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Wildlife Rehabilitation and Homeopathy

A Collection of Articles as Published in Homeopathy Today 


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Rescued Blackbird Free to Fly Again – After Homeopathy Helps to Heal an Ear Infection (September/October 2007)

A young blackbird in rehabilitation developed swelling and infection in the area near his ear that responded to homeopathy. The importance of taking the complete case, knowing the species, and effective use of homeopathy are demonstrated.

Mosquitoes Bring More than a Buzz to Outdoor Activities – West Nile Virus: How You Can Protect Yourself this Season (July/August 2007)

This article describes West Nile Virus and how people can avoid it. It also describes common symptoms and treatments. Two cases of WNV in people are described, including symptoms, repertorization, and homeopathic remedies, as well as a case about WNV in a goose. Six homeopathic remedies used with WNV are also mentioned. An additional note about changes in WNV in 2007 is also provided.

Osprey with Injured Eye regains a Bird's-Eye View (May/June 2007)

Good eyesight is critical for survival of most wild animals. This article describes the case of a young Osprey that was injured by barbed wire. While the various punctures healed nicely, the initial veterinarian diagnosed a traumatic cataract that he believed would prevent full recovery and release. The raptor rehabilitator consulted with a homeopathic veterinarian and provided essential details to help select a homeopathic remedy that helped the bird fully recover. The importance of working with a knowledgeable rehabilitator and veterinarian are emphasized.

Another Eye Injury, Another Remedy (May/June 2007)

A Saw-whet owl incurred injury and eye trauma when hit by a car. While prompt administration of homeopathic Aconite and Arnica helped with some of the overall trauma symptoms, the owl still had a severe intraoccular hemorrhage in its left eye. Homeopathic treatment helped the bird recover quickly and be released back to the wild.

Wild Orphans Helped by Homeopathy (April 2007)

The March, 2007 issue of Homeopathy Today includes a feature article on how homeopathy helped adopted children facing a variety of physical and emotional conditions. While about 80% of wild animals delivered to rehabilitation are juveniles and considered orphans, their conditions are considerably different. This article described some of the challenges of rehabilitating wild orphans. The case of an injured crow that does not want to eat demonstrates how homeopathy may complement good rehabilitation practices and veterinary care.

Gunpowder! Little Known Remedy Packs a Wallop Against Wounds (Feb 2007)

This article describes how homeopathic Gunpowder has been found to be a helpful tool in addressing wounds and infections in wildlife.  Homeopathic Gunpowder has been used with various wild species and wounds as a complement to good rehabilitation care and veterinary support. Several wildlife cases are described, including a gunshot eagle, a squirrel with an abscess, a bird with a bone infection, and another bitten by a cat. A variety of homeopathic remedies used with wounds are mentioned, as well as rubrics from homeopathic repertories where Gunpowder is listed or could be relevant.

When Wild Animals Refuse to Eat, It’s Not About Body Image (Nov/Dec 2006)

The December, 2006 issue of Homeopathy Today had several articles on how homeopathy had been used to treat people with bulimia and anorexia. This article described some of the differences when wild animals refuse food. It explained the importance of considering the wild animal’s natural history, physical problems (such as a fishing line around a throat), and rehabilitation practices, such as diet, feeding methods, husbandry, and stress. The author believes that there are cases where good rehabilitation practices and veterinary care can be complemented by carefully selected homeopathic medicines. Several cases are described. A partial list of reasons that wild animals may not eat is included.

Cottontail Rabbit Survives a Dog Mauling - Do Animals have Emotions? (March 2003)

This article describes some of the challenges in taking a case of a wild animal, including symptoms and causes of the problem. Homeopathic case-taking also considers emotional factors. The author acknowledges that while the subject of emotion in animals is controversial, the natural history and normal behavior of a species can be used to determine possible emotions in a wild animal delivered for rehabilitation, such as fear. The article describes a case when a nine-year old boy tried to rescue some cottontail rabbits after their nest and several other baby rabbits were destroyed by his dog. 

Injured Bird Needs More than Arnica - Wildlife Rehabilitator Saves Grackle (January 2003)

Many wild animals are admitted to rehabilitation facilities with injuries resulting from falls, blows, collisions with vehicles, and other traumas. Arnica montana is a homeopathic remedy that has been used with traumas for people and animals that result in bruises, fractures and other injuries. The article described an injured bird that was given good rehabilitation, veterinary care, and Arnica montana – but still had some unusual symptoms. A dose of another homeopathic remedy aided his recovery. An example of repertorization is included.

Homeopathy in the Wild - Homeopathy and Wildlife Rehabilitation (Nov 2000)

This article described wildlife rehabilitators growing interest in the use homeopathy with wildlife for the members of the National Center for Homeopathy. It explained the purpose of wildlife rehabilitation and typical activities as well as other requirements, such as veterinarians and licenses. It offered suggestions on how people interested in homeopathy and wildlife can become involved with wildlife rehabilitation. 


The following is not wildlife specific, but is an interesting perspective on those new to homeopathy.

Down for the Count: An Adult Ear Infection (September/October 2007)

A skeptic’s experiences with a viral ear infection, with and without homeopathy, cause him to consider homeopathy to be a useful tool.



About the National Center for Homeopathy

Homeopathy Today is published by The National Center for Homeopathy (NCH), a membership organization that supports and promotes homeopathy in the United States. The NCH website provides more information on the organization, its services, and resources on homeopathy. www.homeopathic.org.  NCH publishes a journal with informative and educational information on the use of homeopathy with many common conditions, such as colds, coughs, measles, infections, dental conditions, stomach upset, allergies, shingles, and more. NCH also conducts an annual national conference. Membership information is available at the NCH website.


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