Who would have thought that a nice, new, shiny wet nose could change everything?
Well Tina’s did.
In one fell swoop it swept way any doubts I had about homeopathy’s ability to positively influence health. It was living proof that remedies, no matter how dilute, could stimulate healing. There was no other explanation. And if it worked for Tina, then why not for other pets too? What’s more, if it worked for a condition as serious as nasal aspergillosis then what else was possible? I soon found out.
‘It was dumped on the doorstep a few moments ago,’ Karen said annoyed, placing a battered cardboard box on the examination table. Here and there it was streaked with red, which was never a good sign.
We paused for a moment, listening. No sound of puppies or kittens squeaking. No clip clopping of webbed feet, or the pecking of a beak against the inside of the box. None of the strange cries that wild animals sometimes make, particularly when injured or frightened. There was however, the sound of muffled breathing.
Gloves at the ready, just in case, we slowly lifted the lid, and were met by a pitiful sight.
Lying prostrate on a makeshift bed of bloodied blankets, panting furiously and trembling from head to foot, was a small black cat, with multiple injures.
Torn nails. Abrasions. An assortment of bumps and bruises. Pale, cold, clammy mouth and an eye full of blood protruding from its socket. All the hallmarks of being hit by a car.
Thankfully, on closer examination there didn’t appear to be any broken bones, or signs of internal damage. The left side of the face appeared to have born the brunt of the impact, which accounted for the dreadful state of the eye.
With a waiting room full of patients to attend to, a nurse was assigned to dress his wounds, and a homeopathic remedy made up for the bruising and shock, with instructions to administer it every 5 minutes. A slot in theatre was booked to remove the prolapsed eye.
Ninety minutes later, I entered the in-patient area and found a very different cat. ‘Red Eye’ as he was now called, was breathing normally, all signs of shock had gone and the left eye had shrunk – almost back into its socket – which was causing quite a stir. Putting surgery on hold, homeopathic treatment was maintained throughout the day, as Red Eye continued to improve.
By the end of the following day, the blood clot in the anterior chamber was dissolving. By the end of the week the front of the eye was completely clear, except for a few strands of scar tissue connecting the cornea to the iris, which restricted pupillary movements.
It was difficult to tell how much vision there was left in the eye if any, but it certainly didn’t handicap him in any way, or prevent him from living a full and active life when he went to his new home.
Proof Of The Pudding
Looking back, I can see now that I fell into the trap of dismissing homeopathy because it didn’t fit my belief system at the time.
I couldn’t see how it could possibly work, and so it didn’t.
Fortunately, Dr Reilly’s lecture came along with a different point of view, when I was struggling with the inability of conventional medicine to help many of my patients. Tina and Red Eye – real live animals with real problems and real, documented healing responses, not abstract contentions in a debate – provided the proof of the pudding that homeopathy can heal.
Most wonderful of all, is that these aren’t isolated cases. Over the years, I’ve seen similarly dramatic improvements in health in both animals and people suffering from a wide range of conditions, including chronic skin disease, allergies, digestive disturbances and behavioural problems.
Homeopathy is not a cure all. It relies on a pet’s or person’s ability to respond to a healing stimulus, which depends on many factors. It is in my experience however, one of the gentlest, safest and most effective ways to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms in both animals and people.
And so now, instead of cringing and thinking of my younger self when I hear words like ‘placebo’, ‘nonsense’ or ‘quackery’ bandied about, I picture Tina’s beautiful nose and Red Eye climbing trees with a full complement of eyes, and SMILE!