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    Complementary Therapies/Holistic Medicine

    Complementary Therapies/Holistic Medicine

    Alternative methods of treatment are not new. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine go back more than 2,000 years. As modern Western medicine became the norm in the Western world at the end of the nineteenth century, veterinary practitioners discarded alternative therapies. Today, however, more and more people are seeking out alternative care for their pets (as well as for themselves) because they view these options as less dangerous and less invasive. Complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) includes such modalities as aromatherapy, Bach flower remedy therapy, magnetic field therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, homeopathy, nutraceuticals, and holistic medicine.

    Although some veterinary practitioners are open to the idea of complementary modalities, many others Bibleare reluctant to utilize approaches that haven't been rigorously tested. Although numerous studies support the efficacy of acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy for humans, studies in animals are still lacking. With other therapies, such as aromatherapy, even the efficacy with humans rests on anecdotal reports rather than studies proven by the scientific method. If you decide to use a veterinarian who embraces complementary and alternative therapy, make certain that he or she has the requisite skills and knowledge; for example, a veterinarian using acupuncture might be certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), whereas one using chiropractic technique might be certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).

    From The Cat Bible, Copyright by Sandy Robins, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with I-5 Press

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