When you're enjoying your pet, do you think of him as a tail attached to a body, or as ears attached to the head? More likely you experience the whole essence and energy of your friend and his effect on your energy. To merely look at a small part of your pet can be like the blind men examining the elephant; the man feeling the leg thinks it's a tree, the one feeling the trunk thinks it's a snake! Both men are mistaken!
In Holistic Medicine, more accurately spelled "wholistic", the basic idea is to look at the "whole" person or the "whole" animal, instead of focusing only on individual parts or systems. As medical care has become more specialized, the trend has been to move toward looking at each part of the body in more and more detail, many times losing sight of the big picture, losing sight of the underlying causes of problems. Wholistic philosophy believes that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Wholistic Medicine considers good health to be a balance among the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of life.
Wholistic veterinary practice is a blend of "alternative or complementary" approaches and if needed, "conventional" approaches, in an effort to develop a Integrative system of therapies. In fact the word "Integrative Medicine" may be a better word than "Wholistic Medicine" for this discussion.
Why do we seek Integrative methods? We seek them because most of the allopathic (drug therapy) approaches are directing their effects against the symptoms, rather than working with the body to assist its efforts.
Wholistic medicine involves the use of therapies that are least suppressive and most supportive to the patient. The therapies used in my practice include basic nutrition, nutritional therapy, glandulars, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and homeopathy (homotoxicology). These therapies can be used with or without more conventional drug and surgical approaches. Wholistic therapies are valuable weapons in the treatment of disease and are complementary to many drug and surgical treatments. Major benefits are the reduced risk of harmful side-effects of drugs and their effectiveness in patients who are resistant or too sensitive for conventional treatment.
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