Veterinary Homeopathy

Bovine Love Story!

british white cow

A case of Aurum mur natronatum in a British White Cow.

The owner of the main character in this story is a good client. They bought the place a few years ago to convert it into an organic farm where the well-being of the animals was foremost on the agenda.

Mum, that is her name, was on the farm when they bought it. She used to be a dairy cow when the previous owner milked his cattle. She is the matriarch of the herd that my clients have slowly built up to about 20 mothers of British White Cows. Milking has stopped and the herd is there to rear young cattle destined for meat consumption.


The reason for the consultation is that she has not produced a calf for a year and she has lost a little weight and appears somewhat depressed. When I examine her, I find a uterus that is enlarged, full of clear mucus fluid (common in older cows) and ovaries that are inactive.

‘Mum is calm and quiet although, when the herd has a frantic gallop around the field, she will join in. She must be around 12 (good age for a cow). Seven days after we arrived she produced a calf. She did not take care of it, she had no milk and she took a while to eliminate the placenta (not uncommon in cows). We decided we would not keep her and a few weeks later when the lorry came to pick her up she had lost her ear-markings. Without these she could not go to the abattoir so she stayed and then we decided to keep her. We like her very much now and we can stroke her easily.

She is very demanding when it comes to men (i.e. bull). The first bull that arrived on the farm she ignored completely. They must have mated because she produced a calf ten months later but we never saw them together. The calf was born dead.

This first bull didn’t stay and was replaced by another one. He was a real gentleman and Mum adored him and they were always together. The result was three lovely calves (over three years of course). She was very proud of her calves. We had to teach her to get used to having a calf following her in the field (previously she was milked and had no calf following her) and it took three calves for her to get used to this idea.

When her ‘partner’ was replaced by a new bull (this is required to make sure that the father does not reproduce with his offspring which join the herd after 2.5 -3 years) she did not like this new arrival in the herd. He was an older bull a little too full of himself and she thought he was very rude and stayed away from him. She prefers to be treated with respect, she is somewhat romantic.

Because we did not trust this bull he was soon replaced by a younger bull. He is a more timid person and she ignores him completely. We are not surprised she is not in calf.

She is really well on our farm.

If we need to move the herd, we point her in the right direction and all the others follow her. If there is agitation in the herd she is there to settle things. She takes care of the herd and makes sure all is well.

She had a real love story with the second bull.

When we arrived on the farm she lived on her own for a while. This was not a problem. When she is unsure she hides herself amongst the other cows.’

I prescribe a remedy in 30K twice per day for 2 days.

The first night after the remedy she spends an hour mooing under my client’s window. I receive a phone call the next day saying, although they were lacking in sleep, they were happy because they thought she had responded to the remedy. (They are nice clients luckily.)

We then decide not to give more than 2 doses of the remedy. She is in calf three months later, produces a nice calf and is now in calf again. She also lost her appearance of depression and put weight back on.

I made the following repertorisation:

  • MIND – AILMENTS FROM – indignation
  • MIND – QUIET disposition

I combine the following rubrics to make one new rubric:

  • MIND – SENSITIVE – rudeness, to
  • MIND – QUARRELLING – aversion to
  • MIND – AILMENTS FROM – scorned; being
  • MIND – HARMONY – desire for

Aurum munriaticun natronatrum, Natrum mur, Nux vomica and platina cover the four rubrics.

I choose to use the first remedy (Aur-m-n). G. Vithoulkas writes that the remedy resembles phosphorus but that the patient does not show her fears and is calm and reserved. He writes that when these women are hurt they have a tendency to become depressed, especially if love is one of the factors.

Because the remedy has a particular action on the uterus this was too good to be true and the rest is history.

About the author

Edward De Beukelaer

Edward De Beukelaer, DVM mrcvs, practices classical homeopathy for animals in the UK (Wiltshire and Gloucestershire). 5 St David's Way Marlborough SN8 1DH 07786213636 c/o Riverside Veterinary Centre, Marlborough, Wiltshire, 0167205140875 Severnside Veterinary Group, Lydney, Gloucestershire, 01594 842185 Visit his websites: and

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