John Saxton MRCVS, VetFFHom and Peter Gregory MRCVS, VetFFHom
Textbook of Veterinary Homeopathy
This book is a practical introduction to homeopathic medicine for the veterinary surgeon who would like to use this form of therapeutics in their practice. It is comprehensively referenced and will also be of value to the reader who wishes to pursue the subject at a deeper level.
The first part begins with the historical background, philosophy and underlying principles of homeopathy, providing a detailed discussion of the scientific basis of the discipline and veterinary evidence for its effectiveness. Specific issues such as the theory of miasms, the bowel nosodes and the homeopathic approach to vaccination are also covered.
The second part discusses each of the body systems from the homeopathic point of view. Examples of typical situations encountered in practice are given throughout, with an explanation of how remedies from the homeopathic materia medica will have been used to treat them. In addition there are chapters on the homeopathic management of behavioural problems, neoplasia and the geriatric patient.
John Saxton qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1964 and began his career in a mixed practice, subsequently setting up his own companion animal practice. He now combines complementary veterinary referral practice in the Leeds area with teaching. He is President, a Veterinary Fellow and an Examiner of the Faculty of Homeopathy, London and a past President of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons. He is also a Recognised Teacher and Examiner for the International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy.
Peter Gregory qualified from the Bristol University School of Veterinary Science in 1972 and worked in a mixed practice in the UK before spending seven years in a mixed practice on the tropical coast of North Queensland. He now works in a holistic veterinary referral centre in East Sussex. He is a Veterinary Fellow and Examiner of the Faculty of Homeopathy and President of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons. He is also a Recognised Teacher for the International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy.
PART I: THE THEORY
The History of Homeopathy What is homeopathy? – The development of modern homeopathy – Provings – Potentisation – Totality – Chronic disease – The spread of homeopathy – Veterinary homeopathy
Research into Homeopathy How can it work? – Clinical trials and their problems – Other research approaches – The future
The Remedies Sources of the remedies – Animal, Vegetable, Mineral – Preparation of the remedies – Source material – The remedy picture – Storage and dispensing of remedies
The Disease: General Considerations The vital force – Challenging the vital force – Hering’s Law – One disease at a time – Primary and secondary actions
The Disease: Manifestations of Disease The nature of disease – Attitudes to disease – Hahnemann’s concept of chronic disease
Obtaining the Symptoms Signs and symptoms – Taking the case – The herd/flock/kennel/cattery situation – Pitfalls and interpretation – Miasmatic and constitutional symptoms – Observation – Conventional investigations and diagnosis
Matching the Symptoms The materia medica – Veterinary materia medica – The repertories – Computer repertories – Veterinary repertories – Other levels of prescribing – Local prescribing – Organ-specific prescribing – Pathological prescribing – Functional prescribing – Proven indications – Causality – Keynotes – The predominant miasm – Taxonomic class of remedy – Constitutional prescribing
Practical Prescribing Recognising the problem – Dosage considerations – Potency considerations – Interpreting the response – Possible responses – Clinical provings – Palliation – Aggravation – Antidoting of remedies – The second prescription – Unicist prescribing and mixtures of remedies
Constitutional Prescribing The concept of the homeopathic constitution – The advantages of using the constitutional approach – Finding the constitution by repertorisation – Using constitutional prescriptions – Some common constitutional pictures
Obstacles to Cure Structural – Diet – Environment – Orthodox medication – Vaccination – Previous infectious disease – Surgery – Miasmatic influences
Miasms and their Role in Disease Understanding and using miasms – The basic miasms – Interpretations of the theory – A model for the miasms – Creation and inheritance of miasms – Recognising miasms – Anti-miasmatic remedies
Isopathy and the Use of Nosodes Uses of Isopathy – ‘Never Well Since’ – Desensitisation – Treatment of active disease – Prophylaxis – Organotherapy – Bowel nosodes – Prescription on miasmatic criteria
The Bowel Nosodes Development of the bowel nosodes – The associated remedies – Clinical uses of the bowel nosodes – The bowel nosodes and their associated remedies – Bowel nosodes in relation to modern bacteriology
Vaccination – The Homeopathic Perspective Immunological and homeopathic considerations – Harmful effects of vaccination – Treatment of vaccinosis – Use of nosodes in relation to vaccination
PART II: THE PRACTICE
Getting Started Combining homeopathy and other treatments – Ethical considerations – The future of veterinary homeopathy – How to use Part II
The remaining chapters of Part II are then discussed under the common headings of ‘General Considerations’, ‘Major Modalities’ and ‘Remedies of Major Use’, and are as follows:
Surgery and First Aid – The Upper Respiratory System – The Lower Respiratory System
The Digestive System – The Stomach and Liver – The Urinary System – The Female Genital System
The Male Genital System – The Musculoskeletal System – The Nervous System
The Cardiovascular System – The Endocrine System – The Skin – Behavioural Problems
The Geriatric patient – The Homeopathic Approach to Neoplasia
General bibliography – Glossary – Useful addresses and contact points – Index