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Assessing a treatment on the basis of an individual or a group. An example: the homeopathic treatment of digestive-tract strongyles in sheep

TABEL, J. ; SAUVE, C. ; CORTET, J. ; TOURNADRE, H. ; THOMAS, Y. and CABARET, J. (2009) Assessing a treatment on the basis of an individual or a group. An example: the homeopathic treatment of digestive-tract strongyles in sheep. [Fonder l’évaluation de la thérapeutique sur l’individu ou sur le groupe ? Un exemple: homéopathie et strongles digestifs des ovins.] Carrefours de l'Innovation Agronomique, 4, pp. 61-65.

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Summary

Homeopathic treatments, widely used in organic farming, remain unevaluated. Assessment is difficult since the individuals that respond to treatment are not identified, although it is central to the concept of homeopathic treatment. Classifying lambs into those to be treated (since they have high parasitic infection rate or poor production performances) or that should remain untreated (in other words, even when treated, they will not benefit from treatment) is not simple. The identification of lambs to be treated can be based on parasitological examinations (eggs per gram of faeces), clinical (anaemia or diarrhoea)or production-related (weight gain) results. The classification of lambs was a posteriori and based on dendrograms using UPGMA (unweighted pairwise grouping on arithmetic average) and Gower’s similarity index. Parasitological, clinical and production identifiers were used for assessing the efficacy of Teucrium marum (9 CH) on digestive-tract strongyles. There was no reduction in gastro-intestinal infection in lambs with high infection rates or poor live weight gain.

Summary translation

Le problème essentiel de l’utilisation de l’homéopathie, préconisée par le cahier des charges de l’élevage biologique, est sa validation en termes d’efficacité. Nous avons élaboré une méthodologie d’appréciation fondée sur la construction de lots sensibles et résistants d’agneaux face aux parasites gastro-intestinaux, a posteriori. La méthodologie utilisée ne permet pas de valider l’intérêt de Teucrium marum pour le parasitisme gastro-intestinal des agneaux.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:organic farming; strongyles; homeopathy; Teucrium; ovine; Famacha©; Disco; EPG; weight gain; statistics.
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Sheep and goats
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: France > INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Related Links:http://www1.montpellier.inra.fr/dinabio/
Deposited By: PENVERN, Servane
ID Code:15465
Deposited On:27 Feb 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:39
Document Language:French - Francais
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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