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Homeopathic Medicines Are As Effective As Antibiotics For Cows Mastitis

PubMed Publication from J Dairy Res:In a very conventional veterinary journal showed that homeopathic treatment was just as effective as antibiotics and more effect than placebo...and gave farmers and all of us healthier milk without antibiotic residue!


Efficacy of homeopathic and antibiotic treatment strategies in cases of mild and moderate bovine clinical mastitis.
Werner C, Sobiraj A, and Sundrum A of The University of Kassel in Germany designed a controlled clinical trial on 136 lactating cows randomly selected from 4 herds with mastitis that had a negative bacterial test result in their pre-treatment milk samples. The researched used both antibiotic and placebo treatment approaches, in addition to classical homeopathy.

The abstract indicates: " The cows were examined on days 0, 1, 2 and on days 7, 14, 28 and 56 post initial infection to assess clinical signs. Simultaneously, with the exception of days 1 and 2, quarter milk samples for laboratory examinations (bacteriology, somatic cell count) were collected to assess bacteriological and cytological cure rates. On days 28 and 56, treatment strategies did not differ significantly with respect to the clinical outcomes and the total cure rate in cases of bacteriological negative mastitis (n=56). In cases of pathogen-positive mastitis (n=91), the cure rate after 4 and 8 weeks was similar between the two treatment strategies, homeopathy and antibiotic treatment, but the difference between the homeopathic and the placebo treatment at day 56 was significant (P<0.05). The results indicate a therapeutic effect of homeopathic treatment in cases of mild and moderate clinical mastitis. However, independent of treatment strategy and bacteriological status, the total cure rate was on a low level, revealing limitations in the effectiveness of both antibiotic and homeopathic treatment strategies."

PMID: 20822562 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Farmer describes his experience with homeopathy

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Comment by Debby Bruck on September 10, 2010 at 11:07pm
Dear Dana ~ Perhaps more veterinary studies of this kind will provide further reason for farmers to use homeopathy and reduce the use of antibiotics for the foods we put on our tables and feed our growing children. Due to the concern of over-use of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance and weakening of immune systems, veterinarians search for methods to improve their animals without side-effects and the greater cost of drugs. Happier animals makes more nutritious milk. Hopefully, they will also see the benefits of grass-fed cows and better treatment of herds.

Here is another Blog on Contaminated Meat

And blog What Will Make You Into A Vegetarian

Sunil's Five Reasons To Be Vegetarian

I'm interested in learning more details about the study, like what remedies were used, what potencies and how often given.

I would like to understand the summary provided and the comparison graphs of the antibiotic, homeopathic and placebo groups.
Comment by Debby Bruck on September 10, 2010 at 11:29pm
Gina tells us Belladonna and Hepar sulph are useful for mastitis in her Birthing/Midwife article
  • Belladonna: hot, moist, thin, rigid cervix; fever, hot, red face; bounding pulse; twitching; headache; wants to escape (freeking out); worse from light, motion, jarring, noise, mastitis with reddened skin; too copious flow of milk; breasts very tender, swollen
  • Hepar Sulph: vaginitis; discharge is curdy and smells like old cheese, with itching; mastitis with pus production

Phytolacca is another useful homeopathic remedy for mastitis.

When taking antibiotics it is necessary to be on the drug for 10-14 days, usually taking Keflex, Dicloxacillin, and Erythromycin; while homeopathic treatment may result in much quicker response rate without need for long-term repetition. I wonder how they compare these treatment methods?
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on September 11, 2010 at 12:52am
Thanks for the information. Such information clearly disproves the "placebo effect" propaganda promoted by the skeptics. Homeopathy is the best choice for mastitis, because the antibiotic content in the milk is the main reason for dental problems in children.

Near to my clinic, there is a government Veterinary hospital. Majority of doctors in that hospital prescribe Homoeopathic medicine for mastitis.
Comment by DR. Sushil Bahl on September 11, 2010 at 3:10am
Though there are lot of informations, indicating the effectiveness of Homoeopathic medicines, both in human and Animals,and that too from most authentic sources, includes one, now provided by Dr Dana, yet the scientific world always is in denial mode, once it comes to Homoeopathy.
Comment by Debby Bruck on September 14, 2010 at 11:34am
Dear Dr Sushil ~ Have you ever heard of THE TIPPING POINT? I do believe we are presently on the verge of this place when things will change. The momentum and gain that people's minds begin to see the SIMILIMUM WORKS shows that Homeopathy cannot be denied any longer. When someone SMILES they receive a smile in return. When someone FROWNS they see their reflection. People are tired of feeling depression and sadness. People purposely think POSITIVE, people experience the benefits of the SIMILIMUM in their daily lives, in many aspects and it will become integrated into their thinking pattern.
Comment by Dr. MAS on September 14, 2010 at 11:59pm
Yes, homeopathy has very good result for Mastitis Treatment.
Comment by Liz Byszeski (Brandegee) on September 16, 2010 at 10:22am
My latest case of mastitis did very well with Silica. Homeopathy provides quick relief and avoids recurrence.
Comment by Debby Bruck on September 22, 2010 at 1:06pm

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk

Homeopathy and Mastitis

Homeopathic and antibiotic treatment
of mastitis produce similar results
Except antibiotics have side effects
and weaken immune system

A recent clinical control trial conducted by researchers at the department of Animal Nutrition and Animal Health of the University of Kassel in Germany studied the effectiveness of the classical homeopathic treatment strategy in cases of mild and moderate bovine clinical mastitis in comparison with antibiotic and placebo treatments.

The trial was financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

To reduce the use of antibiotics in organic livestock production, European Union Regulations stipulate that homeopathic and herbal medicines shall be used in preference, provided that their therapeutic effect is effective for the species of animal and the condition for which the treatment is intended.

The use of chemically-synthesised allopathic medicinal products may only be used under strict conditions, when the use of homeopathic and herbal medicines is inappropriate.

Studies from research groups in the United Kingdom and Germany show that 34–51% of clinical mastitis cases in dairy cows were treated with homeopathic medicines, although only a few papers have been published so far on using homeopathy as a treatment strategy in mastitis therapy.

In the recent trial a total of 136 lactating dairy cows with 147 affected quarters from four herds in Germany were randomly allocated to three treatment groups.

The cows were examined on days 0, 1, 2 and on days 7, 14, 28 and 56 post initial infection to assess clinical signs.

Simultaneously, with the exception of days 1 and 2, quarter milk samples for laboratory examinations (bacteriology, somatic cell count) were collected to assess bacteriological and cytological cure rates. On days 28 and 56, treatment strategies did not differ significantly with respect to the clinical outcomes and the total cure rate in cases of bacteriological negative mastitis (n=56). In cases of pathogen-positive mastitis (n=91), the cure rate after 4 and 8 weeks was similar between the two treatment strategies, homeopathy and antibiotic treatment, but the difference between the homeopathic and the placebo treatment at day 56 was significant (P<0.05).

The authors conclude that the results indicate a therapeutic effect of homeopathic treatment in cases of mild and moderate clinical mastitis and that the homeopathic treatment strategy in these cases therefore might be an alternative to the use of antibiotics.

However, independent of treatment strategy and bacteriological status, the total cure rate was on a low level, revealing limitations in the effectiveness of both antibiotic and homeopathic treatment strategies. Reference Werner C, Sobiraj A, Sundrum A (2010).

Efficacy of homeopathic and antibiotic treatment strategies in cases of mild and moderate bovine clinical mastitis. Journal of Dairy Research, doi:10.1017/S0022029910000543 [PubMed]

The tide is turning.
No one can deny that homeopathy
is only placebo now.
Moo - Moo. Listen to the cow bells ring!

Comment by Ted J. Maines on September 27, 2010 at 9:51am
This is all great information. Even though we do not see mastitis often on our Dairy farm (Healthy, Organically raised bovine have little illness in our experience), we did "acquire" a Jersey Cow that had mastitis. I treat animals by symptoms and not "take this remedy". I went to Kent Repertory for Chest and Mammary Glands. There is a lot there suck as cracking of nipples, discharges, inflammation and so on. After doing my Rubrics, I found that Hepar sulph was the remedy. It worked. Other remedies considered were Aconite, Belladonna, Bryonia, Calcarea, Causticum, Graphites, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Mercurius, Petroleum, Phosphoraus, Phytolacca, Silicea and Sulphur. Diffferent animals show different symptoms for mastitis (as in any other ailment).

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