April 1, 2013

Natural Pet: Acupuncture and Chiropractic Therapy

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Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a method that has been used for more than 4000 years in Asian cultures. The traditional theory behind acupuncture is that there is a fundamental energy in the body, Chi, which exists as Yin and Yang. Yin represents disruptive, disturbing, expanded, and negative changes; while Yang represents constructive, focusing, contracted, and positive changes.
Our Chi follows a pathway that is marked by the location of specific acupuncture points, which contain nerves and blood vessels. A skilled therapist will correct the balance of your Chi (Yin and Yang) by inserting needles onto the acupuncture points. Sound scary? Well, word on the street is that you don’t feel a thing! The insertion of needles is said to release endorphins that will decrease pain, stimulate the immune system, dilate blood vessels, and redirect energy.

Techniques of redirecting energy through points in the body may be accomplished through the use of needles (acupuncture), finger pressure (acupressure/shiatsu), the burning of mugwort near body points (moxibuston), and electric stimulation (electro-acupuncture).

Natural Pet-chriporactic-acupunctureAcupuncture is used to help the following conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • Esophageal disorders
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Heart disorders
  • Immune stimulation
  • Inflammation
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Respiratory disorders

 

Possible complications of acupuncture may include: puncturing a vital organ if the incorrect needle is used, infection at the site where a needle had been inserted, surgery if a needle breaks (due to a patient moving during treatment), and mild sedation in pets who need to relax for treatment. This might make you hesitate about the treatment, but the chances of them occurring are slim.

An acupuncturist may recommend that your pet take supplements to aid in their treatment. This is fine, but it’s best not to combine acupuncture with other holistic methods, especially homeopathy, because the treatments may interfere with each other.

In order to find a reputable acupuncturist for your pet, look for a vet who is registered through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society or the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA).

For stories about how pets have benefited from acupuncture visit Animal Wellness Center.

Chiropractic Therapy:

Chiropractors view disease as the misalignment or abnormality of the spine that interfere with nervous system (nerve impulses and blood circulation), and the normal flow of energy that creates life (known as the Chi in acupuncture). The central theory behind chiropractic therapy is that vertebral misalignments, big and small, can block the essential flow of energy through the spinal column. The misalignments put pressure onto the nerves that surround the spine and cause the spinal nerves to become inflamed (known as sublaxation). Sublaxation has the ability to affect body organs that are associated with specific nerves, and as a result impact body functions.

Chiropractic treatment involves the careful manipulation of the vertebrae to realign the spine, while focusing on the interaction between the biomechanics of the spine and mechanisms of the nervous system. Chiropractic therapy can be paired with other treatments.

Since this form of therapy has to do with the spine, a vital part of your and your pet’s everyday life, only veterinarians accredited in chiropractic treatment or chiropractors should perform direct chiropractic therapies on you and your pet.

To find a certified chiropractic practitioner visit the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association . For chiropractic success stories in pets visit Options for Animals.

Stay tuned for next week when I will explore naturopathy, herbal medicine, Bach flower remedies, and homeopathy.

 

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March 25, 2013

The Most Popular Natural Pet Treatments

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The word “holistic” is often used interchangeably with homeopathy, naturopathy, natural healing, and herbal remedies. While it is not wrong to refer to these treatments as “holistic,” the treatments don’t accurately define what holistic means.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary holistic is defined as:

“Relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts.”

While according to Dictionary.com, holistic means:

“Identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involved nutritional measures.”

Putting these definitions together and combining them with my existing knowledge, holistic means to look at one’s health as an entire system and to not treat one’s health with artificial treatments (i.e. synthetic drugs). It’s all about creating balance with one’s physical, mental, and emotional health, because an imbalance between these factors is what creates disease.

Stemming from these definitions, “holistic” cannot be considered as just homeopathy or as just herbal remedies. Rather, “holistic” encompasses many treatments that attempt to restore physical, mental, and emotional balance without the use of allopathic medicine.

Over the next two weeks I will describe the most popular holistic pet treatments to you. They are as follows:

• Acupuncture
• Chiropractic Therapy
• Naturopathy
• Herbal Medicine
• Bach Flower Remedies
• Homeopathy

 

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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.