Holistic Medicine For Pets (DOC)

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					Holistic Medicine For Pets
Holistic medicine is a practice that involves all aspects of the patients
life when diagnosing and treating a particular condition. It is not a
method of treatment but rather an approach to how treatment should be
applied. Just as holistic medicine applies to humans, it can also be a
tool to treat animals and with so many people in the US using alternative
medicine, the demand for products and information on holistic
veterinarian medicine has increased.
Holistic veterinarian medicine might include treatments such as,
nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture and veterinarian
Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine has been around since the dawn of mankind when early
humans most likely learned to use healing plants from observing the
animals around them. It is a known fact that wild animals heal themselves
by eating plants that they find intuitively in their environment.
Some holistic veterinarians who have chosen herbal medicine as part of
their practice, are using traditional North American herbalism, Ayurvedic
and Chinese herbal medicine.
The Veterinary Botanical Medical Association VBMA was founded recently to
encourage interaction among veterinarians, herbalists, botanists, and
natural practitioners. They have recognized that herbs and plants have
healing powers and are capable of balancing many physical and emotional
conditions in animals and their goal is to increase the safety and
effectiveness of herbal remedies used in animals.
Acupuncture has been used in China for over 3000 years and it's still a
major form of treatment for the majority of China's population. Although
its main object has been to heal human patients, acupuncture has found a
place in veterinarian practice.
Traditional Chinese medicine states that there is an energy that flows
through the body called the CHI and this vital force runs through
channels called meridians and when this energy is blocked for any reason,
pain congestion and disease can occur.
The treatment uses the insertion of needles at specific points of the
meridians to unblock the flow of the CHI. Through acupuncture the
veterinarian can improve an animal's immune system, relieve pain and
improve organ function.
Homeopathy was discovered and developed in the early 1800's by German
physician Samuel Hannemann. The theory of homeopathy is based on the
principles of the law of similars whereas like cures like.
Homeopathic remedies are derived from plants, minerals or animal
substances and are believed to stimulate the body's own healing process.
Even though the homeopathic remedies are often extremely diluted,
homeopaths maintain that some healing force is retained by these
homeopathic preparations because they contain vibrational energy essence
of the original substance.
One of the biggest contributors to veterinary homeopathic practice is
Richard Pitcairn DVM, Phd. Dr Pitcairn is the founder of the Academy of
Veterinary Homeopathy and has written a book called "Natural Health for
Dogs and Cats".
Chiropractic adjustments can also be used to treat household pets
suffering from a number of conditions. Healing results can be achieved
through chiropractic that would not respond to more conventional
therapies. Through hands-on specific adjustments, fixated or subluxated
vertebra can be adjusted causing the body to align itself back to health
Nutritional Therapies
Last but not least, proper nutrition can be the answer to many a health
problem, often curing the condition without the need for any other
treatment. A natural diet rich in natural ingredients including vitamins
and minerals have often proved to be extremely helpful to heal sick pets
and all a cat or dog needs in order to regain its good health.
In essence, holistic pet medicine is becoming mainstream among pet owners
who seek a more natural way of living for themselves and their four
legged family members. In many cases it has proven to be more effective,
less toxic and less expensive than conventional medicine.
Resources on holistic pet medicine can be found at
Alice Flowers is a free lance writer. She is a foodie, a world traveler
and has a love for animals.
You can find holistic resources at