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Holistic (or Integrative) Veterinary Medicine is the examination and diagnosis of an animal, considering all aspects of the animal's life and employing all of the practitioner's senses, as well as the combination of conventional and alternative (or complementary) modalities of treatment.
What is Holistic Veterinary Medicine? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Howard Rand   

By: Dr. Howard Rand, DVM

Holistic medicine consists of treating the body as a whole; using whole herbs and complete supplements rather than single chemical sources, using a whole spectrum of treatments available rather then a single one.  Diagnostic methods and vocabulary may be used that are different than what conventional veterinarians are accustomed to, including methods used for thousands of years.  This does not mean that they are wrong, or mere superstition.  Instead, they may bring insight by offering a new way of looking at things, which can guide the veterinarian to a new treatment modality.  This is especially true of chronic diseases.

Holistic veterinary medicine is increasing in importance and use in veterinary practice.  Treatments, which were originally considered alternative, are now becoming part of mainstream medicine.  Integrative medicine often has a better answer for chronic diseases than does conventional medicine alone

 The goal of holistic medicine is to help the body heal itself, treat the whole body, not just the symptoms, and to provide solutions that are more natural, with less side effects.  Better food and exercise are part of this way of practicing. Veterinarians who practice complementary medicine generally have additional training and often, special certification in their chosen modalities.

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