Homeopathy for Horses

Homeopathy for Horses

  • Tim Couzens


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An all-in-one reference offering extensive therapeutics, and a full equine materia medica.

Written to be comprehensible to anyone wishing to treat horses homeopathically, it is a valuable and extensive guide.

512pp PB
ISBN 1-872119-06-9


Couzen's Homeopathy for Horses is divided into sections according to body system. This format is preferred in holistic therapeutic books as it allows for a deeper understanding of the alteration in the animalís health.

There is a clear and simple explanation of the condition or the ailment, and then a thorough and thoughtful list of remedies and differentials are noted.

Conditions that require professional medical attention are clearly stated but unlike some authors who withhold information about certain ailments, hoping that the owner / companion will seek a veterinary consultation, Couzens covers it all.

Thus it is both a handbook for the barn and stable, and a desktop reference for the working holistic vet.

From the Book

From the Introduction -
Homeopathy as we know it today, and has been practised for over 200 years, was developed by the German scientist and physician Samuel Hahnemann towards the end of the 18th century.
The concept however, was by no means new even in Hahnemann's day. He attributed the original theory to the Greek Hippocrates, the 5th century physician and "father of medicine" who, it is claimed, cured a patient dying in the final stages of cholera by using an extract of Veratrum album, the white hellebore. In toxic doses this highly poisonous plant causes dehydration, collapse and a potentially fatal gasteroenteritis, all symptoms that closely resemble those of cholera. Hippocrates noted that "by similar things disease is produced, and by similar things administered to the sick, they are healed of their disease"- the principal of "like cures like" as rediscovered by...

The key to using homeopathic remedies successfully is to observe the patient and the patient's symptoms in order to find the correct remedy that will then interact with the vital force and instigate the healing process. Homeopaths group these symptoms into different categories to make the task a little easier.
Local symptoms refer to a particular area of the body or organ system such as the elbow, back, eye, bladder or skin for example.
General symptoms reflect the signs shown by the patient as a whole and might include appetite, thirst, physical appearance, observation on the gait and posture, effects of hot and cold or wet and dry and how the symptoms might vary with the time of year or day.
Mental symptoms reflect the animal's emotional or behavioral state. These might include fear, restlessness, sadness, aggressive behavior or excitability.
It is also vital to take into account specific characteristics of some of the symptoms.
For example where there is a nasal discharge you should note its colour (white, clear, green, yellow), consistency (thin, runny, thick, sticky) and odor if present. Factors that modify the individual symptoms must also be taken into account. These are termed modalities and are divided into two categories.
Aggravations which make the symptoms worse
Ameliorations which ease the symptoms
Examples of modalities include the effect of rest or movement, the time of day and the effect of hot or cold and...

From the Skin Chapter -
A hematoma is a sizeable accumulation of blood under the skin, which forms a clot following local trauma. Initially the area will be painful with surrounding areas of skin often showing evidence of contusion. Typical causes include falls, kicks or blows from blunt objects. The brisket area is a common site for a hematoma to appear after a fall.
Treatment should involve dosing with Arnica 30c or Arnica 200c (depending of the severity of the problem) twice daily, along with Hamamelis 30c...

This is an uncommon condition in which the skin becomes reactive to ultraviolet light in those areas that lack pigmentation. This means that the condition is normally limited to the white areas of the skin which naturally lack pigmentation and is essentially a form of sunburn. Exposed, hairless areas are particularly likely to be affected including the ear tips, nose and muzzle.
There are two underlying types. In primary or direct photosensitization the skin becomes susceptible to UV radiation due to ingestion of plants containing photosensitizing agents. These compounds can be found in plants such as St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) and dried Buckwheat plants and seeds (Polygonum fagopyrum). Initially there is an increase in skin irritation seen as rubbing and ear flicking. As the condition progresses the skin becomes...

The endocrine or hormonal system controls some of the major functions of the body through a number of chemical intermediaries or chemical messengers referred to as hormones. These are produced and secreted by a number of glands and circulate in the blood to their target organs. Hormones, for example, control the estrus cycle, influence hair growth, maintain blood sugar levels and regulate metabolism. Endocrine problems are relatively rare in the horse. The most common condition is Cushing's disease but on occasion diabetes mellitus, diabetes incipidus and hypothyroidism may be seen.

Cushing's disease is named after an American surgeon, Harvey Cushing, who first described the condition in people in 1932 whilst researching the brain and function of the pituitary gland. Mainly seen in older horses, it has been diagnosed...

From the Materia Medica Section -
Common name: Palladium the metal
Classification: Mineral
Preparation: By trituration

Acts on the female reproductive system especially the ovaries
Inflammation of the ovaries
Pain and swelling of the right ovary
Uterine prolapse
Pelvic peritonitis
Irregular oestrus cycles
Cystic ovaries
Easily upset or offended
Inclined to kick out or bite

Worse/Aggravated by Local pressure over the ovary
Ameliorated by Rest, sleep

Remedy interactions:
Works well with: Platina
Consider also:
Platina (Close allies)

(Right ovarian remedies)
Argentum metallicum
Lilium tigrinum
Actea rac
(Left ovarian remedies)

Principle equine indications:

  • Ovarian dysfunction
  • Cystic ovaries
  • Irregular cycles
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Pyometria
  • Poor libido in the mare


Acknowledgements - 8
Preface - 9
Foreword - 10
Introduction - 12
Constitutional Remedies and Types - 27
Basic Information - Vital Signs - 62

The Eye - 65
The Ear - 76
The Respiratory System - 78
The Heart and Circulation - 95
The Blood and Blood Vessels - 98
The Lymphatic System - 105
The Digestive System - 109
The Liver - 126
The Urinary System - 131
The Reproductive System - 139
The Foal - 158
The Locomotor or Musculoskeletal System - Part One - 167
The Locomotor or Musculoskeletal System - Part Two - 190
The Foot - 208
The Nervous System - 224
The Skin - 237
The Endocrine System - 268
Infectious Diseases - 272
Behavioural Problems - 298
Miscellaneous Conditions - 306
Poisoning - 315
Pre- and Post-Operative Homeopathy - 320
Vaccines, Vaccination Reactions, Vaccinosis and Nosodes - 322
First Aid and Emergency Care - 325
Remedies for the First Aid Kit - 329

Minor and Rarely Used Remedies - 473
The Bowel Nosodes - 478
The Tissue Salts 481
Glossary and Other Homeopathic Terms - 485
Notes - 492
Further Reading - 493
Useful Addresses

Tim Couzens

Tim Couzens has a veterinary practice in Ealing, West London, and has long been interested in alternative medicine.

He studied at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital where he qualified in 1995.

His Holistic Veterinary Medicine Centre offers homeopathy, phytotherapy, acupuncture, Bach flower remedies, and nutrition.

Specializing in the homeopathic treatment of horses, Couzens regularly publishes articles in various journals.