Herc was an interesting case, partially because he made very distinct selections for the remedies his body needed, and also because he selected remedies that were very typical for the issues he was dealing with. His histroy included a rather traumatic and long transit to his new home, leaving his companions, having some parasitic issues which all culminated in ulcerative colitis accompanied by loose stools, occasional blood in stools, and a difficult diet to formulate.
Behavioral Case Study: Snow Leopard Aggression toward Handlers
The male snow leopard at the Alaska Zoo was showing agitated and aggressive behaviors towards the male keepers. Read about his process of selecting what helped him to better cope with his surroundings.
Behavioral Case Study: Horse experiencing grief at losing his equine companion
Cooper, an intact quarter horse stallion, had lost his equine companion of 10 years suddenly due to illness and had stopped eating and was in deep grief. For 3 days he had not been eating much and had been laying in one spot, not wanting to move. He had had a pretty calm life except for the recent loss of his friend. On arriving for his session, he was laying in the place his companion used to lay, and was obviously not in good spirits. His owner had said he was feeling untrusting, and she couldn't get him to eat or interact.
Internal Dysfunction Case Study: Canine with anemia and GI issues
Brownie is a 5 year old Chihuahua mix female who was anemic (IMHA), had arthritis and GI issues, causing her to be lethargic and have a limited appetite. She had suffered a broken leg as a very young puppy which was not set and occasionally caused her some intermittent pain and limited movement. She was on quite a few pharmaceuticals, including tramadol for pain, sucralfate for GI disturbance, prednisone and metronidazole, to name a few. In the last 4 months she'd had repeated bouts of sickness, was intermittantly not eating, very lethargic and had diarrhea.
Physical Trauma Case Study: Severe Laceration and Tissue Damage
River is a thoroughbred horse who made a great escape and ran through barbed wire. He had severe lacerations on his legs, and one leg in particular was very chewed up, with proud flesh growing and tendon and muscle exposed. The owner had been doing very intensive wound management with daily bandage changes, debridement of the wound, and applying bandages with Manuka Honey (a sterile, anti bacterial grade of honey that is very effective in healing wounds). She was quite worried and wondering if there might be some other ways to help her horse heal, both physically, and emotionally, and called me in to help.
"We are literally built, at a cellular level, to perceive and interact with our natural environment. Beyond a plant's capacity to strengthen our immune system or soothe our headaches, they have the capacity to call us back, through our senses, to an awareness of ourselves as ones who belong. Perhaps this is the deeper healing that plants offer."
-Larken Bunce, cofounder of Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism