Homeopathic prescribing for chronic conditions in equine veterinary practice in the UK.
IACH - Prof. G. Vithoulkas
Homeopathic prescribing for chronic conditions in equine veterinary practice in the UK.
  • Author(s)

    Mathie RT, Baitson ES, Hansen L, Elliott MF, Hoare J.

    Journal

    Vet Rec. 2010 Feb 20, 166, 8, 234-8.

    Notes

    This was a veterinary cohort study examining the clinical outcomes from the homeopathic treatment of horses suffering from a range of clinical conditions. 12 veterinary surgeons qualified in homeopathic prescribing recorded the data from 777 consecutive consultations over a 12 month period that included the individual details of each consultation and the owner-assessed clinical outcomes that arose from each. Follow-up assessments were available from 234 consultations involving chronic disorders and at the end of the study period only 4.3% were receiving conventional medication and 17.1% were being given some other complementary medicine in addition to homeopathy.

    Abstract

    Twelve Faculty of Homeopathy veterinarians recorded data systematically at 777 consecutive homeopathic appointments for horses over a period of 12 months. A spreadsheet enabled the recording of information, which included the date of appointment; horse and owner identity (anonymised); sex of horse; main medical problem treated; whether the condition was chronic or acute; whether the appointment was new or a follow-up; owner-assessed clinical outcome on a seven-point scale, ranging from -3 to +3, compared with the first appointment; homeopathic medicine(s) prescribed; and whether any conventional or other complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) was being used concurrently to treat the condition. Data from 289 horses comprised a total of 305 individual conditions identified as chronic in nature, of which 234 had a follow-up assessment. At the final appointment for chronic cases during the study period, 4.3 per cent were receiving conventional medication and 17.1 per cent were being given another CAM treatment in addition to homeopathy. The eight chronic conditions most frequently treated with homeopathy were: arthritis, headshaking, laminitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sweet itch, dermatitis, sarcoidosis and Cushing's syndrome.

    Category: Animal Studies

    External url

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20173108

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