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In today’s veterinary landscape clients are looking for a more balanced approach for caring for their pets. With so many concerns about the overuse and improper use of pharmaceuticals coupled with their unwanted side effects, it is no wonder why clients are looking for an alternative treatment for themselves as well as their pets. While integrative medicine provides a balance between conventional and alternative modalities, it is holistic medicine which truly encompasses all aspects of patient care. From the physical and the mental aspects, to the spiritual nature of the pet, holistic medicine provides the most in depth and encompassing avenue for addressing the root cause of the condition while providing a more targeted approach for treatment.Mechanisms and materia medica - A deep discussion of the pathways of pathology (how cancer comes about) and over review of the many avenues of action (clinical strategies) in managing cancer.Ticks are common parasites in warm and humid climates and can easily spread Rickettsial diseases within the canine population. The addition of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine treatment may prevent the apparition of symptoms related to the infection and reduce the need for conventional treatments.Homotoxicology / Nanopharmacology is the study of homeopathically prepared combinations. It is an entire system of medicine, pioneered by Dr. H.H. Reckeweg, and utilized worldwide. A guiding principle of Homotoxicology necessarily requires some knowledge about the matrix. Regulatory medicine seeks to understand complex interrelationships and enzymatic systems. It attempts to shift the balance back toward homeostatic normal. Principles of Evidence are also worth exploring.Veterinary homeopathy is an approach to healing that uses similar substances to treat injuries and illness. While allopathic treatment is aimed at palliating or suppressing the symptoms of disease, homeopathy addresses the root cause of injury or illness to restore health. Homeopathic medicines are useful for acute illness and injury as well as chronic disease, and offer treatment options other than long-term drug therapy or surgery.Over the past several years the use of supplements and herbal formulations have become a routine practice in integrative veterinary practice. Even some conventional veterinarians have embraced the use of specific herbal formulations due to their benefits in treating certain difficult conditions. This presentation will focus on introducing the attendee to the topic of Chinese Herbal Medicine, its basic principles and its role in treating diseases based on the TCVM concept of pattern diagnosis.Mechanisms and materia medica - A deep discussion of the pathways of pathology (how cancer comes about) and over review of the many avenues of action (clinical strategies) in managing cancer.Including Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in the treatment of Chronic renal failure is an excellent alternative to enhance both symptomatic relief and life span in these patients.It is a critical issue that we recognize the ever increasing levels of toxicity in our environment. Toxins can be defined as any substance that can damage a living organism, whether endogenous, or exogenous, in the form of environmental toxins such as chemicals, or “xenobiotics”. Many medical issues are rooted in chronic or acute poisoning. There are infinite sources of toxins, and pollutants, which alter biological systems, interfering w/ normal function. Some are toxic to the cellular membranes, others disrupt body energy systems, chemical pathways and other physiology. Toxicokinetics is the movement of toxins through the body, by absorption, transport, metabolism, distribution and storage, or elimination.For most veterinarians in general practice, one of the most commonly recurring presentations of chronic disease are dermatitis and otitis. The allopathic approach offers prescription diets and strong drugs that often require life-long therapy. In addition to the growing list of adverse effects in some of these drugs, many patients develop tolerance and require larger doses and multi-modal pharmacological therapy. In this two hour lecture, the homeopathic approach to chronic dermatitis and otitis will be explained, as well as the most commonly indicated homeopathic prescriptions needed to stimulate a healing response to relieve the pruritic patient's suffering.There is certainly truth in the saying “you are what you eat.” Food, specifically nutrition, is the basic component of a healthy life. What quality of foods we choose to feed our pets either feeds a disease or nourishes their health. Chinese Food Therapy uses high quality foods and the concepts of TCVM to treat pattern disharmonies and diseases. This presentation will focus on introducing the basic concepts of Chinese Food Therapy and how food can be utilized as medicine.Clinical markers of cancer Rational prescribing of natural medicine - clinical strategies and case progression. Symptom management with natural medicines.Clinical markers of cancer Rational prescribing of natural medicine - clinical strategies and case progression. Symptom management with natural medicines.Chronic Liver disorders in veterinary patients present a unique challenge, demanding innovative and holistic approaches for effective management. Integrating Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) into the treatment of chronic liver problems in animals offers outstanding results reducing the time of treatment.Bio-Regulatory medicine seeks to understand complex interrelationships and enzymatic systems, by utilizing complex formularies, that influence the fluid systems’ dynamic interactions, thereby helping the body to heal itself, by engaging the Basic Bioregulation System. The aim is toward the body defensive mechanisms, to reestablish the biorhythms which are disturbed. Acupuncture melds nicely with the discipline of homotoxicology. Coupled with the healing potential inherent in the manipulation of acupuncture meridians, we can do much to improve lives.It is relatively clear, from a concerted study of the disciplines of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Ground Regulation studies of the matrix, that there is a convergent wisdom expressed by both modalities. By paying close attention to the natural cycles and rhythms of the systems we are trying to influence, we can improve our therapeutic outcomes. Armed with an understanding of the principles of healing, selected remedies from the realm of nanopharmacologicals injected in appropriate acupuncture points, coupled with some regenerative supplements, we can vastly improve quality of life.Blood therapies have an ancient history, some steeped in mythology. Medicine has sought to use blood as a healing treatment, and practitioners have known instinctively that there were potential uses in a wide variety of diseases and traumas. In the last 50 years, there has been much more research devoted to the components of blood, their role in the immune system, and the possible therapeutic potential. The most common bioregulatory use of blood as a therapeutic, is in immune regulation, particularly in chronic, imbedded disease states. In combination with medicines such as thymus therapies and Homotoxicology, we have some major potential to improve a seriously dysregulated body.Anemias and other blood disorders, such as Autoimmune hemolytic anemia and Immune-mediated thrombocytopenias, seem to be increasing, much like other chronic disease states. There are many approaches to these issues, including autologous blood therapies and nutritional support. These have been used w/ success in many integrative practices and some will be presented here.For most veterinarians in general practice, one of the most commonly recurring presentations of chronic disease are dermatitis and otitis. The allopathic approach offers prescription diets and strong drugs that often require life-long therapy. In addition to the growing list of adverse effects in some of these drugs, many patients develop tolerance and require larger doses and multi-modal pharmacological therapy. In this two hour lecture, the homeopathic approach to chronic dermatitis and otitis will be explained, as well as the most commonly indicated homeopathic prescriptions needed to stimulate a healing response to relieve the pruritic patient's suffering.This lecture will go over the basics of medicinal use of Western Herbs. The concept of Evidence-based Medicine will be introduced. We will discuss how herbs can be used in terms of physiology, treatment modalities, safety and interactions. How to read a monograph will be explained, and there will be cases presented.In this novel, interactive lecture format, you'll receive an Aromastick containing a mystery essential oil when you enter the room. You will learn how to evaluate this essential oil with one of the most advanced scientific instruments available - your nose!
Discover some interesting facts about essential oils and dispel some of the common myths. Understand what essential oils and hydrosols are, where they come from, how they are produced, how to choose the most appropriate ones for your intended purpose. How do they compare with some other holistic veterinary medicine modalities, e.g. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Homeopathy?
Leave with some simple ways to start incorporating essential oils in practice immediately, as well as some safe use guidelines.
Osteopathy is a newer manual therapy in holistic veterinary medicine. It is similar to chiropractic however it takes a whole body approach to correcting misalignment patterns and optimizing full health and mobility in the body. Osteopathic techniques are comprised of manipulation of the spine and extremities, mobilization of viscera and internal fascia and lastly craniosacral therapy. This lecture will cover the history, philosophy and neuro-anatomical principles of osteopathy along with common neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions in dogs and cats that respond well to osteopathic treatment.The cytotoxic herbs safety and herb / drug interactions with botanicals and anti-cancer drugs strategies for enhanced safety.The cytotoxic herbs safety and herb / drug interactions with botanicals and anti-cancer drugs strategies for enhanced safety.Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) approaches cancer differently than allopathic medicine. The main TCVM Patterns of canine HSA are Qi Deficiency and Blood Stasis. Wei Qi Booster treats Qi Deficiency while Stasis Breaker is for Blood Stasis. Yunnan Bai Yao is the key herbal recipe to stop and prevent internal hemorrhage. In addition to these Chinese herbal formulas, acupuncture can treat cancer with no side effects, and both food therapy and Tui-na treatment can be taught to owners to use at home. Dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma (sHSA) that undergo splenectomy followed by TCVM treatment could have a survival time of 3-4 years with a good quality of life. This presentation uses clinical case study to introduce TCVM protocol for canine sHSA.Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) therapy including acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui-na is highly effective for pain management of osteoarthritis (OA). TCVM treatment principles for OA include removing/releasing Stagnation at joints, tonifying Kidney Qi, and balancing the body’s Yin and Yang. It provides a good alternative treatment for patients with OA that cannot endure the adverse reaction from conventional treatment. It also can be integrated with conventional treatment to better manage patients with OA. This presentation demonstrates how to treat OA in dogs using TCVM pattern diagnosis and seasonal modifications through clinical case studies.Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) treats allergies differently than allopathic medicine, focusing on a wholistic approach. The TCVM etiology and pathology for canine atopic dermatitis are external factors (often Excess in TCVM) and internal factors (often Deficiency). The external factors are mainly Wind or Wind Toxin. The internal factors are associated with disorders of Wei Qi, Lung, Spleen, Liver and Kidney. Dogs (especially atopic dogs) are considered “hot dogs” in TCVM, and they are prone to flare ups and pruritus. This presentation will use case studies to show how to treat the “hot dog” by cooling with TCVM treatments including acupunctures, Chinese herbs, food therapy and Tui-na.The application of mental and emotional signs in veterinary homeopathy represents a holistic approach to animal care. By incorporating these subtle yet significant indicators into the diagnosis and treatment process, practitioners can gain deeper insights into the emotional well-being of animals, allowing for tailored remedies that address not only physical ailments but also the underlying psychological and emotional factors contributing to their health issues. This integrated approach underscores the interconnectedness of mind and body in veterinary medicine, promoting a more comprehensive and empathetic approach to animal healthcare.Veterinarians can enhance their treatment options by considering homeopathic remedies alongside or instead of conventional methods, aiming to provide well-rounded care that addresses both physical and emotional aspects of their patients' well-being. This integrative approach fosters a more personalized and comprehensive veterinary practice, ultimately benefiting the health and quality of life of our patients. In the first part of this lecture, we will focus on the fundamentals of acute homeopathic prescribing.The second part of this two-part talk will provide guidelines for integrating homeopathy into small animal practice. Using a combination of remedy study and case presentations, this presentation will equip attendees with the tools to start using homeopathic remedies in their practices.