Holistic Veterinary Medicine
Holistic Veterinary Medicine uses alternative medicine to treat medical problems and includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, cold laser therapy and food therapy. The philosophy behind this practice is empathy while using minimally invasive techniques. According to the task force for complementary and alternative veterinary medicine for the American Veterinary Medical Association all forms of veterinary medicine including a holistic approach should be held to the same standard. Therefore it should not be considered better or worse in quality, just a different or complimentary approach in the treatment of diseases. The philosophy of holistic medicine is centered on love, empathy and respect and uses techniques that take into consideration the patient’s well-being, lifestyle and stress reduction.
Dr. Mary Beth Polek is a recent graduate of the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She will often compliment your pets conventional treatments with holistic treatment. She takes the time to understand your pet’s behavior, personality, eating habits and stress level and can use these things to help with her treatment.
When you first consult with Dr. Polek about your pet, she will often have you fill out a questionnaire asking about your pet’s personality, behavior, and eating habits. She can use the answer to these questions to decide what type of personality your pet has, wood, fire, metal, earth or water. She can suggest food changes or environmental changes that could possibly help your pet.
As an alternative to traditional medications, Dr. Polek can treat your pet using herbal supplements. These supplements are made from plants and plant extracts and are used in healing many different problems that your pet may have.
Tui-Na (TNAM) is chinese manual therapy used for preventing and treating disease. Tui-Na practitioners use various manipulations applied to acupuncture points or meridians or they apply special limb-stretching movement to prevent and treat disease. Tui-Na /Medical Massage is one of five branches of traditional chinese medicines (TCM). The other four TCM braches are acupuncture, herbology, food therapy and exercise including Tai-ji and Qi-gong. It is important to note that Tui-Na is an empirical art and science that has been developed, like most of modern medicine, through practitioner experience. Tui means push, and Na means pull or lift. Tui-Na refers to pushing and lifting manipulating techniques, which are applied by a therapist.
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