A Horse With Chronic Colic Treated With Homeopathy
This is an experience that I had with a horse that suffered from colic repeatedly. A colleague asked me if I could treat a patient of his with homeopathy, and I did. This veterinarian was treating Fanny for having colic constantly and it got worse as time went on, each time taking more time for the horse to recover.
At the first consultation I asked my colleague about the colic:
what kind?, how were the pains?, and everything else he could
tell me. His answers were as follows:
" Colic at first is unexpected, and then it transforms to a different strength level.”
At the beginning the colic was spasmodic and an impaction developed.
In the first colic Fanny experienced discomfort and excitement.
In the last colic Fanny developed a stiffness condition before the colic and this condition had manifested more in the forelimbs.
Each time, they would treat her with medication, but with each occurrence it became more difficult to cure, as "the colic would last longer and the horse would take more time to recover". By this time Fanny’s owner and vet decided to experiment with another kind of therapy.
When I went to check Fanny, I found myself with a loving horse that was in serious pain; her body was in great tension, thin, decayed, in very bad condition. She had a strong temper. When I asked about her way of being, they said, "When she is loose, she runs and runs”, and they thought it was because the horse was very excited to be out; and, when they rode the horse, Fanny would grit her teeth and when they tried to stand her up, she would get upset.
Why do I note the signs of her behavior? Because the horse's actions and reactions help me to determine the best homeopathic remedy. These actions and reactions are different in each patient. For example, those who own dogs and cats, lots of times we've seen that they get scared with sounds of thunder and lightning and others it doesn't bother. That's why we should picture what the animal is suffering. Those actions from the animal are very important to write down so we can determine a remedy to fit the animal and its symptoms. There are almost 3600 homeopathic remedies studied in homeopathic care and they are not all the same. Each and every one has different symptoms that can benefit one organism but not the other.
In the examination I found the following:
Great tension in the articulation of the temporo-mandibular (based on the horse's tension)
Fanny's vitals were very diminished.
Either way the horse was very aware and cooperative throughout the examination. So, I massaged her and made Reiki with two things in mind: to create a bond with the horse, and to become familiar with the horse's body to see where the horse is more sensitive.
The fact of being a vet brings me closer to the animals and their problems. I think that the healing process is not only by medication but also having plenty of contact with the sick animal - in other words, COMMUNICATION. It is said that in every living creature, there is a natural healing force and my objective is for both of us to work with the ill animal so we can encourage this natural force to work.
Horses are not machinery that breaks down and you can buy a part to fix it. On the contrary, they are very sensitive animals that at times suffer due to situations that are hard for some people to identify. If we accomplish this contact, real and sincere, we will discover information that we can use to treat the patient.
After the massages and the Reiki, I spoke to the caregiver to get more details (usually, they know the horse very well), and came to a conclusion that she needed a remedy named Nux vomica. The conclusion was that she was suffering from an intestinal problem due to not being able to adapt to a working environment, which was hard for her. As a matter of fact, this is a remedy that is used on kids when they have temper tantrums when they do not get something their way, or when they feel contradicted; and physically there is great muscle tension with nervousness.
Along with this treatment, we added a diet change, frequent walks, massages and washing with warm water on the abdominal area.
This consultation was the 17th of August and when we spoke on the 24th the owner stated that the horse was doing better and has not suffered colic since the treatment started. She went to the show the following month and performed well.
About the author:
Anahí Sara Zlotnik, MV, is a veterinarian in Argentina whose holistic practice includes homeopathic medicine, massage, Reiki, natural horsemanship, and rehabilitation.
Anahí Zlotnik, MV
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