Volume 2 Issue 1 - 2000
Respiratory Troubles? Breathe Easy - Homeopathy Can Help!
Homeopathy is being used with great success throughout the world in veterinary as well as human practice. More and more animal owners are happily discovering that with proper homeopathic care, illnesses that are considered incurable have a good chance for cure.
Homeopathy is a unique branch of holistic medicine that has specific principles and laws. "Like cures like" is the basic principle of homeopathy. Substances which cause symptoms in a healthy individual can be used to cure them in an unhealthy individual. Matching the symptoms of the sick body with the proven toxic effects of a certain substance is the key. The substance, if prepared homeopathically (diluted and succussed repeatedly in a specific manner), becomes highly energetic but non-toxic. Thus even harmful substances become completely safe, and curative.
Herbs are 'a natural' for horses. For millions of years instinct has led horses to eat the plants that helped them survive. They roamed the grasslands and prairies feeding on beneficial plants and grasses that provided nourishment and medicine. In this new millennium, herbs and plants are still of great value as food and medicine for the horse.
Yin, Yang, and the Five Elements
To understand the treatment of horses by acupuncture and acupressure, one needs to understand the flow of energy through the body. This vital energy, or life force, is known as Qi (a Chinese word, which is pronounced "chee"). Acupuncturists see the body as a self-healing entity, capable of maintaining its own good health until this life force becomes unbalanced in some way. By using acupuncture and acupressure, this energy balance can be restored. Once it is rebalanced and normal energy levels have been regained, the body is again capable of self-healing.
Massage and Muscle Therapy
Your horse's muscles make up 60% of his body weight and are responsible for the movement and healthy functioning of his body. Problems with muscles do not always make themselves evident directly; your horse may have a change of behaviour, develop an annoying habit, resist a command, or become uneven and display general signs of soreness.
Massage can help
Massage for your horse is beneficial for many reasons. In days of old, it was a tool used by grooms to help maintain their horses' health. Massage can be used to prevent injury as well as to assist the body to repair muscle fibres that have been damaged.