We use natural therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutritional therapies, alone or in conjunction with standard drugs and treatments, to give chronically ill patients a new lease on life.
Conditions such as arthritic paralysis from disk disease, asthma, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, and immune-mediated diseases can be successfully treated with holistic natural therapies.
Holistic therapies are fully integrated with all standard procedures. For instance, an animal affected with paralysis from disk disease may be hospitalized and could receive acupuncture treatment or a homeopathic remedy in addition to the standard treatments. However, no treatment of any kind will be initiated without the owner’s explicit consent.
Our practice also offers holistically alternative vaccination protocols for those who which to pursue that methodology.
For more information, please see Dr. Moncayo’s discussion of the integration of conventional and natural medicine: a holistic approach to veterinary medicine.
Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 4000 years. Its use in animals goes back at least 2000 years. Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique of what the west has defined as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In animal medicine, we use the term Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). Acupuncture is to TCVM what surgery is to western medicine. In modern western medicine, the application of surgery is the result of a thorough diagnosis and analysis of a case. Similarly, the application of acupuncture is the result of a thorough TCVM diagnosis.
Simply put, TCVM is based on the concept of Qi. Qi [pronounced chee] is the life force that makes cells and organs work. Qi flows through every part of the body, moving the machinery. Just like rain that wets and permeates the soil but finds paths and forms streams running downhill, Qi finds channels in the body where it runs with higher intensity. The channels are also known as meridians. The organs depend on Qi for their functioning, and their functioning affects the Qi that flows to other organs. Each organ is connected to a pair of channels which feed into other pairs of channels connected to another organ.
Thus, in TCVM the organism is seen as a network of organs interconnected by channels with Qi circulating through. In the healthy organism, Qi flows unobstructedly; all organs are working in tandem, taking from and passing sufficient Qi to other organs, to maintain the balance. However, because of environmental forces (food, climate, social interactions, microbes, etc), an organ or a channel may be affected and thrown off balance; eventually, all of the organs and channels will be affected.
A TCVM diagnosis is a definition of the type of malfunction that is occurring, and of the primary organs involved. Even when looking at a problem that may seem entirely local, such as a damaged spinal disc or an arthritic joint, one must detect the type of malfunction in the primary channels affected, as well as in the related organ and any other organs and channels that may be affected.
The TCVM diagnosis defines the point formula used, i.e., the combination of places where the needles are placed. Age and medical history are also essential for a successful and safe treatment because certain points or point formulas best suit certain cases and should be avoided in others (some points cannot be used in pregnant animals; some point formulas must be avoided in older patients that may have cardiac problems). The effect of other drugs that the animal is taking must also be considered because drugs affect organs selectively in a way determined by the patient’s constitution (genetic makeup).
Acupuncture is a complex and powerful method of medicine that is extremely effective in animals when used with the foundations of TCVM. Acupuncture is used all over the world, either by itself or in conjunction with standard medicine, to treat a wide variety of maladies in animals. Acupuncture is indicated mainly for problems that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammations, urinary problems, and pain.
Primary indications are:
- Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis or vertebral disk pathology, paralysis,
- Chronic Diarrhea (Irritable Bowel)
- Neurological deficits (paralysis, hind end weakness, urinary incontinence, etc.)
- Geriatric Issues (Acupuncture helps to stabilize aging animals, helping to control senile behaviour)
- Prevention of Injury (Acupuncture prevents injuries in working and sporting dogs)
The exact mechanism of action of homeopathic medicines, regarding current physiology, has not been established; however, it is generally postulated that homeopathic medicines act using a combination of actions on enzymes and regulatory genes.
Animals have an inherent ability to heal themselves. Their genes (genome) contain all of the information required to reconstruct all of the normal structures (tissues, organs) and functions (e.g., metabolic pathways) of the organism. When an animal falls ill, the organism initiates a regeneration process to repair any damage caused by the disease. Very ill animals in general and chronically ill animals, in particular, have impaired repairing mechanisms.
Every animal is unique because it has a unique genetic makeup and a unique environmental history. Therefore, it responds to disease and injuries uniquely. On the surface, two animals afflicted with a disease, say epilepsy, have the same clinical signs, namely convulsions. However, if we investigate carefully, we will notice differences in the way the convulsions occur. One may have convulsions occurring predominantly at night, the other early in the morning. Similarly, a cat with asthma may hide when having an attack while another may become cuddly and stick around people. We can get to very high levels of resolution by noticing the unique location and colour of lesions, response to weather and to the social environment. With this analysis, a unique picture of the ill animal emerges. The unique characteristics of the disease as it appears in a particular animal are an expression of a unique pattern of blocked genes and enzymes induced by the disease itself.
It follows that for the animal to fight the disease, his inactive genes and enzymes need to be reactivated. Whereas a sick animal has a pattern of inactive genes and enzymes that is different from any other animal that has a similar disease, the treatment must be designed specifically for the individual patient.
Medicines can inhibit function at a high dose and stimulate function at a low dose (or high dilutions). In a homeopathic drug trial (known as proving), medicine is given in high and repeated doses until it causes signs and symptoms (associated with gene and enzyme inhibition). The signs and symptoms and pattern of gene and enzyme inhibition are unique to the medicine. If the same medicine is given at a high dilution (as they are manufactured for homeopathic use) to an animal presenting a pattern of signs and symptoms similar to the pattern induced by the medicine in the homeopathic drug trial, the signs and symptoms of the sick animal are reverted (genes and enzymes are reactivated). This is called Homeopathy, or ‘cure with similars.’
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