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Simply put, Acupuncture is stimulation of special points on the body in order to evoke a desired healing effect. Techniques employed can involve dry needle technique, Aquapuncture and/or Electro-Acupuncture. Also, lacer and laser devices can be used. Like most holistic modalities, Acupuncture can be used on its own or in conjunction with conventional medicine and surgery. It can benefit any disease process including liver and kidney disease, osteoarthritis and chronic pain, hip and/or elbow dysplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, respiratory issues, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)-to name a few. Acupuncture brings forth a noticeable improvement, if not recovery, from many disease processes.
Chinese and Western Herbs
Western and Chinese herbs can be safely and effectively used in many disease states or conditions. Herbs offer a gentle approach that aid the body in healing itself. They can be used on their own or with other holistic modalities, as well as conventional medicine when necessary.
Homotoxicology / Homeopathy
Based on the theory that “like cures like”. In keeping with holistic practices, homeopathy/homotoxicology believe the body has the ability to heal itself. The remedies may be single or combinations of diluted substances most derived from plants and minerals. Unlike conventional medicine, the more diluted the form of the substance, the stronger it becomes. In other words, the “energy” and strength of the substance is magnified as the concentration of the original is diluted. I often use as an adjutant to conventional medicine with pleasing results.
Kinesiology, or Applied Kinesiology, is the use of muscle testing and therapy. It is another “tool in the toolbox”, so to speak, that I sometimes use to help choose patients treatment and individualize protocols. I have to be honest…although I am certified in this technique, my analytical mind can get in the way.. However, “muscle testing” has proved to be successful for me in choosing appropriate remedies. It is based on the body’s inherent ability via the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to aid in healing.
Nutrition & Diet
An appropriate nutritional plan and diet regimen may help the immune system function at its peak while decreasing inflammation. For example, as current research suggests, diets rich in carbohydrates (specifically those high on the glycemic index) may not be the best choices for an animal with cancer. A whole food diet with high quality protein and lots of leafy green vegetables may be more appropriate for these animals. Moreover, diets rich in omega 3 fatty acids can help decrease inflammation in the body overall, thus can benefit many, if not all disease states from osteoarthritis, kidney and liver disease to cognitive function. Therefore, a discussion of your pet’s current diet and a well thought plan, can greatly influence health and well being.
Vitamins and Nutraceuticals
Vitamin supplements and different nutraceuticals can be very helpful and aid in many disease processes. Depending on the condition, an individualized protocol may include glucosamine, chondroitin and fatty acid supplementation to B vitamins and/or supplements containing stategic amino acids.