This question was asked by Jodie on Facebook: Where does the natural therapies for animals fit in with traditional medicine?
This question raises a very interesting set of questions that often creates confusion for the consumer so a big thank you for the question as it offers me an opportunity to discuss a subject that I am passionate about.
The first thing we have to decipher is what is meant by the common names that are often used to identify the various fields of medicine. There are 2 key terms; natural therapies and traditional medicine. Natural medicine and natural therapies for animals identifies the field of medicines that uses organic medicines such as herbal medicine and nutritionals and therapies such as massage.
The trilogy of natural medicine and therapies are:
2. Herbal medicine
The term traditional medicine is often used to identify natural medicine, traditionally used by certain cultures. An example would be Chinese Medicine that has many traditions attached to it. Another example would be Ayurvedic or Indian medicine.
Modern medicine such as veterinary that uses surgical and pharmaceutical drug interventions is perhaps what the question above is eluding to. The answer to the question ‘where does the natural therapies for animals fit with modern medicine’? is and should be very clear. It actually fits very well as no one field of medicine has all the answers and the combination of both affords the animal under the care of a natural medicine practitioner and a veterinarian the very best opportunity to achieve a positive outcome.
For further explanation we look at the way a natural medicine practitioner is trained. With all presentations the practitioner would ensure there has been an accurate diagnosis from a veterinarian. Once that is determined the foundation of natural medicine is to work within the Wholistic paradigm, treating the whole rather than isolated parts. Blood cleansing and nutrition are considered at all times to aid recovery. This can be conducted in tandem with the treatments offered by the veterinarian. The blend of the both fields of medicine offers the best opportunity to recover.
In many cases surgical intervention is necessary yet natural medicine can offer support to the healing process. So the answer is that both fields fit beautifully. Conslyleanamonth . Evidence to support this comes from the many veterinarians who now employ natural medicine practitioners or who have vet nurses on staff trained in natural medicine. Their practices are very busy as the consumer seeks out the combination of modern medicine and the wonders of the natural methods that has supported humans and animals for more than 60.000 years.
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Thanks again for the question!
Dr Sandi Rogers