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Brief introduction to some of the therapies and methods used at the AVMC:

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Homeopathic Medicine


In homeopathy, we often use infinitesimal doses to stimulate healing processes within the body. Homeopathy works quite without risk of toxicity or side-effects. The homeopathic vet is able to treat pregnant mothers, newborns, young animals and exotic species, all without risk of side effects. Homeopathy is able to achieve results in many serious chronic diseases which have proven refractory to modern conventional methodology. Homeopathy is not exclusively confined to the use of extreme dilutions but that is usual practice.

The phenomenon that we exploit is linked to bio-energetics. Attempts to explain the efficacy by pharmacological and biochemical principles will always fail. Common conditions treated in homeopathic veterinary practice are: allergy, atopy, chronic diarrhoea, asthma, COPD, CDRM, arthritis, spondylosis, head shaking (head-shaking, headshaking), cancer, auto-immune (autoimmune) disorders, viral and bacterial infectious diseases, periodic ophthalmia (recurrent uveitis, moonblindness, moon blindness), urticaria, colitis, irritable bowel disease, behavioural problems, vestibular syndrome, laminitis, sweet itch (sweetitch), mud fever, pyoderma, eczema and many others.


In the UK, only a vet may prescribe homeopathy for your animal.

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A part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is usually understood to mean the stimulation of points on the body (acupuncture points) with needles. Points can also, however, be stimulated by LASER, heat (moxibustion), electic charge (electro-acupuncture), finger or other pressure (acupressure) or heat (moxibustion). It is surprisingly well-accepted or even enjoyed by our animal patients, with animals frequently entering a state of deep relaxation. Acupuncture is particularly useful for its pain-control capability but it is used for more general illness, too. Common conditions treated are: disc disease, paralysis, back pain, CDRM, head shaking (head-shaking, headshaking), hip dysplasia, arthritis, cruciate ligament injury, periodic ophthalmia (recurrent ophthalmia, recurrent uveitis, moonblindness), prostate hypertrophy etc.


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In the UK, only a vet may perform acupuncture on your animal. Even when a vet employs or 'oversees a non-veterinary acupuncturist, that is illegal.

Herbal Medicine

The use of plants as medicine is as old as mankind himself. Man and animals are capable of instinctive self-medication (zoopharmacognosy). The medical use of plants, whether as part of TCM, part of Ayurvedic Medicine or part of Western traditional medicine is the fore-runner of conventional drug medicine but uses the natural plant, in a holistic manner. As a result, the spectre of side-effects, so much a feature of modern patented drugs, is very rare. Common conditions for which we may prescribe herbs are: allergy, COPD, asthma, bronchitis, skin problems, arthritis, digestive problems, behavioural issues, anxiety, nervousness, urinary problems (kidney, bladder) etc.


In the UK, only a vet may prescribe herbs for your animal. Because much money is to be made, there are many herbal products out there, made available with variable respect for the law.

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The use of essential oils provides a very powerful and rapidly-acting way of delivering a type of herbal medicine. The so-called essential oils are the many and various volatile componds of plants, obtained by distillation. Since the medicines are very powerful and not without side-effect, they must be used with great care.

In the UK, only a vet may prescribe aromatherapy for your animal. There are many illegal practitioners who offer their services for animals and claim an 'animal qulaification'. They also claim not to diagnose and not to prescribe. However, the fact remains, if they are not vets, they are not legal.

Bach Flowers and other Flower Essences
This is a form of energy medicine, using the emotional, psychological and mental state as a prescribing pivot. Despite this, these medicines can treat physical disease.

In the UK, only a vet may prescribe flower essences for your animal.

Chiropractic manipulation

Using a very rapid and gentle technique for triggering realignment of the vertebral column and other skeletal components, chiropractic work can provide a very important support for other medicine. The internal organs are innervated from the segmental nerves, just as are the muscles and skin. Body function and balance, not just musculo-skeltally, can therefore be aided significantly by integrated chiropractic work. Acupuncture will depend upon it, for proper success, in many cases. Many animals suffer back pain and spinal misalignment, requiring chiropractic manipulation.


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Natural feeding

At the AVMC, we advise on the provision of a natural, fresh and species-suitable diet for each and every patient. We consider this as an essential platform, upon which we can start to rebuild the health of our patients. Processed food is a health oxymoron.

We advocate the purchase of organic ingredients, at all times. However, certain foods MUST be organic for good health (see 'Feed Your Dog the Natural Way' by Christopher Day, which can be ordered from our office.

Our practice of these alternative vet methodologies and techniques is holistic and integrated (integrative), for the good of the patient. Modern conventional medicine is neither shunned nor ignored, at the AVMC. It is extremely rarely required, however and used mainly to enhance short-term patient welfare. When seeing patients for the first time, we do not request the cessation of current conventional medication. This is something we are happy to discuss with client and local vet, as the case develops.

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Is someone who uses acupuncture, herbal medicine (herbs - herbalism - phytotherapy), homeopathy etc. a 'natural vet', an alternative vet', a 'complementary vet' or a holistic vet'? We think the precise nomenclature is not as important as the service offered and the patient care provided. However, for those who are interested in these terminologies, we have a page discussing the issues around each.



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Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre
Chinham House
Stanford in the Vale
Oxfordshire SN7 8NQ (UK)
Tel: 01367 710324 (International: #44 1367 710324)
Fax: 01367 718243 (International: #44 1367 718243)
web: www.alternativevet.org
(site first published 2002 and augmented 2007)