What is Alternative Medicine (Alternative Veterinary Medicine)? The meaning is neither clear nor universal. However, forgetting semantics, at the AVMC, Christopher (holistic vet or alternative vet) offers a real medical alternative to mainstream veterinary services, encompassing veterinary acupuncture, veterinary homeopathy, veterinary herbal medicine, veterinary chiropractic manipulation, natural feeding and other therapies, in an attempt to stimulate the body's innate healing capability. This approach to treatment is entirely different from that employed in modern conventional medicine and it is a source of constant wonderment how competent the body is, given the correct stimulus and guidance. The result is an alternative assessment, emphasis and prognosis, although Mr Day is still open to conventional methodology, when necessary and will readily work on a case alongside a conventional vet.
Extract from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/425999.stm:
The US has the most thorough definition (of Alternative Medicine).
A recent European Commission report says the accepted definition in the US is: “A broad domain of healing resources that encompass all health systems, modalities and practices, and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period.
“It includes all such products and ideas self defined by their users as preventing or treating illness or promoting health and well-being.
“Boundaries within complimentary and alternative medicine and between complimentary and alternative medicine and the domain of the dominant system are not always sharp or fixed.”
Main Treatments offered (see Therapies):
- Homeopathic treatment
- Acupuncture treatment
- Herbal treatment (Phytotherapy)
- Aromatherapy treatment
- Chiropractic treatment
- Nutritional advice – Feeding advice
- LASER treatment
- Ultrasound treatment
- Back manipulation – Back treatment
- Bach Flowers
- Holistic medicine – Holistic veterinary medicine
- Integrated medicine – Integrated veterinary medicine
- Flower Essences
- Tissue Salts
- Holistic therapy – Holistic treatment – Holistic care
- Holistic advice
- Anthroposophical medicines – Anthroposophy
- Natural medicine – Alternative medicine – complimentary medicine
- CAM – CAVM
- Integrated medicine (Integrative medicine)
- Natural Feeding – Natural Diet
These approaches represent a philosophy that is alternative to the current conventional norm but the use of alternative therapies does not do away with the need for a thorough examination and assessment. Nor does it preclude the use of modern diagnostic techniques where necessary. A holistic vet will take into account all these things, in addition to closely scrutinizing lifestyle, diet, environment, riding, tack, shoeing, grazing, stabling, management etc., depending upon the species.
N.B.: At the AVMC, we try not to be ‘bogged down' by terminology or ideology. Much argument accompanies discussions on nomenclature. We do not mind whether we are called holistic, complimentary, alternative or natural. Likewise, it does not matter whether we are described as a holistic, natural, herbal, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture or integrated veterinary practice. The medicine we practice is the best we can offer, for each patient and it matters not whether it is perceived as holistic medicine, alternative medicine, complimentary medicine, natural medicine, complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM – CAVM) or integrated medicine. We offer traditional standards of professional care, in an integrated package. Although we specialize in alternative therapies, seeking alternatives to conventional drug therapy, we do not shun conventional therapy, per se, considering its worth in each case.
We have started to build four websites, to illustrate and explain to enquiring readers what alternatives and choices may exist, under a range of circumstances, as befits an alternative vet. Please be patient as there is a lot of work involved, so they cannot emerge quickly. These will look at most forms of complimentary and alternative medicine and will not forget worthwhile traditional techniques that have gradually slipped from the conventional repertoire, in our ‘high-tech' times.
http://www.catalternatives.co.uk – for cats
http://www.dogalternatives.co.uk – for dogs
http://www.horsealternatives.co.uk – for horses and ponies
http://www.vetalternatives.co.uk – for general veterinary procedures.
Of course, we do not pretend to suggest that the alternatives that will be mentioned on these sites are the only alternatives available. Alternative vets are looking into many different therapies, as their wish to provide the best for their patients drives them to look deeper than what modern conventional medicine can offer to as patient.