Research, evidence and useful links for Farm Homeopathy

Many websites offer information about homeopathic research, including peer reviewed papers of trials and debates on possible mechanisms of action.

The best sources for information are as follows, with further links throughout and at the end of this article.

ECCH European Council for Classical Homeopathy.

HRI Homeopathic Research Institute.

ECH European Committee for Homeopathy.

BAHVS British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons

Research into Homeopathy on Farm Animals

Homoeopathy is not species specific and does not claim to have one remedy to treat one disease. Single named remedies made from a named mother tincture are freely available and not patented, but their production is well regulated and in UK only registered homeopathic pharmacies may make them up for sale to farmers. The use of homoeopathy on the farm is regulated by EU directive (2001/82/EC amended 2004/28/EC) variously adopted in member states (ECCH 2007).

In UK the Veterinary Surgeons Act allows only a vet or an owner to diagnose or prescribe anything for animals. This has made it difficult for UK farmers to find support in their efforts to use homoeopathy.

Reports such as the Swanne and the Curry reports have voiced concerns that antibiotic usage in production animals increases resistances, MRSA has now been found in UK calves and research done by Hoektoen in Norway suggests that farmers using homoeopathy are able to reduce antibiotic usage on their farms. Very few studies involve the farmer in the decision making of remedy selection, or in the assessment of outcome and satisfaction.

In reality, as farmers see the animals regularly, often on a daily basis, it is they who are best placed to see the changes and make decisions about the appropriate remedy.

There is also a concentration on comparing conventional and homeopathic treatment. Very little investigation looks simply at the effect of use. For the farmer the effect on his or her own animals is the issue and little has been done to collect this evidence.

In Norway, (where vets are not permitted to prescribe homeopathy), Hektoen investigated the use of homeopathy by some dairy farmers and found that they used it because, in their experience it worked, trusting it in spite of veterinary and scientific opposition.

HAWL is always keen to hear from farmers or farm vets about any studies they have conducted.

Research Documents