Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice, Integrating complementary treatment options with traditional veterinary practice is a growing trend in veterinary medicine.
Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice
Veterinarians and clients alike have an interest in expanding treatment options to include alternative approaches such as Western and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Nano-Pharmacology, Homotoxicology, and Therapeutic Nutrition along with conventional medicine. Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice introduces and familiarizes veterinarians with the terminology and procedures of these complementary treatment modalities in a traditional clinical format that facilitates the easy integration of these methods into established veterinary practices.
The veterinary profession has made major diagnostic and therapeutic advances in the treatment of infectious and degenerative diseases. The incidence of chronic disease and cancer, however, has increased at alarming rates and is diagnosed at younger ages, even in puppies and kittens. Perhaps it is this rising incidence of degenerative diseases that has spawned an insatiable search by professionals, scientists, and animal guardians for alternative therapies. Such therapies are gentle in their action, more effective in their abilities to prevent disease, and hold the promise of true healing—a goal that modern medicine to date has only been able to control but not cure.
Within the tenets of this oath and our intent to do right for our patients, we often run into the brick wall of evidence-based rules that prohibit the expanded use of alternative therapies because there is little statistical proof that they work. While the authors of this book do not challenge this “evidence-based ﬁlter,” our 100-plus years of combined experience has shown us that these therapies are right for our patients and their companions.
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