Liver Diseases in Pets and the Homeopathic Remedy Chelidonium Majus
World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2006
G. Kirkilesi, K. Loukaki
Private Veterinary Clinic, Helioupolis, Athens, Greece

The liver is the largest organ that is located in the body, a testament to its importance. It is involved with almost all biochemical processes and there are many different diseases that affect it. Nevertheless the liver has the ability to regenerate. This regenerative ability allows a diseased liver to return to normal function in some cases.

Homeopathy is a complete diagnostic and therapeutic method. Homeopathic remedies are made from over 2000 substances derived from plants, minerals and animals. The process of producing the homeopathic remedies is called potentisation and includes serial dilution and succussion. The basic principle of homeopathy is the law of similars, which states that a substance, which produces symptoms in a healthy organism, can cure these symptoms in a sick organism, if it is prepared and administered as a homeopathic remedy. Chelidonium majus is a plant, which belongs to the Papaveraceae family. As a homeopathic remedy it acts mainly on the liver and on the gallbladder. In 10 cats and dogs with liver disfunction caused by various agents (Ehrlichia canis, Leishmania, cancer, hepatic lipidosis, conventional medicines like phenobarbital, carprofen) one capsule of Chelidonium majus 30CH was given per os every 7-14 days. The results were: improvement of the clinical signs (anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, emaciation) and of the biochemical values in different degrees. The most important was the improvement of the animals' quality of life despite the serious and sometimes incurable diseases, from which they were suffering. The use of Chel. majus in dogs and cats with liver diseases has given encouraging results. Further research is needed to investigate the efficacy of Chel. majus in comparison and in combination with the idiosyncratic (constitutional) homeopathic remedy, the efficacy of lower and higher potencies, the combination of its use together with special diets and other conventional or/and alternative therapeutic methods.

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G. Kirkilesi
Private Veterinary Clinic
Helioupolis, Athens, Greece

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