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More on Naturopathic Care

There are many forms of natural animal therapy. According to Gina McCulloch, D.C., cats, dogs, equine in general and other animals can easily benefit from this form of treatment. The purpose is to boost the body’s innate healing process and therefore, reduces the need for drugs or surgery.

The type of remedy used is, as the name says, natural. However, this isn’t limited only to aromatherapy and acupuncture. Many more ways to restore the inner body’s natural harmony and balance with the outer world exist.

Naturopaths work with the belief that if you get a symptom, the idea is not to treat what we see, but to dig deep and find the source of the issue. This could very well be medical, but it could also come from psychological and emotional disturbances. The traditional medical field focuses mainly on treating the symptoms, which is often the reason why people lapse.

Furthermore, naturopaths prefer examining the entire body to ensure they have covered every aspect of a person; for example, they will go so far as to ask you how you are doing with your parents even if all you have is a nose bleed. For them, the human machine is extremely complex and should not be divided into pieces, as the medical faculty often does mistakenly. Isolating bits and parts only means that you are analyzing the ‘sick’ area, and might be missing the real issue. Another example that is more common is how a person who has heart problems will generally feel pain in the left arm. This is caused by the fact that a major artery runs from the heart into the left arm, and if doctors were to focus only on trying to heal the arm, they would completely miss the point. Thank goodness they are not that near-sighted, but they do often forget that humans and animals are a very complex body of intertwined systems that cannot be separated like a puzzle.

With that in mind, naturopaths who treat animals will work with stimuli and environment to begin the healing of the ‘dis-ease’ your pet could have. These include, but are not limited to, massage, manipulation, homeopathy, flower extracts (or essential oils), herbal medicine, and water, light, air and heat therapies. Basically, any naturopathic care that is available for humans is also good for pets.

And as I have mentioned in another blog post, nutrition is a key element in the body’s ability to heal itself. No matter which animal it is, the owner needs to understand what an animal eats when it is or was in the wild to ensure they are giving proper feeding. The actual living environment is also important, as well as good exercise, rest and relaxation.

Some of the ailments or ‘dis-ease’ that naturopathy helps to heal are, amongst others, arthritis, digestive disorders, internal health problems, metabolic disorders imbalances, reproductive problems, and skin problems.

 

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  1. naturegirl
    As a footnote, I would like to add that although this is an excellent form of healing, it does not fully replace veterinary care, or could be used as a complement. However, I definitely advocate visiting a naturopath before a vet in cases where you don't absolutely require surgery or special treatment, such as when your animal has a broken bone.
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  2. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    Very good points. I think sometimes we too often rely on what one vet says, or even 2 & if we are astute, ask questions about both disease & medicines, we possibly could avoid using so many chemicals that aren't good in the first place. Voted. :)
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    1. jst4horses
      One thing I have noticed is that the more stalled, blanketed, un-natural a horse lives, the more problems. I used to be the stall, blanket, every good thing for my horses, and worked in stables where the million dollar horses ALL had to have it all for their owners to justify the thousands of dollars a month of bills and entry fees. Then I retired, took my horses out to pasture, and began to realize how much better off they are out in the open air. They might look muddy and bumpy, but SWAT, or BluCoat, or a vet creme and no bandaging often heals a lot faster, with less scarring and no hair discoloration than I have seen in stalled horse injuries. Out to pasture might be a good thing sometimes as a natural remedy for many of a horse's problems.
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  3. jst4horses
    join up relieves many immune disease problems I have noticed over thirty years of natural horsemanship. The psychology of join up allows a horse to exhale and let you have the stress of life. I have noticed it really makes horses healthier. Yesterday I was watching a trainer with a horse that has a very stressed life as a race horse, then young owners who really never did anything but fling themselves up and gallop here and there and everywhere, and then as a program horse for a program that just put kids up and let them survive, or not on a horse dashing here, there and everywhere at top speed. She had trained the horse down, but using tie downs, and some pretty nasty looking hackimore things with plastic coated wire, and a chain something or other. When he had joined up she was completely overwhelmed. He walked around after her, doing the exercises, and in just that one single join up, began to trust her. He walked, rather than bolted out the gate, into his stall, and waited quietly while being unsaddled and washed down, not his usual frenetic horrible dance and kick routine. And yet, my oldest horse, at forty, has either gotten senile, or just decided he is so old I will not make him do anything, so he does what he wants to. Join up or not for many decades. He still does what I want if I insist, but he lets me know it is because he wants to now, not because I made him:)
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