Kashin the Elephant
Zepter International NZ Ltd
As you are aware in late November 1999 the NZ Herald newspaper reported on our difficulties with the arthritic condition of our 31 year old Asian Elephant - Kashin. The article described how we had tried a variety of pain relief remedies with unfortunately little or no success. She has also suffered from a recurring facial sore on her right cheek
Six years ago 2 small bones were removed from the outer right forepart of the foot and this wound has never really healed due to Kashin's weight (3-3.3 tones). We trialed the B2 Bioptron light using it on both the facial sore and the feet. We are extremely happy with the results achieved to date.
As suggested the cheek sore, operation wound, and both front feet were treated twice a day for 6 - 8 minutes. Within the first week the sore on the cheek basically healed over completely and since then we are able to report a significant re-growth of underlying tissue. The operation wound is also showing that healing is taking place from within - periodic tests with cotton buds show that the wound depth has diminished.
It soon became apparent that the treatment was having a beneficial effect with regard to relieving the arthritic pain in Kashin's feet. There were significant behavioural changes with Kashin moving around a lot more freely negotiating the rocky terrain and hillsides that form part of her daily exercise regime with a lot more ease and gusto. A series of thermographs have been taken at intervals during the trial period and these have suggested that the blood flow in the arthritic area of the feet has been greatly improved. On behalf of the Zoo staff please accept our grateful thanks for introducing us to the B2 Bioptron light which has given us a practical non-invasive gentle highly effective alternative with which to treat our animals.
To explain the thermography: white represents areas of the most intense heat, followed by red, then yellow, green, blue and black. In the Before image, the area marked is very warm, indicating active inflamation and consequent pain. In the After image, the white area of intense heat is gone and the red area has shrunk considerably.
These are X-rays of Kashin's toe. In the one on the left a visible lump on the bone is present inside the red rectangle, whereas this lump has visibly decreased in the image on the right indicating decreased irritation and inflamation of the bone both of which are the result of healing.
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