Just because something isn't mainstream, doesn't mean it is isn't effective. We have found the exact opposite to be true. For example ozone-based therapy has been used to successfully treat common eye disorders including conjunctivitis, keratoconjunctivitis and corneal ulcers with ozone-based eye drops.
"The use of ozone, a molecule stabilized fo topical use as an ozonide, could be providential due to its anti-inflammatory and bactericidal activity in certain anterior segment pathologies, n addition to promoting tissue repair properties."
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In humans, Dr. David R. Hamilton PhD wrote a book titled, "Why Woo Woo Works," which explains the science and spirituality behind alternative practices including meditation, reiki, crystals and other alternative practices and explores the science behind the physical, emotional, energetic and consciousness healing that is typically attained from these practices.
I believe the same to be true for our dogs too. Homeopathy, acupuncture, water therapy, crystals...all of it is has incredible healing powers.
With Sheldon, I.regularly use homeopathy and acupuncture to optimize his health. For a 9-year-old English Bulldog that has been way over-vaccinated and over-medicated during his formative years, I know these alternative practices are helping him thrive and allowing him to be with us still, despite what happened to him during his formative years.