What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that stimulates the natural healing power of the body to heal itself. It is based on the Law of Similars which states that a substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy animal can be used to cure the same sypmtoms in an ill animal. The use of a homeopathic remedy, thus stimulates the body’s natural ability to restore balance and bring about a return to health.
What does a Homeopathic consult involve?
A Veterinary homeopathic consultation takes into account all aspects of the case, not only symptoms but also familial, environmental and emotional issues which also play their part in the choice of a remedy. It is a holistic approach and as all individuals are unique, so is the selection of each remedy.
What is a Homeopathic remedy?
A homeopathic remedy is prepared from plant, animal or mineral sources. The remedy can come in the form of powders, pillules, tablets or drops and are most commonly administered directly into the mouth. Homeopathy is a gentle method of healing and it can be applied to all species of animals.
What type of conditions can Homeopathy treat?
Homeopathy can be very effective in both acute and chronic cases such as arthritis, dermatitis and upper respiratory conditions. As a complementary therapy, homeopathy can be used on its own or in conjunction with orthodox medicine. Trained initially as Veterinary Surgeons, a Veterinary Homeopath is best qualified to discern which cases are suitable for a homeopathic approach, a conventional approach, or a combination of both.
The basic principle of acupuncture is to stimulate self healing systems within the patient by means of balancing the energetic meridian system by clearing blockages, stimulating weaknesses and clearing excess energies.
Acupuncture (AP) is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is based on ancient Chinese concepts of health and disease, including the theories of Yin-Yang, Qi, oriental diagnostic methods and the necessity for balance/control in all aspects of life. The Chinese maintained that illness is a state of imbalance in the normal energy flow of the body and that AP acting on the channels of energy (the meridians or AP channels) restores this natural flow.
Again almost any disease could be treated using Acupuncture or TCM principles, either alone or as an adjunct to other treatments. Acupuncture has a particular affinity to helping musculoskeletal (muscles, bones and nerves) conditions which often require painkillers or anti-inflammatories with potential side effects in allopathic treatments
It is important to distinguish between acupuncture and dry needling. A qualified acupuncturist will use a TCM diagnostic pattern to make a specific diagnosis for each patient. The acupuncturist treats the root cause of the disease and will have long term healing effects. Dry needling is the insertion of needles into trigger points within muscles or tissues to treat pain in the local area. Dry needling is performed by physio therapist and has no correlation with acupuncture.
- It relieves pain, swelling and stiffness.
- It assists in joint mobilisation and improves range of motion.
- It strengthens and maintains muscle mass.
- It improves circulation.
- Hydrotherapy increases physical and cardiovascular fitness and contributes to improved mental health of animal patients.
Aquatherapy can be used to treat many conditions including osteoarthritis, post-surgical recovery, intervertebral disc disease, obesity and stroke victims.
Herbal medicine works in a similar manner to allopathic medicines in the herb’s affinity for certain organ systems. Herbs have an advantage over pharmaceutical agents in that they are made from the whole plant and contain hundreds more chemical constituents that are already in balance. Very often the combinations naturally counteract many of the side effects that are found in the purified pharmaceutical drugs. Similar to the manner in which food nourishes the body, herbs can be seen to have an effect on, and nourish certain organs and organ systems, by means of detoxifying or strengthening, allowing the immune system to improve.
Herbal treatments are particularly useful in organ disease or failure situations or in cases where the body requires detoxification.
Homotoxicology holds that every healthy organism (animal or human) exists in a dynamic state of equilibrium which is disturbed whenever noxious stimuli (homotoxins) overwhelm the body, or cannot be eliminated due to metabolic disorders. Depending on the severity and/or duration of the toxicity, blockages and immune responses develop, which eventually show as visible symptoms of illness. Toxins are deposited and stored in the sponge-like ground substance of the connective tissue (matrix) where they interfere with the transport of nutrients and waste in and out of cells – a first step in the development of pathological changes.
Homotoxicological medicines are designed to clear the matrix of these toxins so that the body may resume its normal function. Different types of complexes are used according to the severity of disease which is present, and may be given orally or by injection, or in a combination of these.
This describes any therapeutic measure which uses biotherapeutics (medical products which do not suppress the neuro-immunological reactions, or interfere with the physical defence systems of the body) for injection in specific spots or areas. The remedies are injected in order to regulate natural healing, to regulate the inflammatory processes that have been suppressed, and to stimulate the detoxification mechanisms of the body. Products of botanical origin, vitamins, minerals and antihomotoxic (homotoxicological) remedies are used.
Biopuncture can become a bridge between natural medicine and orthodox medicine as it uses Western style diagnosis, the products are rigorously tested for safety and reliability, and the technique is performed in accordance with the rules of orthodox medicine.
Light therapy or red LED (Light Emitting Diode) light stimulation, especially in the wavelength range of 660nm, is excellently suited for local treatment of wounds, areas of pain, chronic disease, and the gentle stimulation of acupuncture points.
When individual cells are exposed to certain light wavelengths their mitochondria (or power houses) are stimulated, which in turn causes a speeding up of cell function, metabolism and repair of damaged tissue.
Some wavelengths penetrate deeper tissue and some more superficial, so the correct wavelength must be chosen for the individual problem. LED is especially suited to superficial wounds and tissue stimulation, whereas penetrating laser treatments can focus on areas deeper in the tissues and target deep seated acupuncture points and pain trigger points.
Non-healing or slow to heal open wounds can be stimulated to begin the healing process, and the healling process can be sped up to 3 – 4 times as fast as without light stimulation.