Volume 2 Issue 2 - 2000
What Is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy - 'Like Cures Like' and 'The Law of Similars'
The word homoeopathy (now commonly spelled homeopathy) was coined by Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy, from two Greek words, homoios, meaning similar or like, and pathos, meaning suffering or disease. The basic homeopathic principle is treating like with like.
A substance that produces disease symptoms in a healthy individual can be used to cure an individual with similar disease symptoms. For example, poison ivy produces itching, burning, and inflammation. The specially prepared, diluted and succussed homeopathic remedy called Rhus tox, made from the poison ivy plant, is used to treat the burning, itching, and inflammation of hives, insect bites, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Hahnemann believed that through this principle, nature provides us with the medicine we need to heal ourselves of nearly every illness if we maintain a balanced lifestyle, including proper nutrition and a clean environment.
What is founder?
Founder, also known as laminitis, is inflammation of the sensitive laminae, or layers of tissue, of the hoof. This disorder can afflict either young or old horses, backyard companions or athletic competitors, and any breed. Although the causes of founder are varied, they trigger a systemic disturbance that affects the hoof by disrupting the normal blood flow to and from the hoof. Lack of proper blood flow causes a lack of oxygen to the laminae, which become damaged and die, leading to further tissue damage and deterioration within the hoof.
Symptoms of Subluxations
Equine chirovetpractic care is a supplemental method of care with a holistic approach to the health and performance of the horse. The equine chirovetpractor evaluates the health and proper biomechanical function of the spine through locating and correcting vertebral problems.
Chirovetpractic believes that the body has a natural ability to heal itself. Many things can interfere with this ability such as drugs, toxins and other environmental factors, injuries, pain, and misalignment of the spine. Known as a subluxation, this misalignment, or skeletal dislocation, can be corrected through proper chirovetpractic manipulations or adjustments and can restore the body's natural ability to self-heal.
All photos courtesy of Catherine Bird
Aromatherapy came to Australian beauty salons a few decades ago. Fortunately, we don't have to take our horses and sit them on a treatment table to get the benefits of essential oils. There is also no need to apply the essential oils to the entire horse; they work extremely well with spot applications where needed.
You can make up a blend of essential oils to help with a sore muscle, bruising or swelling, fungal skin infections or tendon problems, and apply them, diluted in a vegetable 'base oil', to areas you wish to address.
The plant kingdom offers many plants with scent from which we can extract essential oils. These plants usually have a traditional herbal use as well. The essential oils, being more concentrated, can be used for 'herbal' purposes as well as for the behavioural factor they offer.