Wednesday, February 02, 2011
do you decide whether to pursue alternative or “Eastern” medicine such as
acupuncture and herbs? When should
these be considered instead of or in addition to “western” or allopathic
medicine? Most of the time, the
two traditions can be combined. In
emergency situations, it is always advisable to get to the emergency room right
away, although there are actually acupuncture points for emergencies. In general, most conditions can be
helped with alternative therapies.
If standard medications or therapies are not helping a pet’s condition,
or are having undesirable or harmful side effects, then alternative therapies
are recommended, either as an adjunct or as an alternative.
example, if your dog or cat has elevated liver or kidney values, and also has
difficulty getting around, then the standardly-prescribed anti-inflammatory
medications are not right for them—these can harm the kidneys and/or liver
further. Acupuncture, on the other
hand, helps mobility-related issues due to arthritis, hip dysplasia, back
problems, and other conditions, and can actually be used to help heal the
kidneys and liver at the same time.
Another example is psychoactive drugs being used in dogs, such as xanax
or prozac. Although these may help
some dogs with anxiety, most feel more vulnerable while on them, and therefore
benefit more from acupuncture and gentle herbs for calming.
common reason alternative therapies are sought are if a condition seems to
clear, but keeps coming back. A
great example of this is cystitis in cats. If you have a cat that gets bladder irritation repeatedly,
consider acupuncture and herbs to get to the root of the issue, rather than
masking symptoms with antibiotics each time it happens.