Homeopathy in Organic Livestock ProductionGlen Dupree, DVM
Written for both organic farmers and homeopaths, this book is a comprehensive and indispensiable guide for the application of homeopathy on sustainable livestock farms.
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Overview Treating Chronic Disease: Step 2
Once we have corrected hygiene, have allowed the patient to settle back into a consistent pattern of symptoms which more nearly reflect the true state of health of the patient, and have completed all our examinations, then is the time to treat our patient.
Introduction to Homeopathy
Often when the client has followed the suggestions for diet, vaccination, and low-impact husbandry the patient improves enough that the client is not interested in pursuing other avenues of health care. Chronic disease is returned to latency and, without big “in your face” symptoms, the client is satisfied with the health of their animals.
Like Cures Like
The basic tenet of Homeopathy is the Law of Similars – Similia Similibus Curantur or Like cures like. If a substance given in large quantity can cause a set of symptoms, this same substance will be curative if given in minute quantities to a patient exhibiting similar symptoms.
It is the Law of Similars which most directly separates Homeopathy from conventional or allopathic medicine.
The second law furthers this separation by demanding the medicines of Homeopathy be tested to the fullest so that we can adhere to the Law of Similars. This second law states that all medicines used by the Homeopath must be proved.
Totality of Symptons
LAW OF TOTALITY
In order for a treatment protocol to be truly holistic in philosophy and application it must consider and treat the entire patient, not just the presenting complaint of the patient. (Or in the case of acute disease, must consider and treat the totality of symptoms of the event.)
Single Medicine, Single Dose
Consider the typical patient that comes to my practice from a conventional allopathic practice. These patients have usually been run through the gauntlet of reductionist medicine where they have received a separate medicine (or several medicines) for each of many diagnoses. While these medicines may have been tested and found safe for the patient and effective for the respective diagnosis under controlled circumstances according to allopathic standards, I truly doubt if any of the medicines have been tested under field conditions for the specific collection of diagnoses and with the exact combination of other medicines seen in each individual patient.
It is ironic that one of the things most associated with Homeopathy is not even a necessity for the practice of Homeopathy. Probably nothing except the Law of Similars is more often associated with the practice of Homeopathy than is the use of infinitesimally diluted medicines. However you can have a successful Homeopathy practice and still use standard doses of medicine. Your practice will not be as elegant with these more crude substances and gross doses as with the diluted medicines, but as long as you follow the four previously discussed laws of Homeopathy, you will still be practicing Homeopathy.