Homeopathics for Cushing's Disease in Dogs

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

By Tess Thompson

The homeopathic approach to treatment is holistic. It attempts to treat the patient based on various aspects and not the symptoms alone. It considers symptoms only as a manifestation of a deeper problem and emphasizes the organic relationship between symptoms and the body as a whole. The same approach is applicable to all treatments, including Cushing’s disease in dogs.

Ideally, homeopathic remedies should be prescribed on the basis of individual symptoms along with personality traits and the specific circumstances in which the symptoms occur. All these aspects are considered equally important. Canine Cushing’s is approached similarly. While humans can be questioned and interviewed, the dog’s personality is assessed on the basis of his normal behavior and temperament. Going strictly by this aspect, it would appear that standardization is not possible in homeopathic treatment. And therefore, there should be a different remedy for each dog suffering from Cushing’s disease. This may have been true some years back, but it is only partially true now.

There have been studies conducted on the efficacy of various homeopathic remedies. These have been conducted in an effort to standardize veterinarian homeopathic treatment. Some of these studies have been done on remedies for equine and canine Cushing’s also. With a success rate over 80%, it was firmly established that some of the homeopathic remedies can improve adrenal health and are effective across individuals as well as species.

Although homeopathy is considered to be an alternative therapy, it is does not fall under ancient therapies like Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Homeopathy is a newer therapy that was propounded by its founder Samuel Hahnemann about two hundred years ago. What connects all three treatment modalities is the basic approach that unites them. This pertains to the fact that each of these treatments encompasses all attributes of a patient and uses only natural substances to prepare remedies.

The homeopathic approach is to treat the dog as a whole. As such, it is not uncommon for a homeopath to insist upon dietary changes. An unbiased practitioner is likely to reject the use of commercial diets because of the harmful preservatives, additives and fillers used by most manufacturers to increase bulk and improve appearance. Homeopathy considers the use of synthetic substances as taboo.

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