Homeopathic medicines were developed based on observations of healthy subjects made by physicians. However, they also found application in veterinary medicine: as early as 1833, a German practitioner, Guillaume Lux, was already treating a certain number of diseases in horses and cattle using four Homeopathic medicines: Aconitum napellus, Camphora, Nux vomica and Opium.
Since then, veterinary Homeopathy has continued to develop despite the apparent difficulty of adapting the patient questioning techniques to animals. The qualities of efficacy already observed with Homeopathic medicines in human medicine often find comparable applications in veterinary medicine; it is also interesting to note how much the concepts of a global approach and individualization of treatment remain the same in going from the treatment of humans to the treatment of domestic animals and pets.
For livestock, other important arguments contributing to creating growing interest among ranchers:
Homeopathic treatment possesses qualities of "rebalancing the terrain"; tested favorably by many livestock farmers on family and industrial farms that enable Homeopathy to be used preventively, in order to improve animal production;
Homeopathy allows the animal to be treated without residues, which makes it a non-toxic treatment not only for the treated animal but also for the consumer and the environment; finally, treatment costs are generally low.
These advantages have led certain branches of high-quality animal production (brand-name production where the specifications are strictly regulated) to share in the financing for research in veterinary Homeopathy.
Specific to livestock, this series of arguments supplement the life experience of Homeopathic veterinarians. In practice, these veterinarians see, for example, that faced with a disconcerting clinical picture, Homeopathy renews the therapeutic strategy.
As in human medicine, there is no question of denying its limits: parasites, fractures, foreign bodies, etc., are cases that do not fall within the scope of Homeopathic treatment.