Recently, many people are showing interest in holistic healthcare for animals. Methods like Acupuncture and massage therapies are especially popular in the equine area.   

While traditional veterinarians generally address the symptoms of diseases, holistic practitioners focus on the animal as a whole rather than focusing on a single health issue. Animals are also emotional beings and can improve their performance with several of the alternative healthcare methods.

Many holistic methods are ancient and can be used in conjunction with modern western medicine.

Holistic Health Approach & Alternative Treatment Methods:

rebellious horsesHolistic treatment approaches emphasize boosting animal health and the immune system so that they are better equipped to fight off disease. Some of the holistic methods of treatment are listed below:

  • Naturopathy & Natural Nutrition
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure
  • Massage therapy
  • Natural Dietary Supplements

Naturopathy & Natural Nutrition:

Naturopathy and natural Nnutrition treatment methods treat illnesses with minimal side effects and risk to the animals.  Proper nutrition is vital to animals’ health and wellbeing. Naturopathy relies on natural forces to treat disease rather than chemical based medication. It’s a drugless system that uses natural forces like air, water, light, heat, massage, exercises, and so on, and treats each individual animal according to their needs. Naturopathy aims at strengthening the whole body through nutrition and gets rid of excessive toxins and prepares the body to fight illnesses naturally.

Homeopathy:

Homeopathy is a popular form of alternative treatment for humans which is now also becoming a popular method for animal healthcare. Just like naturopathy, homeopathy also uses natural, chemical-free medicines. Recently, homeopathy is becoming popular among dog and horse trainers because they are getting positive results.

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Acupuncture & Acupressure:

Acupuncture and acupressure methods rely on stimulating certain areas of the body to produce a healing response. Acupuncture and acupressure methods are widely used around the world for treating humans, either alone or in conjunction with Western medicine. Now these methods are also being used to treat illnesses in animals.

Massage therapy:

Every animal owner knows that their pets like to be stroked. Massaging and stroking your animals can calm them down and ease their pain. Message therapy for animals has similar effects. It can calm down anxious animals, improve their performance and help them to relax. An animal’s body will respond to touch similar with acupressure. It reduces swelling, muscle tension and spasms.

Natural Supplements:

puppyWe recommend that you supply as many nutrients as possible to your animals through their regular diet naturally. However, animals with special needs or performance animals often need a natural supplement along with their regular diet to boost their health and performance. If you are a livestock farmer and facing feed shortages during the grazing season, or if you are training performance animals that need extra energy and endurance, you might consider some of the natural dietary supplements that supply them with a full range of nutrition that their body needs and also to improve their immune health.

Conclusion:

A holistic approach focuses on the animal as a whole rather than just focusing on the symptoms so that they can fight illnesses naturally. A holistic approach can include some of the popular alternative methods such as acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy and natural dietary supplements. These methods are beneficial for animals when used alone or when used in conjunction with modern western medicine.

Hope these holistic methods and alternative treatment options will help you to become a better pet owner or livestock farmer. Check out our new product BioEquilizer, a 100% natural Thymic Protein Immune System Supplement for horses.  

Source: Alternative Health Concepts  

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