Herbal medicine, Chinese, Ayurvedic, Native American, Unani-tib and European, see the individual within a wholistic framework, taking into consideration not just the conventional diagnosis, but the mental, emotional, physical aspects of the patient.
The overall goal is to enhance health and prevent disease rather than treat disease per se.
Three principles of Western herbal medicine are to:
- improve vitality
- treat the individual using wholistic principles,
- use non toxic medicines (even herbal medicines have this ability)
- It is important to remember that part of the healing process is to that the body has an inherent healing ability and to minimize the use of medicines that will impede the body's vitality.
The goals of using herbal medicine are to:
1. Enhance the physiology of the patient- i.e.) improve immunity, energy, improve organ function
2. Provide symptom relief by compensating for poor physiological function
3. Treat the cause if known
When developing a treatment plan, the patient is considered within the context of their lifestyle (ie. how is the herbal medicine to be given as it is counterproductive to increase stress).
As the main goal is the restoration of the patient's health, when needed, we refer to other veterinary professionals if this is in the best interest of our patient, and work them to cooperatively restore or maintain the patient’s health.