Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, botanical medicine, herbs, homeopathic medicine, massage therapy and chiropractic therapy are designed to help return the body to a natural state of balance.
Many are used to treat chronic pain, behavioral disorders and degenerative diseases. There are numerous books and websites devoted to alternatives therapies for felines. A holistic vet can discuss the different treatments with you in detail.
What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a form of Chinese healing that is based on the principle that energy or chi flows through channels or meridians in the body. If the chi is blocked, pain, disease or illness may result. Acupuncture works by inserting needles into the body along the meridian that leads to the blocked area. The treatment causes the body to release endorphins or natural painkillers, which temporarily relieves the pain and discomfort.
Before trying feline acupuncture, make sure that the person (preferably a vet) is qualified and experienced in working with cats, and get several references. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with massage therapy and chiropractic therapy to treat pain caused by injury such as a car accident or fall or arthritis.
Bach flower remedies are flower essences that are used to treat emotional or behavioral problems. The 38 flower essences have different therapeutic properties, and each addresses a specific behavior problem or emotional state.
Chiropractic therapy and chiropractic medicine originated in 1895 in Canada, and in 1996 the American Veterinary Association or AVA declared that it was beneficial for pets. As with chiropractic medicine designed for people, the affected areas of the spine are manipulated and palpated by a qualified, trained professional.
Chiropractic therapy can help cats with misaligned vertebrae, pinched nerves or herniated discs. It is often used in conjunction with massage therapy to soothe injured muscles or joints. Treatments may help cats who were hurt in a car accident or a fall.
Homeopathic medicine was developed in Vienna in the late 1800s. it is a complex system of medicine that boosts the immune response. Small doses of animal, mineral or vegetable substances are derived through a process called potentization, which releases therapeutic or healing properties. These are then used to stimulate the body's natural defenses to heal itself.