Homeopathy 2008; 97(03): 145-151
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2008.05.004
Original Paper
Copyright © The Faculty of Homeopathy 2008

Effect of homeopathic medicines on helminth parasitism and resistance of Haemonchus contortus infected sheep[]

F. Zacharias
3  Empresa Baiana de Desenvolvimento Agrícola S/A, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
,
J.E. Guimarães
2  Escola de Medicina Veterinária da Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
,
R.R. Araújo
1  Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
,
M.A.O. Almeida
2  Escola de Medicina Veterinária da Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
,
M.C.C. Ayres
2  Escola de Medicina Veterinária da Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
,
M.E. Bavia
2  Escola de Medicina Veterinária da Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
,
F.W. Mendonça-Lima
1  Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
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Publication History

Received28 March 2007
revised13 April 2008

accepted07 May 2008

Publication Date:
22 December 2017 (online)

This study evaluated the effects of homeopathic treatment on control of Haemonchus contortus infection in sheep. Twenty lambs were randomized to three treatments: treated with the homeopathic medicines, Ferrum phosphoricum, Arsenicum album and Calcarea carbonica; treated with a conventional antihelminthic, doramectin, and an untreated control group. Fecal and blood samples were taken from each animal on days 18, 38 and 68 after start of treatment.

A significant reduction in number of H. contortus larvae (p < 0.01) was observed for animals in the homeopathic treatment group compared to the control group. Fecal egg counts showed negative correlation between haematocrit and haemoglobin concentrations in the homeopathic treatment group (p < 0.01); however, the biochemical and immunological parameters showed better correlation, indicating that the homeopathic medicine improved vital functions. Daily weight gain in the homeopathic treatment group was superior to the control and to the antihelminthic groups, 31 and 6.5%, respectively. The cost benefit analysis confirmed that homeopathy group increases economic trend when compared with the other groups.

Supported by: Brazilian Council for Research and Technology Development (CNPq) and EBDA, Secretaria da Agricultura do Estado da Bahia.