Book of Abstracts
11th IFOAM Scientific Conference
11-15 August 1996, Copenhagen, Denmark
1Department of Animal Health and Welfare, Danish Institute of Animal Science, Research Centre Foulum, P.O.Box 39, Dk-8830 Tjele; 2Fachbereich Landwirtschaft, Fachhochschule Osnabrück, Am Krümpel 31, D-49090 Osnabrück; 3Tieärztlicher Ambulanz, Freie Universität Berlin Aussenstelle Schwarzenbek, Röntgenstrasse 12, Postfach 1469, D-21487 Schwarzenbek
Veterinary homoeopathy is a holistic treatment method. The aim of the treatment is to support the single individual rather than to eliminate a »disease«. Potentisized remedies (remedies step-wise diluted and dynamized / »shaken«) are used. Homoeopathy is regarded as an attractive alternative to »chemical treatments« for many organic farmers. In many cases homoeopathy provide relevant and safe treatments. Traditions for use of veterinary homoeopathy in organic herds are different between countries and regions. Communication problems consequently may impede a shared effort with regard to investigate aspects of homoeopathy in veterinary practice. The support from environments interested in veterinary homoeopathy often fail to be of practical or financial importance for the research. Literature studies including results from research, clinical practice, and remedy proovings illustrate the necessity for a future shared effort to improve the quality of studies, and presentation of results. A considerable amount of research results and descriptions of experiences exist. Relatively few works have been developed as parts of a shared effort. It is necessary to develop a joint language and understanding of basic homeoeopathic terms across the borders of different traditions, among people being involved in aspects of veterinary homoeopathy. Research methods should clarify, explain and evaluate the mechanisms, foundation and view on health and disease on the premises of the homoeopathic treatment method, rather than the traditions of natural sciences. Examples on relevant study approaches are given in a number of human homoeopathic studies. A number of studies are explained in a way that allows natural scientists to understand the rationale behind the studies. A process where education, research, and communication are improved will create a strong foundation for a systematic and robust implementation of veterinary homoeopathic treatment methods into veterinary practice in organic herds, accounting for the possibilities and limitations of the treatment method.