Holistic Veterinarian Services
What are Holistic Veterinarian Services?
My exploration of acupuncture and chiropractic practice was born from my dissatisfaction with traditional veterinary practice. I found it did not always improve my patient’s conditions leading me further afield to explore alternative therapies. I graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. I worked exclusively on night duties caring for the inpatients, particularly the intensive care stables of a large equine clinic, involving both post-surgical care as well as conservative treatment.
Julia’s Holistic Veterinary Experience
I gained extensive experience in general equine practice where my caseload was predominately first opinion ambulatory work. In 2008 I commenced my holistic journey and soon launched my own practice. Since then I have gained various certifications in several pillars of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and western complementary methods.
What does Holistic Veterinary Services do?
Holistic Veterinarian Services considers all aspects of the pet’s life. This includes an understanding of the physical well-being, social behaviour, diet, emotional stresses and environment. Holistic medicine is gentle, minimally-invasive and targets to treat the source of the imbalances and not only the symptoms. It increases quality of life by taking into account all the individual requirements that allow for self-healing and strengthen the body to its full potential.
How is Holistic Treatments determined?
Holistic treatment and recommendations are based on a comprehensive physical examination and history of your animal. Your pet will receive acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and exercise recommendation where needed. To me it is really important that I cater for the individual needs and pattern and include all aspects of the patient’s wellbeing. My aim is to provide your pet with a longer and happier life.
What holistic services do Chirovet provide?
At Chirovet we offer a wide range of holistic services which include:
- Classical Acupuncture
- Laser Acupuncture
- Herbal Therapies
- Food Therapy
- Essential Oil Therapy
- Tui-na (Medical Massage)
- Medical Mushroom Therapy
Traditional Chinese Medicine perceives illness as being triggered by disturbances in an organism’s energy balance. The purpose of acupuncture is to determine and relieve these imbalances and energy hindrances, thus promote healing. No distinction is drawn between physical and psychological conditions; rather diagnosis is based on both modules as a whole.
Acupuncture is a treatment that involves inserting fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points of the body to induce a healing reaction. The treatment evolved over 3000 years ago in China and it is now widely used in veterinary and medical practices throughout the world. In veterinary medicine acupuncture is increasingly being recognised as a useful treatment for a wide variety of disorders.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is another outlet of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In fact, approximately 80% of all traditional Chinese medical patients are treated with herbs whilst only 20% are treated solely with acupuncture or other manual therapies. Chinese Herbal Medicine has ancient roots in China.
Chinese herbal formulas are typically composed of 8-12 substances, ranging from plants and minerals to animal parts and insects. In our preparations we do not use animal products. Law prohibits the inclusion of endangered species or pharmaceutical drugs in any formula. These herbal formulas are specifically created in a balanced manner with each herb or substance providing either a direct therapeutic action or a balancing outcome. Pharmaceutical drugs are highly refined down to a precise chemical that produces the desired result of the medication. This leads to an extensive list of the potential side effects.
Balancing diverse herbs in the traditional formulas creates a product that produces fewer side effects when paralleled to pharmaceutical drugs and caters exactly to the patients need and pattern. The herbal ingredients work in a synergistic method.
Herbal medicine is used in China to treat almost any condition which could be treated with Western pharmaceutical drugs. Commonly, herbal medicines are combined with acupuncture, food therapies, and lifestyle changes to promote healing, resulting in a truly holistic approach.
Strict protocol is essential for Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM). All raw material and herbal products must comply with the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). GMP certification ensures that methods employed in the production of the herbs have been subject to a robust quality control investigation and are certified as complaint. Examinations for moisture content, dissolution, heavy metals (lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium) and microbial content are executed on every batch of finished product.
We are able to treat all animals although we find horses, dogs and cats are our most regular clients. Other animals we have treated include, pigs, cattle, sheep, chicken, rabbits, rats and ferrets.
What are the benefits of holistic services for animals?
Holistic medicine will provide you with a means to look at your animal as one system and not just a symptom. We are able to assess why disease is occurring and not just to treat one item. Complementary medicine looks the root of the problem, not just the branch. Mapping out the whole picture enables us to see where weaknesses are present, therefore addressing the underlying cause for changes happening within the body. Holistic medicine balances the body, it nourishes, tonifies and moves stagnation.