Natural Medicine is all about finding and creating a balance in the body in order to achieve optimal health. When there is an imbalance in the body an individual gets sick. In natural medicine the body can have two different general types of imbalances, either an excess (too much) imbalance, or a deficient (too little) imbalance.
The easiest way to understand this is to think about when you get thirsty. Intuitively your body knows that it needs to consume water to restore optimal balance/ health. After drinking the appropriate amount of water you feel satiated, and stop drinking. Now imagine drinking a cup of water when your not thirsty. You probably could do it, but it would be difficult. You would have and “excess” of water in your body and feel “out of balance”.
How do you know if you are out of balance?? or not in optimal health?? An experience natural health practitioner is able to ask you questions, look at your tongue, feel your pulse, and look at diagnostic blood test/X-rays from your regular doctor and determine what type of imbalance you have. A good natural health practitioner has years of intensive training,and clinical experience to diagnose your imbalance and determine if acupuncture, herbal therapy, massage, and/or chiropractic, is appropriate to restore optimal health.
As a veterinarian, all the same principles apply to treating my animal patients. Years of training have allowed me to determine if there is an imbalance in your pet, and prescribe the best treatment plan using acupuncture, herbal, and food therapy.
It is frustrating to me when I hear people self prescribing herbal therapies to both their pets, and themselves,without a thorough evaluation / exam with a trained professional.
To just pick up some “natural supplement/herbs” at a health food store because “you heard it was good for a certain illness (ie urinary tract infections or anxiety), is not truly understanding the delicate balance your body has. By taking the wrong natural supplement, it can be like “drinking a glass of water, when your not thirsty” or adding something to your body it does not need. Take the time to seek out a good holistic Veterinarian or human holistic doctor and find out if how to restore balance to you, or your pets body
Andrew Frishman DVM