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Homeopathy: The Mechanics and Its
Application for the Dairy Farm, Part 2

By Glen Dupree, DVM
Click here for Part 1 in this series.

Added March 9, 2010. To address the nuts and bolts of actually administering the homeopathy remedy, we can talk in even more practical terms.

Homeopathic remedies are supplied as very small pills. These pills can range in size from poppy seed size to baby aspirin size. The size is really irrelevant, as are the number of pills used in a dose.
Homeopathy is an energy based medicine (back to those theories that cannot be explained in current conventional science), not chemical based. Because of this the potency of the remedy (the measure of how it was prepared telling how refined the energy is and how dilute the chemicals are) and the dosing interval is of much more importance than the actual number of pills or the size of the pills.

In order to administer the dose of remedy, all that is required is for some of the remedy to make adequate contact with some mucous membrane of the patient. Again volume and location are not that critical.

On the dairy, when treating the single patient, using the pills directly in the vulva is a convenient approach since the cow is restrained and that mucous membrane is readily available to the farmer during milking.

But if you need to treat multiple animals that are not being restrained, a different method needs to be developed.

For these situations, I prefer to use remedies dissolved in water. By dissolving 1-2 pills in a volume of water (ounces to gallons depending on need), you can conserve your resources and ease the administration of the remedy. Again it may seem contradictory to conventional wisdom that we can dilute a medicine but maintain its strength, but you have to remember that we are dealing with energy not chemistry (and that you don’t have to understand how it happens but that by watching the response of the patient, you know that it happens).

A remedy diluted in water alone will maintain its therapeutic potential for 7-10 days. If you want to make a solution to store and use for longer periods of time (those remedies that are consistently being indicated in your stock and that you are using frequently), you simply make a stock solution of 50% vodka (and there are organic vodkas available) and 50% water. As long as this solution is stored away from bright lights, extremes of heat, and strong electromagnetic influences it will remain potent indefinitely.

To dose a liquid remedy, you simply must make some of the solution come into contact with some mucous membrane. This may mean that you are squirting it on the nose or in the mouth with a syringe, that you are misting it over the herd with a sprayer or misting fan, or that you have added it to the stock tank and are letting them drink it (although with this method you must make sure that they are not too sick or too thirstless to come to the tank and drink).

Any method that you find that allows adequate mucous membrane contact, that keeps the stock safe, and that keeps the people safe is acceptable.

On most farms, keeping a 50 or 100 remedy kit in either a 30c or a 200c potency will be the most economic choice. These kits are available from several homeopathic pharmacies and contain the remedies most often indicated for crises and for the most common chronic diseases. There will be remedies in the kits that you may never use but the economics of purchasing the kit rather than so many individual remedies more than offsets that waste.

From there your only other expenses are a few books (that can be purchased from the same places you buy your remedies), maybe some dropper bottles and vodka, and your time.

Case Examples of the Use of Homeopathy on the Farm

A Newborn Calf with Diarrhea:
A newborn calf, born to a first time heifer after a normal pregnancy and delivery, developed diarrhea within hours of being born. The diarrhea was profuse and watery. The farmer described the stool as foamy and frothy when expelled. It was yellow in color and odorless. After a few stools the manure began to cake on the tail and around the rectum. The calf was showing no signs of pain or cramping but had a depressed appearance with the ears and tail down and not wanting to follow the momma cow.

Analysis:

1 STOOL - YELLOW - foamy 6
2 STOOL - FROTHY 78
3 STOOL - ODORLESS 32
4 STOOL - PAINLESS 14

(The numbers following the symptom description is the number of potential remedies in that rubric)
podo. verat. ars. rhus-t. chin. ferr. kali-bi. sulph. arn. hyos. merc.
3/7     3/6   3/5   3/5     3/4   3/4  2/5       2/5   2/4   2/4   2/4
(The fractions under the remedies are the number of rubrics the
remedy was in over the sum of the strength of the remedy in that rubric. The higher the 2 numbers the more strongly indicated the remedy for the case.)

The top three remedies, Podophyllum, Veratrum album, and Arsenicum, are all typical diarrhea type remedies. Unfortunately none of these three contained an accurate description of what we were seeing in this calf. It was not until we read Rhus tox that we found the match for this patient, even though Rhus tox is typically thought of as either a skin eruption or a lameness remedy.

This calf was treated with a single dose of Rhus tox 200c diluted in water and squirted into the mouth. Within a matter of a few hours, the calf was as alert and active as any normal calf and was following momma wanting to eat. By the next morning the stool was normal and remained that way. The calf showed no more symptoms.

Collapsed Cow:

A cow developed a sudden, very high fever. Within a few hours she also had a profuse, watery diarrhea. With the onset of diarrhea, the cow collapsed and was so weak she could not hold her head up off the ground. She continued to be interested in food but would not drink when offered water.

Case Analysis:

1 FEVER - INTENSE heat 94
2 GENERALS - WEAKNESS - diarrhea - from 100
3 STOMACH - THIRSTLESS - fever; during 118
4 GENERALS - COLLAPSE 127

ars.   phos. apis chin. nux-v. sil. con. rhus-t. verat. ant-t. arn. bapt.
4/11  4/9    4/8 4/8    4/8   4/8 4/7    4/7      4/7   4/6    4/6  4/6

This cow was treated with China 200c based on the tendency of a China patient to collapse into prostration with loss of body fluids (vomiting, diarrhea, lactation, hemorrhage, etc). With the suddenness of her symptoms, we expected sudden response to the remedy so she was dosed every hour until she began to respond.

After 3-4 doses her fever broke and she was able to lift her head. No more doses were given until her fever returned. This pattern was followed over the next day until the cow was up and walking and had no more diarrhea.
Both of these were cases of diarrhea that required totally different remedies because the presentation of the patient and the diarrhea were totally different. Homeopathy can never be a “cookbook” approach based on a static diagnosis. Homeopathy is only successful then the individual tendencies and patterns of the patient are addressed.

Conclusion

Homeopathy is not very high tech and does not require any of the new and fancy diagnostics that drive so many forms of medicine. Its strength is in its simplicity and the fact that anyone can master it, with just a little guidance and some hard work.

Glen Dupree, DVM, CVH, has practiced veterinary Homeopathy for the past 10 years in Louisiana, Pennsylvania and New York. He received his initial training in Homeopathy from Richard Pitcairn, DVM. Further studies have been made with various human Homeopaths. Currently, Dr. Dupree’s practice of veterinary Homeopathy is based in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

 

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