The Holistic Approach

Holistic approaches can be grouped into three categories: body work (massage, chiropractic, and acupressure); nutritional support (herbs, vitamins, and nutritional supplements); and energy work (acupuncture, homeopathy, magnetic therapy, lasers, Bach flowers, infrasonic therapy, and Reiki). But the list goes on: applied kinesiology, which uses muscle testing to pinpoint allergens; NAET (another allergen identification approach); aromatherapy, osteopathy, and shiatsu (similar to acupressure); and myofascial release (massage and stretching to release tight/restricted muscle and connective tissue) are among many.

What is alternative medicine?

Alternative medicine refers to diagnostic and treatment approaches not commonly taught in depth in traditional medical/veterinary schools. These may include nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic care, and acutherapies.

Here are some suggestions for finding a holistic practitioner:

  • Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.

  • Ask at local barns.

  • Check bulletin boards at tack shops, feed stores, health food stores, natural pharmacies, and herb shops.

  • Contact holistic veterinary organizations, such as the following, to find local practitioners:

  • Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH): www.theavh.org

  • American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA): www.ahvma.org

  • American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA): www.animalchiropractic.org

  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS): www.ivas.org

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