THE HOMEOPATHIC CONSULTATION. AN INSIGHT INTO A DIFFERENT SKILL.
Whether for a dog, a cat, a horse or any other species, the homeopathic (homœopathic / homoeopathic) consultation with your chosen veterinary surgeon has several unique ingredients, that distinguish it from a typical veterinary consultation
- It is usually longer, since there is so much information to be gathered.
- It requires a referral from your local veterinary surgeon, unless the veterinary homeopath is your own veterinary surgeon.
- It concentrates not only upon the obvious signs/symptoms of the presenting complaint but also upon any other sign or symptom, past or present, which the patient may show or may have exhibited at some time in the past, which may or may not seem directly relevant to the current complaint. Such symptoms/signs are called ‘concomitants’.
- It takes cognisance of the effects of external stimuli upon the signs/symptoms, e.g. weather, time of day, temperature, feeding etc. These details are known as the ‘modalities’ of the symptoms, and serve to help distinguish the individuality of the patient.
- It requires a knowledge and understanding of the individual patient, in terms of character, demeanour, behaviour, fears, likes, dislikes and reaction to stimuli (e.g. weather, temperature, time of day etc). These elements also help to identify the patient’s individuality.
It takes account of all external factors, that may impinge upon the patient, e.g. living quarters, feeding, chemical environment, previous or current drug treatments, parasite control methods, saddling and shoeing (horses), grazing management (horses). These factors must be optimised, to enable maximum healing capability.
Homeopathy, properly conducted, is a truly holistic therapy, requiring painstaking attention to detail on the part of the vet. Short-cuts, such as prescribing for a patient not seen, for instance, are not encouraged by the BAHVS (see Code of Practice). If sufficient care is taken, many so-called ‘incurable’ conditions can respond favourably to professional homeopathic input.