Homeopathy is a time tested alternative modality with simple principles that can help animals stay healthy. It can also treat any type of disease from skin to cancer to diabetes to thyroid disorders.
Dr. Christina Chambreau, associate editor of IVC Journal, author of the Healthy Animals Journal, homeopathic veterinarian and speaker, gave four lectures at the AHVMA annual conference held last week in Kansas City, MO. The following blog post is a snapshot of her lectures and how homeopathy can help your pet!
Dr. Christina Chambreau:
We always have lectures on all the modalities for veterinarians and technicians who are just becoming interested in holistic approaches, or want to explore a new one to add to their practice. I gave an Introduction to Homeopathy to these folks, showing them how homeopathy is a powerful healer, and gentle, too.
I gave an overview of how Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, learned the principle of like cures like by testing quinine on himself and developing symptoms of malaria. The basic principles he put forth in the book, The Organon, are still taught today and demonstrate the potential for deep cures rather than temporary alleviation of symptoms. Homeopathic principles can even help evaluate the result of other types of treatments.
Next, I showed a group of practitioners how to integrate homeopathic principles into their practices. The talk was titled “Trouble in Your Practice? Homeopathic Principles to the Rescue!” The basic homeopathic skills of case taking and evaluating the results of treatment can make a huge difference in the happiness of staff and clients, and boost the bottom line and ability to serve the clients. Learning practical steps to have your homeopathic, holistic or conventional practice thrive includes learning the basics of case taking. First, you list the symptoms and quantity them. You may need to ask staff and friends to help you be very specific as that is the key to finding a solution. Then you research potential solutions by asking friends and peers; or reading books and websites i provided. You wait a long enough period to carefully gather evidence of “cure” or “palliation” or “suppression”. I actually used cured homeopathic animal cases to demonstrate the process of “curing’ in a practice.
Homeopathy is a wonderful modality for hospice patients. It is easy to administer, so less stressful for the clients. I covered the many remedies that can alleviate the common hospice symptoms – ulcers, gastrointestinal problems, weakness, hyperactivity, pacing, lethargy, crabbiness, and more. Most importantly they learned the potential for homeopathy to be deeply curative so patients begin to recover to a point that they have passed out of the category of hospice and may live for many more years. Cats in renal failure, dogs with liver problems, animals with cancer, horses with huge sarcoids, foundered horses, and feather picking birds can often be cured and live many more years. When a cure is not possible, homeopathy often allows animals to pass at home and have a good quality of life.
My last lecture was for technicians. “Train Clients to Keep Their Animals Healthy at Home” aimed at giving technicians preventative information. Prevention and tips for homecare provide clients with methods to help distressed animals after hours. I explained how to create a client education program that can be used one on one or offered as a class. This primarily involves training clients to do mini-physicals and keep records of changes from any treatments they try, and teaching clients how to administer and choose treatments. Alternative therapies, such as utilizing flower essences and essential oils, and creating Reiki training programs, will allow clinics to think outside the box and allow their practice be the best it can be for the clients and animals in it.