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Alternative Medicine – What is Scientific and Proven?

It’s time for conventional medical experts to prove the science behind their medicine by demonstrating successful, nontoxic, and affordable patient outcomes.

It’s time to revisit the scientific method to deal with the complexities of alternative treatments.

The U.S. government has belatedly confirmed a fact that millions of Americans have known personally for decades – acupuncture works. A 12-member panel of “experts” informed the National Institutes of Health (NIH), its sponsor, that acupuncture is “clearly effective” for treating certain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, pain following dental surgery, nausea during pregnancy, and nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.

The panel was less persuaded that acupuncture is appropriate as the sole treatment for headaches, asthma, addiction, menstrual cramps, and others.

The NIH panel said that, “there are a number of cases” where acupuncture works. Since the treatment has fewer side effects and is less invasive than conventional treatments, “it is time to take it seriously” and “expand its use into conventional medicine.”

These developments are naturally welcome, and the field of alternative medicine should, be pleased with this progressive step.

But underlying the NIH’s endorsement and qualified “legitimization” of acupuncture is a deeper issue that must come to light- the presupposition so ingrained in our society as to be almost invisible to all but the most discerning eyes.

The presupposition is that these “experts” of medicine are entitled and qualified to pass judgment on the scientific and therapeutic merits of alternative medicine modalities.

They are not.

The matter hinges on the definition and scope of the term “scientific.” The news is full of complaints by supposed medical experts that alternative medicine is not “scientific” and not “proven.” Yet we never hear these experts take a moment out from their vituperations to examine the tenets and assumptions of their cherished scientific method to see if they are valid.

Again, they are not.

Medical historian Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D., author of the landmark four-volume history of Western medicine called Divided Legacy, first alerted me to a crucial, though unrecognized, distinction. The question we should ask is whether conventional medicine is scientific. Dr. Coulter argues convincingly that it is not.

Over the last 2,500 years, Western medicine has been divided by a powerful schism between two opposed ways of looking at physiology, health, and healing, says Dr. Coulter. What we now call conventional medicine (or allopathy) was once known as Rationalist medicine; alternative medicine, in Dr. Coulter’s history, was called Empirical medicine. Rationalist medicine is based on reason and prevailing theory, while Empirical medicine is based on observed facts and real life experience – on what works.

Dr. Coulter makes some startling observations based on this distinction. Conventional medicine is alien, both in spirit and structure, to the scientific method of investigation, he says. Its concepts continually change with the latest breakthrough. Yesterday, it was germ theory; today, it’s genetics; tomorrow, who knows?

With each changing fashion in medical thought, conventional medicine has to toss away its now outmoded orthodoxy and impose the new one, until it gets changed again. This is medicine based on abstract theory; the facts of the body must be contorted to conform to these theories or dismissed as irrelevant.

Doctors of this persuasion accept a dogma on faith and impose it on their patients, until it’s proved wrong or dangerous by the next generation. They get carried away by abstract ideas and forget the living patients. As a result, the diagnosis is not directly connected to the remedy; the link is more a matter of guesswork than science. This approach, says Dr. Coulter, is “inherently imprecise, approximate, and unstable-it’s a dogma of authority, not science.” Even if an approach hardly works at all, it’s kept on the books because the theory says it’s good “science.”

On the other hand, practitioners of Empirical, or alternative medicine, do their homework: they study the individual patients; determine all the contributing causes; note all the symptoms; and observe the results of treatment.

Homeopathy and Chinese medicine are prime examples of this approach. Both modalities may be added to because physicians in these fields and other alternative practices constantly seek new information based on their clinical experience.

This is the meaning of empirical: it’s based on experience, then continually tested and refined – but not reinvented or discarded – through the doctor’s daily practice with actual patients. For this reason, homeopathic remedies don’t become outmoded; acupuncture treatment strategies don’t become irrelevant.

Alternative medicine is proven every day in the clinical experience of physicians and patients. It was proven ten years ago and will remain proven ten years from now. According to Dr. Coulter, alternative medicine is more scientific in the truest sense than Western, so-called scientific medicine.

Sadly, what we see far too often in conventional medicine is a drug or procedure “proven” as effective and accepted by the FDA and other authoritative bodies only to be revoked a few years later when it’s been proven to be toxic, malfunctioning, or deadly.

The conceit of conventional medicine and its “science” is that substances and procedures must pass the double-blind study to be proven effective. But is the double-blind method the most appropriate way to be scientific about alternative medicine? It is not.

The guidelines and boundaries of science must be revised to encompass the clinical subtlety and complexity revealed by alternative medicine. As a testing method, the double-blind study examines a single substance or procedure in isolated, controlled conditions and measures results against an inactive or empty procedure or substance (called a placebo) to be sure that no subjective factors get in the way. The approach is based on the assumption that single factors cause and reverse illness, and that these can be studied alone, out of context and in isolation.

The double-blind study, although taken without critical examination to be the gold standard of modern science, is actually misleading, even useless, when it is used to study alternative medicine. We know that no single factor causes anything nor is there a “magic bullet” capable of single-handedly reversing conditions. Multiple factors contribute to the emergence of an illness and multiple modalities must work together to produce healing.

Equally important is the understanding that this multiplicity of causes and cures takes place in individual patients, no two of whom are alike in psychology, family medical history, and biochemistry. Two men, both of whom are 35 and have similar flu symptoms, do not necessarily and automatically have the same health condition, nor should they receive the same treatment. They might, but you can’t count on it.

The double-blind method is incapable of accommodating this degree of medical complexity and variation, yet these are physiological facts of life. Any approach claiming to be scientific which has to exclude this much empirical, real-life data from its study is clearly not true science.

In a profound sense, the double-blind method cannot prove alternative medicine is effective because it is not scientific enough. It is not broad and subtle and complex enough to encompass the clinical realities of alternative medicine.

If you depend on the double-blind study to validate alternative medicine, you will end up doubly blind about the reality of medicine.

Listen carefully the next time you hear medical “experts” whining that a substance or method has not been “scientifically” evaluated in a double-blind study and is therefore not yet “proven” effective. They’re just trying to mislead and intimidate you. Ask them how much “scientific” proof underlies using chemotherapy and radiation for cancer or angioplasty for heart disease. The fact is, it’s very little.

Try turning the situation around. Demand of the experts that they scientifically prove the efficacy of some of their cash cows, such as chemotherapy and radiation for cancer, angioplasty and bypass for heart disease, or hysterectomies for uterine problems. The efficacy hasn’t been proven because it can’t be proven.

There is no need whatsoever for practitioners and consumers of alternative medicine to wait like supplicants with hat in hand for the scientific “experts” of conventional medicine to dole out a few condescending scraps of official approval for alternative approaches.

Rather, discerning citizens should be demanding of these experts that they prove the science behind their medicine by demonstrating successful, nontoxic, and affordable patient outcomes. If they can’t, these approaches should be rejected for being unscientific. After all, the proof is in the cure.

Burton Goldberg is the author of 18 books on the subject of Alternative Medicine, including the best selling Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide. He’s also the producer of 4 documentary films on the subjects of Curing Cancer, Ethical Stem Cells, Curing Depression, and Overcoming Addiction. To learn more about alternative medicine and cancer research, visit his website at http://www.BurtonGoldberg.com.

Understanding Your Options – Complementary And Alternative Medicine Defined

Making a definition on complementary and alternative medicine is very hard to do because there are a lot of different sources containing all kinds of different treatments and practices. Complementary and alternative medicine, also known as CAM is a variety of medical practices which in current time are not considered to be a part of the generally accepted medical treatments.

Even though medical institutions are beginning to fund practices and research, CAM still is the maverick among medicine.

In order to get licensed and practice conventional medicine, a certain level of education has to be reached and proven. Think of college degrees or diploma’s for CNA nursing. Next to the education, some practical experience gained during internships is also required, all to make sure there are experienced professionals taking care of patients.

In order to practice CAM there are some regulations, but they do not come close to the ones conventional medical aides are obligated to follow. This is changing throughout the world to different degrees. The requirements for CAM practitioners are about as variable as the amount of treatments available.

There are schools where a CAM practitioner can get educated and become a naturopathic practitioner and get licensed, but that’s not available everywhere. In order to know if you are dealing with someone who knows what he is doing, even without a license, you might want to check out if there is a membership of some kind of organization which has some requirements in order to become a member.

When we are looking at scientific evidence to support CAM treatments it is very much depending on the field of healthcare. There is a lot of evidence which supports CAM treatments in order to fight cancer, but on the other hand the evidence of CAM treatments helping people who suffer from asthma is not overwhelming. Luckily there are organizations who are very interested in the funding of scientific studies to sort out in what way CAM treatments can be effective and they study any safety risks.

That leaves us with the difference between complementary and alternative medicine. This is a very thin line. Even though the treatments connect with each other on different levels, still the claim is being made that there is a difference. The only difference is that complementary medicine is being practised side by side with conventional medicine.

An example is that when a patient is going through chemotherapy to fight cancer, it is a good idea to use acupuncture in order to fight the nausea which comes with the chemotherapy. Alternative medicine on the other hand is being practised instead of conventional medicine. An example here is that light therapy can be provided to people suffering from depression instead of taking anti depression medicine.

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Five Categories Of Complementary And Alternative Medicine (cam)

In the United States there is an organization called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, also known as NCCAM. This organization is a government agency and its job is to explore practices of CAM every way. They do the research, train the researchers and release information to the professionals and to the public.

This organization of course knows about all different sorts of CAM and knows how lost someone can be when searching for treatment and therefore the organizations has taken the liberty of classifying these types within five different categories. This helps the common people to distinguish one type from another and helps to keep the oversight.

First there are the Alternative Medical Systems. These are complete systems of practice and theory. Usually these systems have been evolving earlier and apart from conventional medicine. Enlisted within this category are acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, Native American healing practices, Chinese medicine and Tibetan medicine.

The second category consist of mind-body interventions. These use a wide range of different techniques to increase the capacity of the mind to have an effect on the functions of the body and symptoms of complaints. Some of these treatments have actually evolved to mainstream treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy and patient support groups.

The third category is the one of Biologically Based Therapies. The treatments are using natural found substances for treatments, like food, vitamins and herbs. Examples of treatments are diets, herbal products, megavitamins and dietary supplements.

In the fourth category we have Manipulative and Body-Based Methods. The treatments are based on the movement and/or manipulation of one or multiple bodyparts. Examples for these treatments are acupressure, chiropractic, Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique, osteopathy, rolfing, Trager approach, massage therapy, reflexology and therapeutic touch.

Striking in this category is that massage therapy and chiropractic are enlisted. These are treatments which have been generally accepted for years and have evolved from alternative treatments to regular treatments.

In the fifth and last category we find the energy therapies. This form of treatment have everything to do with using energy fields. Within this category there are two subcategories. Biofield therapies, these treatments mean to have an effect on the energy fields surrounding and penetrating the body. The presence of these fields have no scientific proof.

Examples in this subcategory would be Qi gong, Therapeutic touch and reiki. Second in this subcategory is the bio-electromagnetic-based therapies which are using electromagnetic fields for treatments. Examples for these treatments are magnetic fields, pulsed fields and alternating current or direct-current fields.

Knowing there has been made an effort to divide the treatments into categories, it shows that the United States Government is taking CAM more and more seriously. It is nice to know that investments are being made for the research on healthcare other than chemical based treatments.

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Massage Therapy Emerging From Alternative Medicine Branding

The notion that the health of one system of the body affects the whole should be a common-sense conclusion, yet in the last 80 years the world of medicine has been controlled by pharmaceutical companies promoting temporary solutions to ease the symptoms of disease rather than correcting the cause. Their advertising budgets have been sufficiently astronomical to sway the public to accept this as normal and healthy. Most of us were brought up with access to a medicine cabinet or doctor with a prescription pad when any sign of poor health became evident. It would be unheard of for a doctor to recommend massage therapy to a patient so that his immune system could be strengthened to help current problems and prevent future illness.

Pills and flu shots have proven to be unsuccessful in generating dynamically cured patients, only a very large selling market conditioned to buy pharmaceuticals for conditions that can be treated naturally. Most everybody walks out of a doctor’s office without hearing a word about getting some exercise and eating properly. You are, however going to be asked if you want a flu shot. This casual request should be considered carefully: some batches of flu vaccine have caused side effects such as guillain-barre syndrome, vasculitis, anaphylactic shock and even death.

The decades of the 1960s and 1970s saw a revolutionary change in the way people saw their bodies. Those New Age visionaries who at that time seemed so strange developing lifestyles that revolved around yoga, Tai Chi, therapeutic massage, chiropractic adjustment, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and other old and new traditions that could benefit the mind and body. Most of these treatments and procedures involve clearing the flow of energy in the body. When the potential electrochemical energy of the body builds up in one area due to a blockage, then the balance of life-force is put off kilter, resulting in stress and eventual illness.

A person’s mind cannot be left out of the equation when discussing overall health. Discomfort and pain of any kind will have an effect on the consciousness and ultimately the disposition of the sufferer. “A sound mind in a sound body” is a universally true axiom. Conversely, the power of the mind can perform wonders on the body when a person is able to focus an overwhelming optimism on the condition. One problem with drugs is that they can sedate the mind or make the patient feel depressed while he’s waiting for the pharmaceuticals to work their magic. However, without removing the stress in muscles that is blocking the life force, there is insufficient energy to bolster the spirit necessary for the body to heal itself.

Some alternative therapies remain shrouded in mystery, but the facts on the effects of massage therapy are so obviously simple to understand that it stands out from anything labeled as “alternative” and must be accepted into the mainstream of medicine, not just for physical injuries but for general health. In our society today, stress is an epidemic that results in heart attacks, cancer, and a host of other serious conditions including mental states leading to violence against others or even suicide. The massage therapist provides treatment that stimulates the body to flush toxins out, making for a better immune system.

Yoga and Tai Chi are therapeutic in nature from every perspective; these arts provide exercise (with a heavy emphasis on breathing techniques) along with a peaceful state of mind achieved by meditation and awareness of body systems. The lines along which life force flows are known as “meridians” and centers of energy are called “chakras”. These are basic to Zen arts and also to massage therapy. It would be impossible to imagine someone being in an upset or violent state after a relaxing hour-long massage treatment.

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Alternative Medicine Techniques – Are They Effective?

The Western world is typically understood to be the bringer of modernity, and oftentimes, their particular standard when talking about certain parts of life, for instance medicine for instance, is considered to be the quintessential and total measurement for modern day living.

Inside the particular field of medicine, for instance, it has often been customarily observed that mainstream medical treatment plans are the only appropriate methods for working with people with a number of disorders. Lately nonetheless, along with the increasing popularity of alternative medicine techniques that utilize non-traditional treatment approaches, yet are nonetheless confirmed to have restorative healing capabilities, the traditional Western standard is little by little opening up to these more recent treatment strategies.

Alternative medicine techniques refer to specific treatment methods that manage an ailment from yet another therapeutic approach. For example, these strategies might originate from native and traditional practices and employ unconventional treatment devices, and have just been fairly recently found by modern scientists. Also, in the United States, several accumulated pieces of evidence have demonstrated that these medicine kinds are helpful for a number of conditions like neck and back pain, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and also many more.

Here are several widespread examples of these strategies:

The first example is Acupuncture. This alternative technique has long been employed in China. As a matter of fact, it’s previously been utilized for 2,500 years for addressing a number of ailments and problems, for example back problems, bone or joint injury, allergies, gout, and even severe headaches. This procedure is performed by inserting one or even more needles into specific locations of the body and at different depths, and are left there for around 20 to 30 minutes. Quite a few individuals have since testified that acupuncture is helpful and has treated them either incrementally or fully – and the explanation for this is that the actual needles are placed in precise areas that coincide with the body’s line of energy.

Another alternative method is the Craniosacral therapy. This method was announced in the 1970s by John Upledger, and is conducted by applying mild pressure in certain important locations of your cranial bones, precisely close to the skull’s sutures. Moreover, this may additionally be carried out on the whole body, but the applied pressure really should specifically be mild. With these strategic applications of pressure, CST typically corrects the system’s dysfunctions and imbalances that may perhaps be contributing factors to painful ailments. Some of the health conditions that CST specifically focuses on include back and neck problems, TMJ dysfunction, orthopedic issues, central nervous system conditions, along with reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

Medical massage treatment is, of course, an additional favorite alternative treatment option, and is broadly recognized to be one of the more well recognized alternative medicine techniques. Medical massages are extensively supplied in hospitals due to their inherent capability to relieve specific painful health problems and health conditions.

Moreover, since 2004, these types of add-on services have been offered 30% more to hospital patients as a result of their established alleviation for not just pain management, but also for anxiety and depression. The main ailments that medical massage treatment focuses on are stress relief, relief for affected individuals with cancer, and not surprisingly pain management. The much more widely used massages include the Thai massage therapy, Swedish therapeutic massage, hot stone massage, deep tissue massage therapy, and Marma therapy massage.

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Career in Herbal Medicine

Careers in herbal medicine are on the rise as a result of the increased demand for alternative healing methods to complement and sometimes even replace the Western medicinal techniques of prescription drugs and surgeries. More and more people are being drawn to herbal medicine, and talented individuals are stepping up to the plate in the United States and around the world to provide these healing services. Embarking on this career path will require dedication, hard work, education and training, but there are many rewards if you’re ready for the challenge.

There are many career in herbal medicine to choose from including Ayurvedic practitioners, Chinese medicine practitioners, herbalists, homeopathic practitioners, natural healing practitioners, naturopaths and other iridology-related fields. The first step toward any of these careers is getting the proper education from a reputable school. Coursework might include subjects such as Ayurvedic medicine, botanical medicine, cell chemistry, Chinese medicine, herbal pharmacy, phytochemistry and plant compounds. This will depend greatly on the specific career you wish to enter and the school you attend, but these are some of the more common subjects that herbal medicine students study.

Some herbal medicine careers require certification or credentialing and others don’t, but it’s always a good idea to have some proof of the level of experience you have attained and the education you have received for your chosen field. It is important to be sure you are attending a reputable school for herbal medicine that will teach you everything you need to know to be respected by peers and/or potential clients. Look into several schools, and review their costs, curriculum and certificate, degree and diploma options. You may also be required to have a certain level of education before even attending such schools, such as a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. You may want to seek out possible options to participate in an internship so that you can gain experience and first-hand on-the-job knowledge.

If you’re considering getting into a career in herbal medicine, it’s a good idea to start gathering information as soon as possible, so you can decide if this type of job is right for you. Then you can begin your educational path and be well on your way to a rewarding new profession.

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Mainstream Medicine And Alternative Medicine

Mainstream medicine will continue to hinder the acceptance of alternative therapies. There is no doubt that alternative therapies offer some relief. The real question is whether alternative therapies can cure disease.

Mainstream medicines strength lies in its monopoly ofscience — the careful study of natural phenomena, the rigorous documentation of studies, processes, experimentation, and results made about said phenomena, the faithful replication of the study by others, the analysis of the premises and results of the study, and its contribution to science itself. The weakness of alternative medicineis that the effectiveness it claims are mostly anecdotal and when results are verified usingthe scientific method, the results cant stand the scrutiny.

Nevertheless, adherents of alternative medicine contend that alternative healing methods are not meant to cure diseases. Alternative medicine and healing methods were developed as a way for the body to maintain balance. Adherents further assert that if alternative healing methods were not an effective means of maintaining health and wellness, then they would have died a natural death long ago.

An alternative therapy like theta healing will inevitably fail the conditions for validity set forth by science. A close inspection of the principles that govern itand the philosophical schools that have contributed to its evolution may have merit and appeal from a patients vantage point. However, truth and validity claims fall within the province of science, and as far as science is concerned, only Western, mainstream medicine has the imprimatur of its approval.

Theta healing takes its cue from Eastern philosophies that emphasize the importance of knowing thyself through meditation. It also takes its cue from Hinduism. One of its tenets is that one of the things that prevent people from healing is their belief systems. At least a couple of the four levels of belief systems identified by its proponents reference the concept of reincarnation: genetic belief systems and souls belief systems.

Proponents of theta healing begin to lose their audience when they tout the therapys other attributes, such as a persons inherent ability to visualize a disease and how through such visualizations, disease/s can be cured. In the arena of the battle of validity claims, its going to be an uphill battle for advocates of this healing method to have this aspect, in particular, of this healing method validated by mainstream science.

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Tips To Cure Arthritis With Medicines

A good home remedy for arthritis is a great and cost effective way for you to ease your pain. Although the early signs of arthritis are unclear, it is best to learn to recognize them whenever possible. Reason being that those early symptoms are the first indicators of the diagnosis that could change the way you do some of your favorite things. In America, an estimated 70 million people suffer from some form of arthritis. Most of them seek expensive medical treatment but they still cannot manage to get rid of the disease. Little do these people know that you can naturally treat or cure arthritis with nutrition, vitamins, supplements and simple exercises.

The fountain of youth! From the earliest records of time, man has been on a quest for the holy grail, the fountain of youth. And it turns out some still are. I recently received an e-mail in my inbox from an osteoarthritis arthritis suffer! Here’s what she had to ask.

The answer to that question is complicated but more often than not; the answer is Yes, you did cause more harm than good! But, you are part of the almost 40 million arthritic victims who might be using painkillers to treat their pain. So let me ask you?

For instance, gout was once known as the disease of kings because so many kings complained about the arthritis of their big toe. And if you think about the royal disease, it is no wonder that kings had gout considering that gout is caused by fattening diets, alcohol consumption and is genetic. Are you looking for tips to cure gout? Though there is no medical procedure (or medicine) that is proven to cure gout, there are plenty of ways to cure it with foods, exercising, herbs, supplements and even vitamins.

So why am I telling you this? Because the resilient tribes who live to be one hundred years of age have never consumed one additive or preservative in their life! And note, these tribes have also not one case of arthritis. It may surprise you to know that your dog does not have to suffer with this and other related diseases such as: Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Displasia, Joint Inflammation and other painful diseases.

Anyone who thinks arthritis affects only little old ladies who wear bifocals and sensible shoes, raise your hand if you can. Can’t lift your hand without flinching? You have lots of company. Candida infection symptoms are varied and manifest in various part of the body like mouth, throat, genital parts and gastro-intestinal tract. It is called by many names like Candida Albicans, yeast infections and it is normally present in the body since birth.

Turmeric or curcuma longa is a natural antioxidant herb. The active ingredients are curcuminoids, which includes curcumin. Curcumin is a yellow pigment. This may relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis if taken orally. Found in powder form it is used mainly in cooking.

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Should You Consider Alternative Medicine For Pets? Find Out Now

Alternative medicine for pets is about two important things.

1. Treating and preventing health problems that commonly affect pet animals like dogs and cats using natural remedies.

2. Strengthening their immune system and increasing their vitality so that they stay healthy for a long time.

Why consider alternative pet health supplements?

Alternative medications, herbal and homeopathic medications in particular, are very effective. Unlike most other types of medications, they do not treat just the symptoms of a health problem. They also treat the cause of the problem. Also, these medications mostly contain herbs and other medicinal plants which are completely natural. So, unlike some prescription drugs, they do not cause any allergic reactions or other such side effects.

What to look for?

Some of the most important ingredients you should look for in alternative pet health supplements include Indian ginseng, mistletoe, milk thistle, and Huang Qi. These herbs are known for their ability to boost the immune system of pet animals like dogs and cats. They have been used by naturopathy practitioners across the world for hundreds of years.

Alternative medicine for pets – are they a better alternative to conventional pet medications?

We cannot say that for sure. These medications are surely effective. But they cannot replace conventional medications completely. There are a lot of health problems in pets which can be treated only with conventional medications. These natural remedies are definitely a good nutritional supplement for your pets. But in case of a severe health problem, you should always consult your vet and act according to his advice.

Pet health – important things to consider

Beyond making sure your pet always has fresh water, plenty of exercise and mental stimulation such as play, diet is the next important component. There are over 40 nutrients required for a sound diet. These are difficult to replicate in home prepared meals and should be either purchased via a high quality AAFCO certified pet food or via recipes prepared by a veterinary nutritionist. Randomly providing foods is sure to miss important vitamins and minerals.

As an added layer of protection, a natural supplement can help the body help itself. As pet owners, we are all adjusting our diets for better help by taking a multi-vitamin, drinking juices or other positive steps. For pets, these same approaches and the use of natural supplements designed for pets can be helpful.

Jeff Grill is a pet enthusiast, publisher, and webmaster. Jeff grew up with a natural curiosity regarding how nutrition and supplements impact human health, and the health of the dogs and cats that are so important to our lives. He is an advocate for natural medicine and publishes many articles on how to blend conventional and homeopathic (natural) approaches to achieving wellness. You can learn more about natural approaches to pet health at the following site – alternative medicine for pets. You can also read more at the site the author edits which is the Dog Health Handbook.

Do You Want to Try a Natural Alternative Medicine For Pets?

Are you concerned about your pets health and do not want to use traditional medicine? Have you known someone whose pet benefited from homeopathic remedies? Or perhaps want to start seeing a holistic veterinarian for your pets and want some information? Whatever your reason, alternative medicine can work as well as traditional medicines for your pet, especially for long term health.

Let’s talk about the first reason; you want to try an alternative medicine for your pet. Although conventional medicine has its place, holistic therapies have been working for hundreds of years. Some people are not aware that both conventional and holistic medicines can work together. For instance, after using an antibiotic, you or your vet can implement a holistic alternative pet health supplementation plan to boost the immune system to help prevent further illness.

Many people use holistic methods for their pets, perhaps because homeopathy worked for them or a friend had good results and now want to try the same for their pets. Many supplements that people use can also be used by pets; for instance, glucosamine for joints, vitamin e for healthy coat and skin, etc.

Holistic vets most often combine traditional and alternative pet health methods to maintain your pet’s physical condition in top shape. They may use vaccines, prescription drugs in an illness, but use vitamins, herbs and other forms of nutrition that is designed for each individual pet. Holistic veterinary medicine looks at the whole pet including his or her lifestyle, and the heredity components of each breed so that its physical needs are taken into consideration as well as the pet’s mental happiness.

If your pet is suffering from an illness that requires immediate attention, then a holistic vet would use the conventional options. But, if your pet is plagued with chronic conditions which linger or occur often, then alternative medicine for pets will provide more choices for long term pet health.

Rebecca Shelly is a health practitioner researching natural remedies to achieve wellness and a regular contributor to alternative pet health sites.