Research & Articles

Agricultural Homeopathy

Peer reviewed papers and unpublished studies have been included. Readers must make their own assessment.

Homoeopathy is not species specific and does not claim to have one remedy to treat one disease.

Single named remedies made from a named mother tincture are freely available and not patented, but their production is well regulated and in UK only registered homoeopathic pharmacies may make them up for sale to farmers. The use of homoeopathy on the farm is regulated by EU directive (2001/82/EC amended 2004/28/EC) variously adopted in member states (ECCH 2007).

In UK the Veterinary Surgeons Act allows only a vet or an owner to diagnose or prescribe anything for animals. This has made it difficult for UK farmers to find support in their efforts to use homoeopathy.

Reports such as the Swanne and the Curry reports have voiced concerns that antibiotic usage in production animals increases resistances, MRSA has now been found in UK calves and research done by Hoektoen in Norway suggests that farmers using homoeopathy are able to reduce antibiotic usage on their farms.Both papers can be seen below in the Dairy and Beef file.

The homoeopathic treatment of farm animals is still not well understood.

Its practice limited by lack of qualified practitioners (Baars 2003)(1). Research into homoeopathy generally is limited, often poorly designed, (Bellavite 2006)(2) assumed to be the domain of those with a medical training and confused by the perceived “placebo effect” itself poorly researched (Mastrangelo 2005)(3). Schofield (1984)(4) and Baars (2003) made comprehensive studies of farm homoeopathy both finding that little was known and more work needed to be done.

While suppliers of homoeopathic preparations claim over five thousand farm clients and one million remedies administered (Tony Pinkus Open letter to VMD 2002), there is still little published evidence of the extent of its use and effect..

(1) http://www.louisbolk.org/downloads/453.pdf
(2) http://ecam.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/3/2/171
(3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16319808
(4) referred to by Baas 2003.

Very few studies involve the farmer in the decision making of remedy selection, or in the assessment of outcome and satisfaction.

In reality, as farmers see the animals regularly, often on a daily basis, it is they who are best placed to see the changes and make decisions about the appropriate remedy.

There is also a concentration on comparing conventional and homoeopathic treatment. Very little investigation looks simply at the effect of use. For the farmer the effect on his or her own animals is the issue and little has been done to collect this evidence.

Below we have listed several documents, most of them available on the internet or from their authors. Some are peer reviewed, others are simply studies. The files are roughly divided into dairy and beef, sheep, others (incl horses) and general, i.e. covering all animals.

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