Homeopathy on Farm Animals

Homeopathy on the Farm

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Drug-free Medicine

also Acupuncture, Herbs, Tissue Salts, Chiropractic

Cattle – Sheep – Pigs – Buffalo – Poultry – Llamas – Goats

See also: Farm Homeopathy

Holistic Farm

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HomeopathyHerbsAcupunctureChiropracticHolistic MedicineNatural Feeding

The farming of animals is not a ‘natural’ activity and we do it for our own benefit. For this reason, it behoves us to make as good a job of it as we can, in order to maximize welfare and quality of life for the animals involved.

Natural medicine fits into this scheme of things very well, whether a farm is run organically or more conventionally. Well-managed animals ‘do’ better and stay healthy more easily. It is directly in our interests to keep them as healthily as we can, with optimum welfare.

As of September 2011, the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI) has voted to make a draft budget of 2 million (£1.7million) available in order to conduct and co-ordinate research into homeopathy and phytotherapy use in farm animals.

This is very welcome news and we hope it comes to fruition, since the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria is of grave concern to all, fuelled by the massive on-farm use of antibiotics. It is good to know that Europe is at least seeking another way to treat farm animals (food animals).

Those who oppose this news bleat about ‘no research', then complain bitterly when meaningful research with important practical applications is proposed!

Homeopathy, in particular, gives rise to no residues of drugs in food products, nor can it give rise to ‘antibiotic resistance' in bacterial populations, making it a particularly attractive therapy, not least on grounds of both cost and consumer confidence. This aspect also makes it very appropriate and practical for organic enterprises. The AVMCmakes a special effort to help organic farmers to develop health programs (see ‘in-conversion’ and ‘organic farming’) and offers discount to bona fide Soil Association and Biodynamic Agriculture Association members.

Homeopathy can also be administered on a herd basis in a very simple and cost-effective way, demanding very little labour. Homeopathy for the farm, delivered in this way, is an immense advantage in these times of farm labour shortages.

n 1991, the BBC screened a powerful program on homeopathy – it's now on DailyMotion and well worth a watch. Homeopathy: Medicine or Magic ? by TonyE1000

Besides natural medicine treatments, including health programs successfully developed and used by us for over 30 years, in the service of farm animals, the AVMC offers detailed advice on all aspects of farm animal management. This includes feeding, diet, mineral nutrition (including trace minerals), grazing and pasture management, silage-making, housing, breeding management, milking techniques and machinery, etc., as applicable or relevant to each species and premises.

The reason for this strategy is to optimise/maximise healing ability, so that the best use is made of the extraordinary capacity of natural medicine to stimulate the regenerative and healing mechanisms innate in the animal's body.

We use one or other of the natural medicine strategies, or an integrated combination of them, to apply the healing stimulus. We use nosodes, where appropriate and likely to be in the interests of health. We then try to do away with the need for this medical input, natural and non-harmful though it is, by offering detailed management scrutiny and ongoing monitoring.

While homeopathy is the main thrust offered to farms, because of its immense practicality and ease of application, acupuncture, herbs (herbal medicine), chiropractic manipulation, tissue salts etc. are also offered, according to practicality.

Mr Day has more than 40 years of experience in farm homeopathy. He has also conducted clinical research, much of which was farm-based.

While offering an approach that is alternative to that offered by conventional vets, the use of homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs and other alternative therapies does not rule out the need for a proper examination and assessment of each individual patient, necessary diagnostic tests, appropriate measures to repair injury and a study of natural lifestyle and diet (special for each species or type), in order to be able to speed recovery. We have enjoyed a good measure of success through this methodology, seeing, as in other species, recoveries from diseases which are usually associated with a poor prognosis in conventional terms and wisdom.

We treat sheep, pigs, cattle, buffalo, goats, poultry (any domestic fowl), llamas and other camelids, deer etc. While buffalo, now becoming more common on British farms, are clearly quite different from cattle in several respects, they share many diseases with cattle and other ruminants. For simplicity we therefore, as yet, have no dedicated buffalo page.

Even reindeer have come to Britain (Kent, Cairngorms & Devon) and, although the AVMC has never had a request to treat reindeer, they should respond just as well as other species to homeopathy, to herbs, to acupuncture etc. A memory that will never fade was having a reindeer sleigh ride in Lapland (at -36°C), with the poor reindeer showing clear signs of spinal and pelvic misalignment. This was a case desperate for chiropractic manipulation. However, ‘tourists' are not allowed to touch the reindeer (despite entreaty), so the poor creature went untreated, despite being asked to work daily.

We take on any farm animal challenge, including several fish problems in the recent past.

  • Do your livestock suffer recurring diseases?
  • Is your enterprise ‘performing’ inadequately?
  • Are you having to cull too many animals, from disease or poor production?
  • Are you uncertain that you are doing as well as you can, in management and feeding terms?

There may be another way … Holistic methodology may provide some of the answers you are seeking.

Have you considered Natural Medicine and holistic management methods?

N.B.: The AVMC cannot treat any notifiable disease in the UK, without express dispensation from DEFRA.

See also:

Farm Topics
Nutrition & Natural Feeding
Farm Homeopathy
Hoof Care
Case Histories
Cattle Diseases
Sheep Diseases
Pig Diseases
Poultry Diseases
Preventive Medicine
Notifiable Diseases
Avian Influenza
Antibiotic Resistance
Articles on Farm Animals



Acetonaemia Actinobacillosis Actinomycosis Arthritis Back & Neck Problems
Big Bale Eye Bloat Blood in Milk Bovine Mastitis Bluetongue
Brucellosis BSE BVD Calf Diphtheria Calf Pneumonia
Calf Scour Calving Problems Cow Mastitis Diarrhoea Digital Dermatitis
Dystocia Foot & Mouth – FMD Foot Rot Foul-in-the-Foot Heel Dermatitis
IBR Infertility Johne’s Disease Joint ill Keratoconjunctivitis
Ketosis Lameness Laminitis Listeriosis Low
Luer Lumpy Jaw Lungworm Mastitis in Cows Metritis
Milk Let-Down Navel Ill New Forest Eye Pneumonia Prolapse
Ringworm Rotavirus Salmonella Scour Septic Arthritis
Silage Eye Traumatic Reticulitis Tuberculosis – T.B. Warts Wooden Tongue

Click on any condition for more information. Send a request if a disease is not shown or is not yet covered. N.B. Some of these links are in preparation.

Cattle vital information:

Rectal Temperature Respiratory Rate Heart Rate Gestation Period
101.5oF / 38.5oC 30 breaths per minute 65 (60-70) ~ 280 days


Big Bale Eye Blue Tongue Chlamydia Contagious Pustular Dermatitis CPD
Dermatophilus Enzootic Abortion FMD Foot & Mouth Disease
Foot-Rot – Foot Rot Gangrene Joint-Ill Kerato-Conjunctivitis Lameness
Maedi-Visna Mastitis (Gargot) Navel-Ill Orf Pasteurellosis
Pregnancy Toxaemia Prolapse Rain Scald Sheep Pox Scour – Diarrhoea
Scrapie Strawberry Foot Rot Streptothricosis Twin-Lamb Disease Watery Mouth

Click on any condition for more information. Send a request if a disease is not shown or is not yet covered. N.B. Some of these links are in preparation.

Sheep vital information:

Rectal Temperature Respiratory Rate Heart Rate Gestation Period
103oF / 39.5oC 26 breaths per minute 75 (60-120) 144-150 days


Atrophic Rhinitis Blue Ear E. coli Enzootic Pneumonia – SEP Erysipelas
Foot & Mouth (FMD) Infertility Lameness Lice Mastitis
Meningitis MMA PDNS PMWS Pneumonia
Prolapse PRRS Scour – Diarrhoea SMEDI Stillbirth Problems
Swine Dysentery Weaning Problems

Click on any condition for more information. Send a request if a disease is not shown or is not yet covered. N.B. Some of these links are in preparation.

Pig vital information:

Rectal Temperature Respiratory Rate Heart Rate Gestation Period
102oF / 39oC 15-20 breaths per minute ~ 70 112-115 days

POULTRY DISEASES (domestic fowl):

Avian Encephalomyelitis Avian Influenza Avian Lymphoid Leukosis Avian Tuberculosis
Bird Flu Blackhead Coccidiosis Coronaviral Enteritis
Duck Plague – Viral Enteritis Egg Drop Syndrome Equine Encephalitis Fowl Pox
Gumboro Disease Infectious Bronchitis Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD) Infectious Coryza
Influenza Laryngotracheitis Mycoplasma gallisepticum Marek's Disease
Newcastle Disease Pasteurellosis Perosis Salmonellosis (Pullorum & Typhoid)
Scaly Leg Skeletal Problems Yersiniosis

Click on any condition for more information. Send a request if a disease is not shown or is not yet covered. N.B. Some of these links are in preparation.

See also: Foie Gras and Down

Other species: sporadic demand for treatment of herd, flock or individual treatments, in less common species (e.g. Buffalo, Deer, Reindeer, Camelids, Goats), are taken on by the AVMC on the same holistic basis.

While the only promises that can be made are that we will always concentrate and put in maximum effort on your farm's behalf, and strive for excellence in the application of holistic natural medicine techniques, we do enjoy an encouraging level of success in such troublesome and chronic conditions. A great many herd and flock problems have yielded to a full holistic program, applied in this way.

The Alternative Vet (AVMC) offers Holistic Veterinary Medicine for horses, ponies, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, sheep and other species. As herb vet / herbal vet, we use traditional Western Herbs, which naturally form the indigenous plant medicine of his patients. As homeopathic vet, we use many different homeopathic methodologies, not being confined by any single doctrine. As acupuncture vet, we use needling, LASER stimulation, moxibustion, electro-acupuncture and acupressure. As chiropractic vet, we examine every patient for correct skeletal alignment and offers manipulation for those that require it. As holistic vet, we integrate these therapies, as needed and advises natural, species-suitable feeding. Whether herbal vet, acupuncture vet, homeopathic vet, holistic vet or other nomenclature, we put the patient first, applying whatever means of stimulation of natural healing he can, to the benefit of the patient.

Main Treatments offered (see Therapies):

Homeopathic treatment (homeopathy is far and away the most practical, effective and economical form of natural medicine for farm herd and flock application)

  • Acupuncture treatment
  • Herbal treatment (Phytotherapy)
  • Aromatherapy treatment
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Nutritional advice – Feeding advice
  • LASER treatment
  • Ultrasound treatment
  • Back manipulation – Back treatment
  • Bach Flowers
  • Holistic medicine – Holistic veterinary medicine
  • Flower Essences
  • Tissue Salts
  • Holistic therapy – Holistic treatment – Holistic care
  • Holistic advice
  • Integrated medicine
  • Anthroposophical medicines – Anthroposophy
  • Natural medicine – Alternative medicine – complimentary medicine
  • CAM – CAVM
  • Natural Feeding – Natural Diet

These approaches represent a philosophy that is alternative to the current conventional norm but the use of alternative therapies does not do away with the need for a thorough examination and assessment. Nor does it preclude the use of modern diagnostic techniques where necessary. A holistic vet will take into account all these things, in addition to closely scrutinizing lifestyle, diet, grazing, environment, management, housing etc.

See also: Factory FarmingIntensive Farming

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