Holistic care is based on using your body’s own natural healing powers to help the body heal itself.
The four main therapies used to do so are:
• Acupuncture – the insertion of needles at specific body points in an effort to restore the flow of energy to the body.
• Chiropractic – the manipulation of the vertebrae to correct alignment.
• Homeopathic – A system for treating disease based on the administration of minute doses of a drug that in massive amounts produces symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the
• Herbal medicine – the use of specific herbs and plants for medicinal purposes.
Most of us have used Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Herbs, Homeopathy, or Nutritional Supplement on ourselves, but most people do not considered “holistic” medicine or these modalities to treat their pets. The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Board) does not currently recognize all modalities as effective, but this does not imply that Holistic modalities are not effective. They are best used in conjunction with regular Western veterinary medicine.
Your pets can also benefit by eating healthier foods and finding the right medical care when needed. Medical care can be with a regular veterinarian or a holistic veterinarian. For example, acupuncture can be used to relieve pain and strengthen the body’s immune system; herbal medicines can enhance nutrition,
improve body synergy, and homeopathy can treat the deepest innate causes of your pet’s diseases.
“Did you know that “holistic” medicine is a term used to encompass all of the different medical modalities?
When holistic medicine modalities are used in conjunction with Western medicine modalities, all of these “tools” create a complete toolbox with which a trained veterinarian may more fully serve the pet and owner. For instance, Acupuncture by itself is only one part of holistic medicine — one branch, one theory of medicine, one tool in the complete toolbox of Veterinarian Holistic health care.”
Which modality is best?
No one modality is best, sometimes you need to use multiple tools to be most effective.
Why choose holistic veterinary care?
While most Western medical approaches may work for infectious diseases, holistic medicine uses preventative measures by treating the whole body. Holistic veterinary care is much more effective when treating chronic illnesses like heart disease, obesity, allergies, digestive problems, joint pain, emotional
imbalances, cancer support and dental health. Western medicine is and can be helpful too. For emergency situations requiring surgery, for example, Western medicine can save a pet’s life. In addition, holistic veterinarians also integrate Western diagnostic methods in their care regimen, such as X-rays and laboratory tests.
What to look for in a holistic practitioner?
A good holistic practitioner must have a thorough working knowledge of traditional medicine, certifications for each tool and demonstrate a good education in each of these different modalities. They should have a network of experienced practitioners helping advance their knowledge base, such as
local acupuncturists, chiropractors or other holistic vets upon whom they can call for advice. They must be able to work with your existing traditional veterinarian to maximize your pet’s ability to heal. A holistic veterinarian must welcome the traditional expertise and integrate with them to optimize your pet’s ability to heal. A fully trained “holistic” veterinarian will have acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, Western or allopathic, aryvedic, massage, physical therapy, and aromatherapy tools available all in one practice.
Does holistic therapy cost more?
Medical treatments can get expensive, but some holistic approaches offer cheaper and equally effective results. Because herbs and nutritional supplements can’t be patented, the holistic
veterinarian can offer a wider array of remedies. This can make a significant difference, especially in chronic illness cases.
Where do I find out more information about holistic medicine?
Pet owners can conduct a free search for holistic veterinarians by state or specialty at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s website. How to find one –
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By Sarah Zumhofe