Homeopathy and compassionate treatmentI have not found a homeopathic certified DVM vet yet. I really do hope I find one that I can trust. I know that lately, homeopathy has become a trend. People love to talk about herbs and natural stuff. But homeopathy is a little more than that.
According to Don Hamilton in his book (Small Doses for Small animals) he writes that:
Allopathy(convention medicine; treatment by opposites) depends upon the primary effect for its therapeutic drug use. The underlying assumption is that the symptoms are the illness and that these symptoms are of no benefit to the body.
When it comes to sickness in animals, most vets stick to conventional allopathic medical treatments. They administer all sort of harsh treatments and medicines to animals, trying very hard to remove the sickness and symptoms. When that doesn't work, they continue dosing the animal with even more medicines even though many of these medicines may have side adverse effects.
Unfortunately this approach does not help in the treatment of chronic dieses (Urinary Tract Infection, fleas and cancer ) found in many animals today. Not once do vets even suggest to change the cat's diet or vaccinations or question the owner about its lifestyle.
Donald Hamilton is one of the few vets in the vetenerian profession that began to question why his knowledge in conventional medicine was not helping animals the way he thought it should. One such example that he sited in his book was skin irritations/itching in dogs and cats. Cortisones and steroids seemed to work temporarily. He kept giving more and more drugs to the same animals coming to him every year. This bothered and frustrated Dr. Hamilton as he began to realize his medicines only relieved the problem slightly but never eliminated it. He furthered his studies by studying homeopathic medicine.
It is thru his studies that Dr. Hamilton learnt: Homeopathy works from what the body generally knows best how to respond to illness and that it needs assistance in its efforts, not resistance to those efforts". This was the eye opener for him, and he broadened his medical knowledge and expertise by using homeopathic methods in his practice.
This has also led him to question the role of diets, vaccines, and the general lifestyle of the animal , understanding that all these factors affect its overall health. I think homeopathy is of special importance especially in treating animals with chronic disease.
A german physician called Dr. Hanemanan (born 1755) is noted as one of the pioneers of homeopathy. One of the important concepts that Hanemanan stresses is "compassionate treatment and seeing the patient as an individual".
Unfortunately many vets today, lump animals into 1 disease category with a template of prescription drugs just waiting to be handed out and billed. One would think that intelligent beings with all that medical training would explore various techniques if one wasn't working. But they often don't.
When I read Donald Hamilton book, I learnt about his frustrations in vet school, collegues who disagreed with him and his medical practice which were not helping animals they way he thought it should be. I was quite touched by his determination to pursue other techniques in his medical endeavours with sick animals. I wish more vets can be like him.
The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health; the lifting and annihilation of the disease in its entire extent in the shortest, most reliable, and least disadvantageous way, according to clearly realizable principles.