Integrative medicine combines alternative holistic treatments with conventional Western medicine for a complementary and inclusive approach to your pet's health.
Holistic medicine considers each patient to be the sum of its parts and treats the whole animal, rather than conceptually breaking down the body into component systems. Acupuncture and Homeopathy are the most widely practiced methods of Holistic Medicine.
Acupuncture is part of an ancient Chinese method of diagnosis and treatment called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a comprehensive approach to health which views the patient as an organism with interrelated energetic parts, rather than breaking the individual down into separate systems and symptoms.
Homeopathy is based on the belief that the body can heal itself if only it is gently nudged in the right direction by gentle substances (remedies), which stimulate the immune system in the direction of self-cure. Services for Homeopathy are offered by Dr. Cynthia Easton only.
Acupuncture works by correcting imbalances in the flow of Qi (sometimes translated as “vital energy”) within the body. The Qi moves throughout the body via a system of channels called meridians, which are connected to internal organs. The Qi can be accessed by points along the meridians into which needles are inserted. Sometimes these points are stimulated by the use of mid electric current, warmed with herbs (moxa) or stimulated by application of a low intensity laser.
Homeopathic remedies are high dilutions of plant, mineral or animal substances. One benefit of homeopathic remedies is that the substances are so highly diluted that they are entirely non-toxic. With the correctly chosen remedy, a trigger effect will ensue, whereby the body is able to return to balance and heal itself.
Both acupuncture and homeopathy can have effects on all major physiological systems. While not appropriate for major emergencies like broken bones or overwhelming infections, holistic medicine can be a wonderful alternative to western medicine for certain diseases and conditions for which the conventional treatments have unwanted side effects or for cases which are not responding as expected to conventional medicine. Conditions addressed using homeopathy and acupuncture include:
Chronic Gastrointestinal Disorders
Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points and left in for 10 to 20 minutes. Most animals react very little to the placement of the needles and many get relaxed or even fall asleep during the treatments. If acupuncture is going to help a patient, it can take up to eight treatments before results are seen. Most patients respond within the first four visits, so pet owners should commit to at least four treatments initially. It is normal for some patients to be sleepy for several hours after a treatment. With most patients, herbs, supplements, vitamins or dietary changes are discussed.
Cost of initital consultation and treatment - $225
Subsequent follow up treatments - $125
Both Dr. Kirsten Williams and Dr. Cynthia Easton have been certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and are members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Dr. Williams graduated from the Veterinary School at the University of California Davis. In 1998, Dr. Williams became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and completed the IVAS herbal course in 2003. With training in both conventional western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Williams is able to integrate multiple treatment modalities for her patients.
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Dr. Easton is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis, and has practiced veterinary medicine for over 25 years. After a medicine and surgery internship at the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school, Dr. Easton worked for Pets Unlimited in San Francisco where she began pursuing an interest in holistic medicine. Doctor Easton has taken courses in Homeopathy, Western and Chinese herbology, and is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Providing clients with multiple options, doctor Easton helps clients choose the type of medicine best suited for them and their pets.