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The term ‘alternative medicine’ is generally used to describe practices used independently or in place of conventional medicine and made up of acupuncture, homeopathy, holistic medicine, chiropractic and more which are used for pets as well as for humans.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a medical art that dates back at least 5000 years. It revolves around the diet, exercise, and environment of the animal. It also involves the use of acupuncture and Chinese medicinal herbs. The ancients evolved different strategies to explain life, death, disease, and the process of aging.

Acupuncture is an alternative veterinary medicine methodology originating in ancient China that treats pets by manipulating thin, solid needles that are inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. The general theory of acupuncture veterinary is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called qi, which flows through the body; disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture describes a family of procedures aiming to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin (usually called acupuncture points or acupoints), by a variety of techniques.

There is a vast confusion between the medical terms homeopathic and holistic.

Most beginning and intermediate users of natural remedies believe that homeopathy refers to natural or herbal medicine, but the word homeopathy refers to a form of medicine that incorporates the theory that harmful substances in small amounts can heal. The term homeopathy refers to "a system of therapy based on the concept that disease can be treated with drugs thought capable of producing the same symptoms in healthy pets as the disease itself. In other words, homeopathy takes a disease or cancer-producing substance and administers it to sick pets in small amounts in hopes that the substance will cure whatever the pet is suffering from. The substance then acts as an immune stimulant when given in small dosage, although when given in larger amounts to healthy pets the substance may cause a reverse affect.

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The word "holistic" refers to a total balance of body and mind to achieve perfect health. Holistic is a "non-medical philosophy of well-being that considers the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life as closely interconnected and balanced."

Holistic healing involves uses a method of healing that uses preventive medicine as well with all spiritual, mental and physical methods of healing available. A holistic healing cannot be achieved without a proper balance. Holistic healing products are often associated with New Age customs and traditions.

Veterinary chiropractic also known as animal chiropractic is an emerging subspecialization for Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVMs) and Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) to provide spinal manipulation, manual therapy and other holistic and conservative techniques for animals. In concert with conventional veterinary care, the complementary use of veterinary chiropractic is primarily used for common neuromusculoskeletal conditions. This reflects the use of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine, which continues to grow within the veterinary community. Proposed benefits of animal chiropractic include, enhanced performance, function and quality of life.

Before working on an animal, a veterinary chiropractor procures a detailed case history of the animal including prior diagnoses, therapies, and X-ray or laboratory analyses.

Contemporary medicine applies health science, biomedical research, and medical technology to diagnose and treat injury and disease, typically through medication or surgery, but also through therapies as diverse as, external splints & traction, prostheses, biologics, ionizing radiation and others.

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