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Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered by David W. Ramey

By David W. Ramey

Complementary and replacement Veterinary medication thought of is a e-book that belongs on your veterinary library. when you are a veterinarian thinking about when you may still include complementary and substitute veterinary medication (CAVM) into your perform, in case you have lately employed an affiliate wanting to attempt things like acupuncture or homeopathy, or when you've got consumers asking you approximately chiropractic, natural, or magnetic box treatment for his or her pets, you have to comprehend the historical past, technology and ethics at the back of such therapies.In its 2001 guidance for Complementary and substitute drugs, the yank Veterinary clinical organization (AVMA) acknowledges the growing to be curiosity in CAVM, and encourages the serious exam of those remedies utilizing the medical technique. Following the AVMA's lead in this topic, Complementary and replacement Veterinary medication thought of completely examines quite a few CAVM remedies and asks vital questions relating to substitute remedies. for instance, is acupuncture powerful in soreness reduction? what's homeopathy? what's the background in the back of chiropractic? What does the study say (and no longer say) approximately quite a few CAVM modalities? And, simply as importantly, what are the moral and regulatory issues pertaining to such treatments? This booklet has the solutions to these questions and more.Complementary and substitute Veterinary medication thought of may help training veterinarians to make trained judgements approximately particular CAVM cures. this article evaluates numerous conventional treatments, and should provide veterinarians the moral and clinical bases they should make sound judgements concerning CAVM therapiesCoverage comprises yet isn't constrained to:* Acupuncture and acupressure;* strength medicine;* guide remedy (chiropractic);* guide remedy (massage);* Magnetic and electromagnetic therapy;* Laser and lightweight therapy;* Homeopathy; and* natural remedy.

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Although Mao apparently eschewed such therapies for his own personal health,25 acupuncture and traditional herbal therapies provided Chinese political leaders an expedient and face-saving alternative to the only other health care option available to the masses: no health care at all. 28 As a result, Western medicine is in high demand in China. Curiously, the revived interest in such practices in the West is concurrent with the apparent waning of such interest in the East. 29 In the sixteenth century, acupuncture reached Europe in the form of a few stray manuals now held by the Escorial in Madrid, Spain, upon the return of Jesuit priests from the Chinese Imperial Court, and the United States somewhat later.

18 Most of the texts available today went through final revision in the eleventh century. ‡ Interestingly, the text largely ignores specific skin points at which needles can be inserted. Nonetheless, the concept of invisible, vaporlike agents that are responsible for maintaining life and health is not uniquely Chinese. Indeed, the concept of a vital air or spirit is one of the main concepts of ancient medicine of virtually every culture. 19 This and other similarities have led to speculation that the information presented in the Huang Di neijing may simply be an adaptation of Greek medicine, and, in light of the interactions that occurred between China and the West in Han times, such speculation is not unreasonable.

For example, therapeutic phlebotomy (bleeding) has one of the longest and best documented records in the annals of medical therapeutics. ”1 17 18 CHAPTER 2 There is also nothing new about the current enthusiasm for unconventional therapies. For example, an 1850s source noted “Homeopaths, hydropaths, eclectics, botanics, chrono-thermalists, clairvoyants, natural bone-setters, mesmerists, galvanic doctors, astrologic doctors, magnetic doctors, uriscopic doctors, blowpipe doctors . . 2 Comparable levels of support for therapies that buck the medical mainstream have been the norm for most of the past several centuries.

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