Every year more and more people are turning toward a more holistic
approach to their own health and well-being. Along with this trend comes
growth in the number of guardians seeking a more holistic approach
toward caring for their pets. So when we speak of providing "Holistic
Care" for our companion animals, what does that really mean?
Holism refers to the idea that an entity is greater than the sum of its
parts. While traditional Western medicine approaches pet care in a more
isolated fashion; treating symptoms of disease with targeted drugs or
surgery, a holistic approach will be both broader and deeper. Using a
holistic approach to health care begins long before any signs of disease
or illness present themselves.
Holistic care includes providing high quality nutrition consisting of as
high a percentage of whole foods as possible, (such as raw or
home-prepared foods). Supplementing an animal's diet with additional
supportive nutrients, enzymes or probiotics is important. Attention must
be given to proper exercise and exposure to fresh air, along with
reducing the exposure to and effects of toxins such as chemical
household products, pollution, pesticides and herbicides. Weight
management is also crucial to an animal's overall well being.
Stress reduction is another important component of a holistic approach
to pet care. Reducing stress means providing proper training for puppies
and dogs, and an appropriate environment for cats - especially those in
multi-cat households. Managing stress levels for your companions may
also entail using supportive remedies to help ease anxieties.
Holistic care is not itself a method of treatment for illness, but
instead an approach to how treatment should be applied. The focus is not
on just the disease, but the whole being. The guardian's role is one of
researching and choosing the most appropriate means of care and
treatment for their companion, hopefully with the guidance of a
holistically trained veterinarian.
Energy Medicine For Our Animals
With guest author, Sonia Alexandra
Founder and CEO of Stone Healing
Many holistic healing modalities work at an energetic level -
acupuncture, homeopathy, flower essences and stone or crystal healing
are examples. Stones and crystals have been used for thousands of years
in traditional healing practices and cultures including Native American,
Chinese, Japanese and Ayurvedic (East Indian) medicine. Through wearing
a particular stone for a period of time or receiving a stone massage, it
is believed that healing benefits are transmitted.
Stones and crystals work via subtle energy transference. All living
beings are pulsing with and surrounded by subtle energy. The
crystallized structures of stones absorb, focus and transmit subtle
electro-magnetic energy. The atoms in stones and crystals vibrate at
specific frequencies. These frequencies can have a healing effect on the
body, helping to bring the animal's system back into balance and moving
A holistic approach to our pets' health means taking their emotional as
well as physical well being into consideration. When we provide a solid
foundation of proper diet and nutrition along with proper exercise and
minimizing stress, our companions are able to ward off many health
challenges. Injury, illness and disease are accompanied by energy
imbalances. When a harmonious energy frequency is introduced, such as a
specific healing stone, the interfering energy pattern of the stone will
aid the restoration of internal balance and harmony in the body.
Holistic care supports our dog or cat by facilitating healing in a way
that does not interfere with its body's own natural healing ability.
When choosing a stone for your companion, consider her general state of
health, temperament and environment. Specific stones will not have the
exact same effects on every individual. Stones can be used to massage
your animal, or can be worn on the collar to enhance well being. The
Stone Healing Charms are not only lovely; they also provide measurable
therapeutic value through balance, protection and harmony.
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