Veterinary Homeopathy

Two Cases of Omphalophlebitis – Dangers of routine prescribing

Written by Jacques Millemann

The author compares two cases of abscess to demonstrate the danger of routine prescribing.

First case :

Some years ago a friend of mine, a cow-breeder working without pesticides and such stuff, had a few days old calf that showed a thick and inflamed navel. The clinical diagnosis is easy : this means an abscess of the umbilical cord.

In many popular books, especially those distributed by Labs, You can read: Abscess = Hepar sulfuris in low potencies opens the abscess and lets the pus flow. In high potencies it resorbs the suppuration.

Therefore he gave Hepar sulfuris 5 CH, 2 granules. Half an hour later, hearing noise, my friend came into the stable. The abscess opened after Hepar, leaving a hole in the muscles and skin. The poor calf was dancing from pain on his own entrails. Wonderful success of a gentle medicine ?

Case Number 2, January 2002

Another peasant working biologically gets the same pathology in a calf. He reads the same documentation, thinks about Hepar sulfuris, but asks me before giving the remedy. The calf has a 39º C temperature, he looks lively. The belly is supple. When someone touches the hard, hot and swollen umbilical cord, the calf starts lamenting.

In Kent’s repertory translated by E. Broussalian, you can find

Chapter Abdomen :


Umbilicus :

In General : Kali-n (only remedy)

Nurslings : Calc (only remedy)

Prescription by phone

Calc , 2 granules 3 x / a day

Survey of temperature and suppleness of the belly


Two days later, the umbilical cord is more supple. A hard crust is fallen and the pus begins flowing. Five days later, the calf is lively and playing. Temperature, appetite and navel are normal. The calf healed quicker than with antibiotics, without any after-effects.

Explanation of the Calc prescription : The nursling’s life is simple and consists in eating, sleeping and relieving itself. Compare with the Oyster, whose shell gives us the remedy.


Before prescribing one should always think a little while and be wary of routine prescribing.

About the author

Jacques Millemann

Born April 27th, 1935, Jacques Millemann received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the National School for Veterinary Surgeons (Alfort, France) in 1960. He settled as a rural area veterinary surgeon in Soultz-sous-Forets (France), catering to pets and cattle. Disappointed in mainstream medicine he began experimenting with homeopathy and published his first clinical cases in 1976. Fluent in German and English, he became a tutor for the French Homoeopathy Society and joined the International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy. He tutored in Switzerland, Germany, Austria etc.
Jacques retired from practice in 2000 and now, as member of the IAVH, is coordinating the writing of the first International Veterinary Materia Medica, which includes clinical cases, using the research of internationally renowned veterinary practitioners. The first volume was published in France and Germany and the second in Germany. He also collaborated with Dr Philippe Osdoit in writing L"™homeoopathie Veoteorinaire-de la theoorie et de la pratique (Veterinary Homoeopathy "“ Theory and Practice), published by Marco Pieotteur in Belgium and Sonntag in Germany.

1 Comment

  • you warned us in a good way thank you so much,keep writing.
    I am waiting any cat case in this vet section.

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