New World Homeopathic Veterinary Repertory
The following text has been written by Richard Pitcairn, one of the authors of the repertory.
The strategy for a veterinary repertory
Homeopathy is tremendously successful in the treatment of animals and has the added benefit of showing that the effect is not placebo. Finding the remedy for an animal patient is somewhat difficult, however. We are dealing with a patient that cannot communicate with us in the usual way. We can observe, examine physically, ask for information from their human companions, but it is not possible to obtain any information as to sensations, or the locations of these sensations. As an example we may observe a dog limping and careful examination may show us it is in the right front leg. Perhaps we can narrow down to a joint, the elbow, but we cannot determine the type of pain, its location, or if the pain extends to other areas.
We run into the same issue with mental or emotional symptoms. We can assume a general interpretation — perhaps that the aggressive dog is angry, but it really is a guess. We see how difficult to accurately interpret human behavior and therefore how unlikely we can accurately do that with the non-verbal animal.
There are also functional changes, like abdominal complaints, which if a human patient, could defined as in the area of the stomach, or the pancreas, but in the animal we have to be satisfied with more general “abdominal.”
With these restrictions in mind one can see that the strategy for working with an animal has to be modified from the usual human orientation. From this viewpoint, the question is what is the best repertory to use as a reference. Experience has shown that the method of Bönninghausen is very applicable, this being especially a utilization of the concepts of modality and concomitants. These are observable for us. We can see what seems to relieve the animal — such as seeking cool areas, or reluctance to move. We also observe other changes, the concomitants, what seem to be unrelated symptoms to the main complaint. Emphasizing the method of Bönninghausen is very well presented in the Bönninghausen repertory edited by Cyrus Boger. Boger very skillfully organizes and presents the Bönninghausen method.
Editing the veterinary repertory
We, therefore, used the Boger/Bönninghausen repertory as the foundation and began by removing all the rubrics that could not be determined in animals — the sensations and other details as described above.
The next step was the adding of rubrics or expanding rubrics that from our prior veterinary experience we knew are important ones in animal work. As primary sources we drew on Kent’s repertory, Boger’s Synoptic Key and Jahr’s New Manual. Occasionally other information was taken from Knerr’s repertory, Boericke’s repertory, Hering’s Guiding Symptoms and Allen’s Encyclopedia.
We can summarize this by saying —
1) We simplified the repertory by taking out information not of use to us.
2) We added in, and emphasized, what is of most important to the veterinarian.
Using the repertory
The resulting veterinary repertory became a useful tool in veterinary practice as it makes finding case detail easier. Using the method of Bönninghausen, we emphasize the modalities and concomitants in our analysis, and very often, this allows the finding of the needed remedy.
Using the repertory this way, we have confirmed its usefulness. It allows the efficient use of homeopathy in animal work and, as we hope, will greatly encourage the development of this modality in the treatment of animals.
The Complete Dynamics development team.
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