Homeopathic Treatments for Cushing's Disease in Dogs

Information and natural remedies for the treatment of cushing's disease.

By Tess Thompson

Cushing’s disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, is a glandular disorder that results in excessive cortisol in the blood. Cortisol, a stress hormone, is produced by the adrenal gland, which in turn is controlled by the pituitary gland in the brain. Pituitary or adrenal tumors, mostly benign, are major causes of Cushing’s disease. In dogs, the disorder may also occur due to the use of steroids in the treatment of other diseases.

Cushing’s disease presents a very dismal picture for the dog. Dogs with Cushing’s initially show symptoms of increased thirst and urination. This progresses into a dry skin that appears ready to break, excessive hair loss, a bloated stomach and loss of muscle mass.

Conventional treatment of Cushing’s implies surgically removing the benign adrenal tumor. Non- surgical treatment involves the use of Mitotane, a medication used for the controlled destruction of adrenal tissue in pituitary-dependent Cushing’s syndrome in dogs.

Homeopathic treatment of Cushing’s disease in dogs is primarily focused on extending glandular support and strengthening the body’s own capacity to heal. Such results can be instrumental in alleviating symptoms of Cushing’s and reducing the pain associated with the condition.

Homeopathic treatments are totally natural, with a strict rejection of synthetically-produced drugs. The therapy is based on the theory that the same substance that causes a condition in its original form can treat a condition in its diluted form. The homeopathic materia medica contains an exhaustive list of reports that detail the testing of repeated doses of substances in healthy individuals. The homeopathic repertory, on the other hand, lists groups of symptoms and the remedies associated with them.

Homeopathic remedies are safe, with very rare exceptions. The safety aspect is often ridiculed by biased conventionalists, mainly because of the high levels of dilution of most homeopathic remedies. Despite this, there are more than a hundred thousand homeopaths worldwide, and it is one of the most widely used alternative therapies.

With the passage of time, the original treatment modality of using a single remedy and monitoring the improvement in patients has given way to clinical homeopathy. Clinical homeopathy is the use of a combination of remedies to address different symptoms of a disease.

Most holistic veterinarians that subscribe to the philosophy of empathy and minimal invasiveness are more inclined towards complementary and alternative medicine to treat various ailments of pets. Homeopathic treatments are amongst the most popular therapies employed by holistic veterinarians the world over.

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