Holistic Veterinary Treatments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an Oriental treatment which has been used for over 4,000 years to prevent and diagnose many types of disease, provide pain control and encourage the body to heal itself. Fine needles are inserted into specific points of the body that are connected with the central nervous system and that trigger a desired physiological response. The process is mostly painless, usually only with some minor discomfort as the needle passes through the skin. We use acupuncture for some major conditions, including musculoskeletal problems, chronic degenerative diseases, allergies, asthma, kidney failure or depressed immune system function. Acupuncture is a healthy alternative to conventional treatments of various anti-inflammatory agents, which are known to have major side effects, or the risks associated with surgery.

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Alpha-Stim

The Alpha-Stim is an electrical device that uses microamperes of electricity, an amount so small; most people don’t even feel it. The Alpha-Stim is based on the concept that the biophysics underlying the body’s biochemistry plays a significant role in regulating all of life’s processes.

The Alpha-Stim works by moving electrons through the body and brain at a variety of frequencies, a process which normalizes the electrical activity of the nervous system and brain. It appears that the Alpha-Stim microcurrent waveform activates particular groups of nerve cells and changes their electrical and chemical activity. The neurological mechanisms that are occurring appear to decrease stress-effects, reduce agitation and stabilize mood, and control both sensations and perceptions of particular types of pain.

These effects can be produced after a single treatment, and repeated treatments have been shown to increase the relative strength and duration of these effects. In some cases, effects have been stable and permanent, suggesting that the electrical and chemical changes evoked by Alpha-Stim have led to a durable re-tuning back to normal function.

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Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flowers varieties were discovered in the early 1920s and initially researched by British healer Dr. Edward Bach.

Bach flowers are mainly used for emotional and psychosomatic conditions including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Bach flowers can even treat even organic disease via the mind and emotions.

The flowers are gentle, effective, typically have no side-effects, and are well-suited to the intuitive nature of animals. The only real difficulty is in determining the relevant emotion or mental state of the patient in order to select the appropriate remedy.

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Biologically Appropriate Raw Food

The Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (B.A.R.F.) diet is about feeding dogs and cats the diet they evolved to eat over millions of years of genetic adaptation: muscle and organ meat, raw meaty bones, whole eggs, and crushed non-starchy vegetables.

Dogs and cats in the wild eat almost no grains, ingesting only a small quantity of the stomach contents of their herbivore prey. Commercial pet foods are processed foods mainly based on grain and starch. Even the so-called ‘healthier’ brands tend to be full of chemicals and poor ingredients and are NOT adequate.

Dogs and cats fed a common, commercial diet are increasingly plagued with degenerative diseases such as allergies, infections, diabetes, hormonal imbalances and cancer. Our pets are not living longer but it does take them longer to die. Returning to a more natural, vital and logical diet will help restore your pet’s health and will prevent many health problems.

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Chinese Herbology

Chinese Herbology is the Chinese art of combining medicinal herbs and is utilized in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Each herbal medicine prescription is a cocktail of many herbs tailored specifically to the individual patient and the illness, and can be given in pill, tablet, and capsule, granular or raw form. Chinese herbs are used for a large variety of medical problems and diseases including behavioral disorders such as fear, anxiety, depression and anger. The balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients. Where conventional medicine focuses on the symptoms, Chinese Herbology supports the body in its self-healing. Herbal formulas seem to work by targeting the individual patient’s condition while nurturing, soothing and balancing the diseased organs, thus allowing them to heal.

Herbs (Western)

Western Herbs are medicinal herbs utilized in Western medicine. Each herb specifically targets one or more symptoms. Western herbs can be given individually or as a combination and is usually dispensed in capsule, granular or liquid form.

We use a variety of Western Herbs for a large variety of medical problems and diseases. Some examples include: Echinacea, Calendula, Astragalus, Milk Thistle, Arnica, Goldenseal, Olive oil, Aloe, Alfalfa, Licorice, Dandelion, and Slippery Elm Bark.

While conventional medicine focuses on the symptoms, Western Herbology supports the body in healing itself. Herbal formulas seem to work by targeting the individual patient’s condition while nurturing, soothing, and balancing diseased organs, thus allowing them to heal.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a scientific medical practice that dates back at least to Hippocrates’ time and treats the patient as a whole mind and body unit, rather than the disease a body is carrying. Homeopathy follows the principal of the similar: a remedy can cure a sick person or animal only if it can cause a similar sickness in a healthy person. Homeopathy manipulates the body’s energy and will therefore stimulate self-healing in the patient rather than suppress the body’s natural reactions. Symptoms often tend to get worse for a little while before they get better since the body is readjusting and fighting off the causes of disease. Homeopathic remedies are composed of completely safe, diluted, natural substances that have no unwanted side-effects and are non-addictive. If the wrong remedy is given, the body will harmlessly eliminate it without any reaction.

More information on Homeopathy can be found at: http://homeopathic.org

Laser Therapy

Cold Laser therapy uses light therapy to act on inflammation by stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation.  Some of the most common indications for laser therapy are arthritis, pain, trauma, wounds, and inflammatory conditions.

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage is a hands-on form of stimulation for muscles and tissues that can help alleviate sore joints, muscle stiffness, and prevent or treat disease. Several basic massage strokes are generally used in combination on pets including: gentle kneading of skin and muscles, fast strokes with the balls of the fingers or hands, movement of the skin in small circles, or stretching of the skin. We also use Chinese manual therapies such as Acupressure, which applies pressure to various points on the body, and Tui-na Massage, a variety of limb-stretching movements. Massage stimulates the lymphatic system and blood circulation, helping remove toxins from tissues and supplying nutrients so that proper healing may occur, and can help to increase trust in cases of behavioral problems. Massage is extremely valuable in helping make an early diagnosis if the pet has potential health problems, such as a sudden painful area or a lump. Regular massage therapy will enhance your animal’s health, quality of life, general well-being, and immune system. Massage is quite complementary to chiropractic and acupuncture treatment.

Neoplasene

Neoplasene is a medicine formulated by Dr. Terence Fox of Buck Mountain Botanicals that recognizes and kills cancer cells and other rapidly growing tissue. It is mainly made up of alkaloids found in the bloodroot plant, Sanguinaria Canadensis. Neoplasene exists as a topical ointment as well as a fluid injection.

Conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation tend to have side effects, e.g. vomiting, mouth sores, insomnia, bone marrow depression, as well as organ-specific side effects. Anticancer drugs destroy cancer cells by stopping them from growing or multiplying. Healthy cells can also be harmed, especially those that divide quickly. Harm to healthy cells is what causes side effects.

While conventional cancer treatments may indiscriminately attack all the body’s rapidly dividing cells to destroy the cancerous ones, Neoplasene is more selective, and in some cases it will distinguish between diseased and healthy tissue, killing diseased tissue, and leaving healthy tissue unharmed.

Not all tumors are appropriate for treatment with Neoplasene.  We are happy to discuss Neoplasene treatment options with you.

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Network Chiropractic

Traumatic emotional or physical events can be stored in the physical body. These can manifest as “stuck” areas of the spine. Network chiropractic is a gentle method of adjusting misaligned vertebrae back into place or relieving the tension on the vertebrae so that the bones move back into alignment of their own accord.

Network chiropractic can decrease pain, increase energy, and assist with a variety of physical injuries. It is particularly beneficial for animals that were abused or have other fear/emotional issues because it allows the brain-spinal cord-body to communicate more effectively with one another. Network Chiropractic can help individuals become better able to adapt to their environment and free themselves from unhealthy patterns in which they were “stuck”.

Whether the underlying causes are physical, emotional, or a combination of both, Network spinal care provides effective and lasting changes using only the amount of force necessary.

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Osteopathy

The word osteopathy, derived from the Greek words OSTEON (tissue) and PATHOS (feeling), esentially means “feeling the motion of the tissues.”  It is a non-invasive, hands-on approach that encourages the body to heal itself by using the body’s instrinsic forces and corrective mechanisms to achieve homeostasis. Osteopathy views the body as a functional and holistic unit. Practitioners of osteopathy believe that the body knows what is best of itself and what treatments should be aimed at strengthening the body’s own defense mechanisms rather than suppressing symptoms of disease.

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Ozone Therapy

Ozone is like a super potent form of oxygen. Extensively utilized and studied abroad, medical ozone therapy has been around for over 100 years.

The work of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg showed that oxygen deficit is the underlying factor in the development and progression of all disease. Ozone therapy can: inactivate bacteria, viruses, and fungi; enhance circulation; activate the immune system; break down pollutants in the body; stimulate the body’s protective enzyme systems; clean wastes from the body; and activate energy production. Ozone dramatically increases the effects of most hormones, drugs, vitamins, and herbs. Conditions that respond very well to ozone therapy include: infections, tumors/cancers, circulation disturbances, Cushing’s disease, and other hormonal abnormalities.

Ozone therapy has consistently been demonstrated to be safe and free of side effects when administered by a properly trained medical professional. Very effective for a wide variety of disease conditions, ozone therapy can be administered intravenously, topically, by inhalation, rectally, or by surrounding the area to be treated with a specially designed bag filled with ozone.

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Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy, also known as nonsurgical ligament reconstruction, is a natural treatment for chronic pain. A version of prolotherapy was first used by Hippocrates to treat soldiers with dislocated, torn shoulder joints. The treatment causes the growth and formation (proliferation) of new ligament tissue in weakened areas.

Natural substances such as dextrose (sugar water), glycerin, and phenol are injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone, causing localized inflammation. Inflammation of weakened areas then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients, stimulating the tissue to repair itself.

Prolotherapy is a useful treatment for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including: arthritis; back pain; neck pain; chronic tendonitis; partially torn tendons, ligaments, and cartilage; degenerated or herniated discs; and sciatica.

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QiGong

Qigong is an ancient Chinese methodology for health, therapy, and longevity. Qigong has a 3,000 year history in China. It is believed that Qigong was gradually developed as people struggled to survive in ancient China and the techniques were refined and passed down over generations. By combining certain body movements, various ways of breathing, and mental concentration, certain body functions could be greatly improved.

We mainly use External Qi Healing. The healer taps into a well of healing energy in nature and “funnels” it through his or her body. External Qi Healing techniques may be used as a stand alone form of wellness treatment or may be combined with massage, acupuncture, Therapeutic Touch, chiropractic, or any other form of body work.

Treatment is generally performed at a distance from the body while the healer holds their hands a few inches above the patient’s body to assess the health and balance of chi. Specific therapeutic passes are used to increase energy, disperse stagnation, or reduce pain.

Reiki

The word Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is Japanese for universal life-force energy. Reiki is a light-touch, energy-based treatment which works as a support mechanism to the body by re-establishing a normal energy flow of Chi (life force energy) throughout the system–enhancing and accelerating the body’s own healing ability. Patients who receive Reiki are less emotional, less anxious, more relaxed, have more vitality, less or no pain, a lessening of allergy symptoms, and more ease of movement. Reiki energy works without harmful side effects and is a wonderful compliment to many other medical treatments. It affects the whole patient – mind, body, and spirit.

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Shamanic Energy Healing

Shamanism can be defined as a family of traditions whose practitioners voluntarily enter altered states of consciousness, where they experience themselves or their spirit[s] traveling to other realms and interacting with other entities to serve their communities.

Traditional beliefs are applied to spiritual healing, which may have an impact on the emotional/mental and physical aspects [bodies] of the individual as well. Shamanic traditions differ from culture to culture, leading to speculation that these traditions have an single source.

The shamanic journey is the most common practice of the traditions. Shamanic journeys are used to diagnose or treat illness as well as to acquire power through the interaction with spirits , i.e., power animals, spiritual teachers and angels. It is vital that the Shaman maintain a relationship with their spiritual helpers so they can receive instruction and information on helping the patient. For more information see the Shamanic Healing Institute.

Tui-na Massage

Tui-na is a Chinese hands-on-body treatment often used in conjunction with acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help the body remove blockages while stimulating energy and blood flow to promote healing. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub areas to get the energy moving in both meridians and muscles.

In Tui-na, the practitioner uses range of motion, traction, and massage, along with stimulating acupressure points to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Tui-na has been used to treat or complement the treatment of many conditions such as musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Tui-na is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) which has been used extensively in China for over 2,000 years. Tui-na has fewer side effects than modern drug-based and chemical-based treatments. Tui-na is a therapeutic method employed to prevent disease.