A Swiss entrepreneur has turned his back on a successful family business to set up an alternative healing centre for animals.
Talking to animals is one of the unusual approaches Urs Bühler takes to put creatures – large and small – back on their feet again.
The people in the eastern village of Uzwil know Bühler as the “horse doctor”, since horses make up the majority of his patients (see video).
But the former industrialist is closer to a Swiss version of Doctor Doolittle than a horse whisperer since he treats all living things, from cats and dogs to goldfish.
“The goldfish was swimming lopsided, and I found that the imbalance was created by electrosmog coming from the water pump,” says Bühler about his smallest-ever patient.
“We used a special gadget which reduced the amount of electrosmog and cured the goldfish.”
Ask the animals
“We ask the animals what they need and what therapies they prefer, and the success rate is very high if we can find the right combination,” explains Bühler, speaking at the Health Balance centre, a modern complex he set up for treating animals three years ago.
He says the holistic healing centre is based on the belief that nature regulates life through vibrations, just as a radio transforms electromagnetic waves into sound.
The animals are treated with sound and coloured-light therapy, or placed in a structure designed to reflect the body’s own radiation, while keeping out external electromagnetic forces.
Other buildings are tiled with quartz stone, which is believed to increase the flow of positive energy.
It all started in 1992 when Bühler’s horse pulled up lame just before an important show-jumping competition.
Bühler was not satisfied with a vet’s diagnosis of arthrosis, and decided to take the horse to a homeopath.
Change in diet
The holistic healer came to the conclusion that the animal only needed to change its diet.
Bühler took her advice and after ten days, the horse was completely cured, and returned to competitive jumping for a further eight years.
“It was a revelation,” recalls Bühler. “She took care of me and my horses for about four years, but unfortunately I couldn’t find anybody to replace her when she left the profession.
“That’s when I decided to get involved.”
To heed his new calling, he stepped down as chief executive of the company his grandfather had founded, and which he had turned into a global concern, employing more than 6,000 people around the world.
The Bühler Corporation is a leader in making machines used in food processing, chemical process engineering and die-casting.
Bühler is still a member of the board but prefers to focus his energies on animals rather than the balance sheet of his family business.
As he enters one of the centre’s spacious and modern treatment halls, he talks about some of his patients.
“This horse suffered from bad legs and skin problems,” he says. “We cured it but it was brought back with a urinal disorder.
“We realised that she was probably prone to infection so we treated her with ‘bio-formation’ as its known.”
According to Bühler, bio-formation uses electronically produced vibrations to stimulate the immune system, which reduces inflammation without the need for antibiotics.
“The living being has to cure itself,” he says. “We can only provide the necessary support and appropriate surroundings.
“If I’m not successful, then it’s the fault of my testing. Either I didn’t ask the question properly or I didn’t interpret the answer correctly, because it’s amazing how accurate Mother Nature is.”
swissinfo, Michele Andina and Dale Bechtel
The Health Balance centre is located in Uzwil in canton St Gallen.
The complex consists of about a dozen structures where animals are treated.
The centre’s founder uses various healing methods, including sound and coloured-light therapy, bio-resonance, kinesiology, animal communication and massage.