Therapies By Martine du floo Homeopathy can be adviced for different complaints in horses. This can range from acute complaints to chronic complaints or behaveoural problems and fear. The opinion of the classical homeopath is aimed at boosting the self healing ability of the horse and thus not comparable with a treatment like this is performed by a veterinarian. But it can be used as a complementary therapy. Homeopathy is often confused with other alternative therapies. For example, the thought that homeopathic remedies can only be made from plants and herbs. Homeopathic remedies are among others made from plants, animals and minerals. And the knowhow about several kinds of substance which can be used is still growing. Bach flower is also often associated with homeopathy. This, however, has a different scope. Classical Homeopathy works on the self-healing ability of the being where this therapy is used for. The self healing ability of the body is particularly strong. A wound grows “without saying” closes again and throughout life is this self-healing active often without a disease reveals itself and we perceive that. When this self-healing is unbalanced homeopathy can help this ability to bring back into balance. Such an imbalance can be caused by causes on mentally area, such as a history of abuse or physical area. A mental imbalance is often accompanied by physical manifestations, matching the type of animal. Any complementary therapy has its own method to improve a problem. But all these therapies go from one’s position; they see creatures as an unique individual who has an unique self-healing ability. Homeopathy can be used as an acute method as for example in the event of accidents. But also if a chronic image arises a homeopathic advice can help. Imporant is that one searches the advice of a well educated homeopath. In the latter case, looked at possible mental and/or physical causes that can lead to this situation. There will be searched for the so-called “constitutional remedy”. This means that this remedy can give the power to support the self-healing to solve the problem. Scientific research “on their own” from the cell biologists Dr. Roel van Wijk and Dr. Fred Wakefield proves the raison of the similia principle (similarity) in homeopathy and shows how the self recovery at cell level functions. The research of David Reilly from Glasgow is done for the first time in 1983 and then repeated two more times in the following years. Nowadays, by way of quantum physics more investigation into the functioning of homeopathy is possible. Similarity means that the homeopathic remedy in its pure form shows the same symptoms as the “disease” that reveals itself. However, the resources are diluted in such a way that this turn on the self-healing ability of the body to repair and can cause no damage if applied correctly and advised by a trained homeopath. Depending on the scope, mentally or physically and the expression of the type of animal and the problem, is chosen for a certain medium and potency. It is chosen on the individual character of the animal and the mental and/or physical imbalance. Homeopathy can be divided in classical homeopathy, clinical homeopathy and complex homeopathy. In clinical homeopathy is worked with a homeopathic remedy only advised in a specific physical complaint. Compare it with taking a pain reliever. The symptoms are suppressed, but the actual cause remains. Should a problem occur more frequently there must be investigated wether there is a deeper cause. Depending on the type of animal from itself on different physical ways. The use of complex homeopathy resembles clinical homeopathy. Here are several homeopathic remedies merged. This means they all work on the same complaint, and have, for example, all a type of musclepain complaints. They are all in one combination remedy. Low potentiated. It is not investigated whether the type of animal and the background and why a problem may have occurred suits the treatment. Classical Homeopathy The word homeopathy is derived from the Greek words homois (similar) and pathein (suffering). Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) was a German physician the founder of ‘ Homeopathy ‘. He discovered that a treatment with substances that normally would cause complaints in its pure form a disease with similar symptoms could cure. He noted that the administration of the right homeopathic remedy will help the self restoring power of the body in such a way that the body can repair itself. Similia Similibus Curentur. What distinguishes Classical Homeopathy of the clinical and complex homeopathy is that not only the main complaint is important, but also the totality of the animal, the possible causes of the problem, the picture of the disease and the mental response of the animal as a response to the disease. Is the animal afraid, aggressive or exhausted. It is an holistic therapy that looks at the relationship between body and mind. Obviously, the main complaint is important but in the overall picture. The cause of complaints has often a deeper cause. Homeopathy in addition to regular treatment An acute case in which Homeopathy was used in addition to regular treatment concerns the horse Indy, a gelding that was hurt by a hook. This hook was invaded in the muscle. Skin, muscle and underlying tissues were severely damaged and the vet had to administer antibiotics and had to stitch the muscle and skin. She mentioned however, that the wound would probably not cure very good. She agreed to combine the treatment with homeopathy. In this case Arnica was used to prevent swelling, Ruta to recover the tendons/muscles and Calendula to recover the skin. Despite the fact that the stitches did not held and the wound opened again the wound of Indy cured very good. Wound Indy before Wound Indy after 4 months Another acute case The homeopath wants a clear view of the patient. Is the energy of the animal disturbed. Each animal shows this in its own unique way. Also the disease manifests itself in its own unique way. If there is a skin rash; What does it look like, does it itch, burn or does it hurt; are there are chips? What is the color, are there wounds etc. In addition, there is the question how does the horse act on this problem. Is he drowsy or aggressive or does he react in a different way. And. … Since when has this problem occurred. The rash can be an expression of a mental problem but can also come as an allergic reaction. Nienke, a Friesian Mare of 20 years, used for dressage had an allergic reaction to care products. The owner, Cindy van Laar has immediately stopped the use of this care products and has taken care of the wounds provided by means of rinse with lukewarm water and smearing with Calendula ointment. For Nienke I adviced an homeopathic treatment with her constitutional remedy to strengthen her self healing Nienke allergic reaction Nienke after three weeks Homeopathy used in mental case Pony with mental problem An E-pony with behavioral problems and fatigue. The pony was unmanageable and during games suffered from different muscles in his body. During a treatment period of massage and behavioral support, it became clear that there was an underlying problem. The pony had changed from home several times during half a year and yet taken on matches. The benevolent owner was not aware that this situation could have impact on the mental ability of the pony. Basically it was like a mental exhausted athlete. A mental exhausted athlete expresses that in different ways, fatigue, exhaustion, excessive sweating, aggression, burnout. In combination with a massage and behavioral support I advised homeopathy successfully and yet he is successfully again in dressage competitions. An example case study of a KWPNer Mare, Zsazsa that faced with fear, difficult trailer loading and driving around the ring was on match difficult. It turned out that this horse was weaned too early. In the nature young animals are still in the 9th month with their mother. Next to that the animal had in addition several nasty experiences such as abuse. Next to that the horse also had a number of physical problems that led to the choice of a homeopathic remedy that fitted the type horse, her background and her mental and physical problems. This resource was advice and used by the owner. Zsazsa is now quieter and her physical problems are gone. During the use of homeopathy it is important that the owner is alert on changes in mental and physical expressions and will work together with the homeopath so that the correct guidance can be offered.