RBVH Integrative Medicine in NJ
As more people explore alternative therapies for themselves, pet owners are looking for the same type of quality and holistic care for their pets. Integrative medicine is often used in coordination with more traditional therapies for a comprehensive treatment program.We may recommend a stand-alone treatment option for your pet or both traditional and alternative therapies in a holistic care plan. Treatment plans are designed by a veterinarian and each aspect will be thoroughly explained to you. We are always available to answer any questions you have about your pet's care.
Integrative Medicine modalities include:
- Herbal Therapy/Botanical Medicine (Western, Chinese, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy)—Plants have long been used to treat symptoms and illnesses. Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to using a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control, along with advances in clinical research, show the value of herbal medicine in treating and preventing disease.
- Nutraceutical Medicine (Nutritional Supplements)—The term, nutraceuticals is derived from 'nutrition' and 'pharmaceuticals.' Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, botanicals (herbal medicines), and certain components or derivatives of animal foods (organ and glandular tissues) are examples of nutraceuticals. These products may be prescribed to assist in the treatment of your pet or for maintenance of health and prevention of disease.
- Food Therapy/Homemade Diet Plans—Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.' -- Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C. Nutrition has long been used to treat and prevent disease. Along with the clinical Nutrition department, home cooked diet plans can be created to assist in your pet's treatment or maintenance of health. Creation of personalized recipes as well as recommendations for certain diets can be discussed and incorporated into your pet's treatment plans.
- Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)—The practice of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) offers an alternative or complement to Western modalities. This approach is founded in a primary belief: balance in all things supports health and wellness. Modalities in TCVM include dietary therapies, herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, and rehabilitation therapies.
- Tui-na (Chinese Massage)—This form of massage improves the flow of body fluids, decreases pain, and promotes healing through the stimulation of acupressure points. Techniques such as rolling, kneading, rubbing, pushing, pressing, pinching, pulling, patting, rocking, and stretching are used to release blockages and stimulate the movement of energy throughout the body.
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Counseling for Nutritional Supplements—Knowing which supplements are safe or indicated for your pet's treatment or overall health can be overwhelming. Consults to discuss which nutritional supplements would be safe and appropriate can help to provide information about the best choices for your pet.
- Treatment Plans to Incorporate Conventional & Holistic Care—Integrative medicine provides all treatment options ranging from conventional care to alternative and complementary therapies. All treatment options available to your pet will be discussed so that the best combination can be chosen. Complementary and alternative therapies can be incorporated into all conventional care so that medications and standard treatments can be performed simultaneously with more natural approaches, if indicated.
- IV Nutrient Therapy (IV Vitamin C)—IV Nutrient Therapy is when vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are administered directly into the bloodstream (intravenously infused) through an IV drip. It is an innovative therapy that supports the resolution of numerous health problems and has been used to treat different conditions such as infections, fatigue, heart disease, and cancer. For healthy individuals, IV Therapy can be considered for boosting health and preventing illness.
- Reiki—Reiki is a Japaneseword that means “Universal Life Force” and refers to a band of energyfrequencies inherent in all living beings. Animals are very sensitive to energyand often respond very well to this subtle balancing and harmonizing treatmentthat affects the entire body. Reiki works in conjunction with other medical ortherapeutic techniques to relieve discomfort and promote recovery whilestrengthening the body’s natural ability to heal.