Ancient herbal knowledge and energy medicine are put to use daily to help sick pets…many pets do very well on natural medicine. Integrative Animal Hospital offers herbal medicine, the use of plants or plant derivatives with active therapeutic properties as therapeutic agents. All of us are all familiar with the benefits or reputation of some herbs. For example, Chamomile in tea is calming, and eucalyptus helps a stuffy human nose. These are just some of the thousands of herbal treatments that have been passed down from the ancient healers.
Chinese herbal medicine, or botanical medicine, is the medical use of plants or plant derivatives with active therapeutic properties. Herbal therapies have been developed for the management of almost all conditions, including epilepsy, chronic kidney failure, chronic lameness, hormonal disorders, behavioral disorders, allergic skin disease, liver failure and inflammatory bowel disease. Other herbs may simply support the normal function of healthy organs by acting as “tonics.”
Using whole plants or their extracts may produce improved outcomes and fewer side effects. Herbal therapies can help boost your pet’s immune system, relieve pain, prevent and fight infections, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth, and relieve cancer therapy side-effects. When properly prescribed and administered, they generally have fewer adverse side effects than traditional drug therapies.
At Integrative Animal Hospital herbal therapy may only be administered after an accurate assessment has been made by our properly trained, licensed veterinarian. Our comprehensive herbal treatments involve a thorough history and physical examination, followed by a patient assessment and the formulation of a treatment plan.
If you would like further information about herbal therapy and whether it would help your dog or cat, please call us and book an appointment at your earliest convenience.