Q. My thoroughbred mare was kicked on the near hind canon bone,
resulting in the formation of a sequestra. As I understand it, this
is the an area of damaged bone where the blood supply becomes cut
off, resulting in the bone matter 'dying'.
was operated on and the damaged bone removed. However, five weeks
on, it appears that the problem has not been resolved. A repeat
operation seems likely - are there any homoeopathic remedies I can
try in the meantime?
is indeed a difficult problem. The main issue is infection within
the bone, known as osteomyelitis. Once this is established, the
blood supply to such areas becomes diminished and the body finds
it very difficult to fight off any infection. Antibiotics may not
work at all in such situations.
In order to
improve the healing mechanism, you need to strengthen your horse's
immune sytem using plants such as echinacea. Also, the use of comfrey
will help to improve the way the bone heals.
The root can
be used internally as a poultice. A good alternative to the sue of
comfrey is the plant cissus quadrangularis.
a plant best used over a short, two week period, giving small doses
regularly throughout the day. For long term treatment I would use
an Ayurvedic formula that does not contain echinacea. Circulatory
stimulants such as prickly ash bark
may also help a great deal by improving circulation to the affected
area. Homoeopathic treatments can also help in such situations,
but are best given with the direct advice of an experienced practitioner.
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