What does ‘holistic’ care mean?

When most people think of holistic care and holistic healers they envision some mystic scene from a TV show — a robed practitioner with a scarf on her head, bracelets jangling surrounded in a cloud of incense waving mystic crystals around. That vision alone is enough to scare many people off from trying it themselves, let alone for their pets. This picture however is far the from the norm. The truth is integrative medicine (medicine that allows for both Western Medicine and complementary therapies) is becoming mainstream for much of the United States and leading the charge are veterinarians and people wanting more for their pets. There are even pet insurance companies now that cover acupuncture and chiropractic.

Complementary is KEY!

Acupuncture is a diagnostic and treatment tool, useful to help the care and comfort of a pet just like blood work, xrays or medications. While sometimes acupuncture stands nicely as a sole treatment, more commonly, it is best used as a complement to help adjust, reduce or enhance other therapies. Many people think of acupuncture as “airy-fairy” medicine and, while the terminology of Chinese Medicine may seem odd (Liver Wind, Damp Spleen), the research is solid to support its safe and successful use in human and veterinary medicine.

Some Definitions

Allopathic Medicine = Traditional Western medicine, “the norm.”

Holistic Medicine = COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Complementary Medicine = MEDICINE THAT INCORPORATES TREATMENTS WESTERN MEDICINE AND OTHER MODALITIES

Alternative Medicine
= MEDICINE THAT DOES NOT USE WESTERN THERAPIES AND USES OTHER MODALITIES ONLY.