The Benefits of Seeing a Holistic Veterinarian
Holistic medicine is that which considers the whole animal—body, mind and emotional wellbeing. Virtually every holistic treatment for humans exists in veterinary medicine as well. At our animal hospital in the Roanoke Valley, our holistic vets use acupuncture, homeopathic medicine and herbal therapy. These treatments have no adverse side effects and are used as a complement to traditional medicine. Generally, we use them to improve your pet’s quality of life and aid in the healing process.
Our holistic veterinarians, Dr. Todd and Dr. Graham, are certified veterinary acupuncturists, so your pet is in the best of hands for this complex and relaxing procedure. Acupuncture originated in China as a therapeutic treatment thousands of years ago. The treatment restores energy flow that has been interrupted by disease or injury. The increased energy flow improves health problems and even helps to cure them.
Acupuncture uses very fine needles that cause little or no pain, and pets generally tolerate it very well. Incorrect placement of the needles can cause pain or complications, which is why you should only have a qualified holistic vet who is certified in acupuncture perform the treatment. Luckily, we have our very own certified veterinary acupuncturists right here at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital.
Acupuncture helps treat:
- Arthritis and other degenerative diseases
- Asthma and other respiratory problems
- Dermatitis and skin issues
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Back pain
- Intervertebral disc disease
- And more
Homeopathic medicine stems from the simple idea of “like cures like.” It uses very diluted natural substances as medication that, in larger quantities, would cause symptoms of a disease or condition. The thought is that if a natural substance causes symptoms that mimic those of a disease, a minute amount of that substance could cure the disease by stimulating the body’s natural defenses.
Homeopathic remedies are derived from plants, animals and minerals and then heavily diluted in water or alcohol. Some common remedies include Arsenicum Album, Belladonna and Chamomilla.
Homeopathy helps treat:
- Skin problems
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Chronic diseases
- Respiratory problems
- And more
Similar to homeopathy, herbal therapy utilizes the power of nature, specifically plants. The main difference, however, is that herbal therapy does not prescribe to the same concept of “like cures like.” Herbal medicine acts to reduce or cure the disease or condition by counteracting it. Instead of isolating one chemical compound of a plant to use in plant-based drugs (think aspirin, derived from willow bark), herbal therapy uses all chemical components of a plant, letting them work together to treat disease.
Herbal therapy helps to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve blood flow to damaged tissue
- Provide pain relief
- Support the normal functions of the liver, kidney, and heart
- Boost the immune system
- And more