and instigate the healing process. Homeopaths group these symptoms into different categories to make the task a little easier.
Local symptoms refer to a particular area of the body or organ system such as the elbow, back, eye, bladder or skin for example.
General symptoms reflect the signs shown by the patient as a whole and might include appetite, thirst, physical appearance, observation on the gait and posture, effects of hot and cold or wet and dry and how the symptoms might vary with the time of year or day.
Mental symptoms reflect the animal’s emotional or behavioural state. These might include fear, restlessness, sadness, aggressive behaviour or excitability.
It is also vital to take into account specific characteristics of some of the symptoms. For example where there is a nasal discharge you should note its colour (white, clear, green, yellow), consistency (thin, runny, thick, sticky) and odour if present.
Factors that modify the individual symptoms must also be taken into account. These are termed modalities and are divided into two categories.
Aggravations which make the symptoms worse
Ameliorations which ease the symptoms
Examples of modalities include the effect of rest or movement, the time of day and the effect of hot or cold and………
FROM THE SKIN CHAPTER
A haematoma is a sizeable accumulation of blood under the skin, which forms a clot following local trauma. Initially the area will be painful with surrounding areas of skin often showing evidence of contusion. Typical causes include falls, kicks or blows from blunt objects. The brisket area is a common site for a haematoma to appear after a fall.
Treatment should involve dosing with Arnica 30c or Arnica 200c (depending of the severity of the problem) twice daily, along with Hamamelis 30c ……
PHOTOSENSITISATION & SUNBURN
This is an uncommon condition in which the skin becomes reactive to ultraviolet light in those areas that lack pigmentation. This means that the condition is normally limited to the white areas of the skin which naturally lack pigmentation and is essentially a form of sunburn. Exposed, hairless areas are particularly likely to be affected including the ear tips, nose and muzzle.
There are two underlying types. In primary or direct photosensitisation the skin becomes susceptible to UV radiation due to ingestion of plants containing photosensitising agents. These compounds can be found in plants such as St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) and dried Buckwheat plants and seeds (Polygonum fagopyrum). Initially there is an increase in skin irritation seen as rubbing and ear flicking. As the condition progresses the skin becomes…….
FROM THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM CHAPTER
The endocrine or hormonal system controls some of the major functions of the body through a number of chemical intermediaries or chemical messengers referred to as hormones. These are produced and secreted by a number of glands and circulate in the blood to their target organs. Hormones, for example, control the oestrus cycle, influence hair growth, maintain blood sugar levels and regulate metabolism. Endocrine problems are relatively rare in the horse. The most common condition is Cushing’s disease but on occasion diabetes mellitus, diabetes incipidus and hypothyroidism may be seen.
Cushing’s disease is named after an American surgeon, Harvey Cushing, who first described the condition in people in 1932 whilst researching the brain and function of the pituitary gland. Mainly seen in older horses, it has been diagnosed…
FROM THE MATERIA MEDICA SECTION
Common name: Palladium the metal
Preparation: By trituration
Acts on the female reproductive system especially the ovaries
Inflammation of the ovaries
Pain and swelling of the right ovary
Irregular oestrus cycles
Easily upset or offended
Inclined to kick out or bite
Worse/Aggravated by Local pressure over the ovary
Ameliorated by Rest, sleep
Works well with: Platina
Platina (Close allies)
(Right ovarian remedies)
(Left ovarian remedies)
Principle equine indications:
· Ovarian dysfunction
· Cystic ovaries
· Irregular cycles
· Uterine prolapse
· Poor libido in the mare