Holistic Treatment of Chronic Disease
WHAT TO EXPECT
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Most of the patients who arrive for holistic treatment come to us
with chronic conditions. Many clients have been dealing with their pets'
problem(s) for months to years and understandably are ready for a solution
and resolution of the condition. Clients have been trained to expect symptoms
to disappear miraculously when a conventional pharmaceutical drug is given
(such as taking an aspirin for a headache or an antihistamine for allergy
congestion), and when these have failed; they are looking for an herb, supplement,
or acupuncture to remove the symptoms in short order.
Although holistic medicine does use herbs, nutrition, acupuncture
and many other modalities to treat disease, OUR AIM IS NOT TO TREAT THE SYMPTOMS
PER SE, BUT TO ADDRESS THE TRUE CAUSE OF THE ILLNESS. If the causes can be
eliminated, the symptoms will disappear! Unfortunately, it takes months to
eliminate chronic infections, toxicities, active scars and allergies, which
are some of the most common causes of chronic illness in our patients.
Many patients experience a decrease or even resolution in their
symptoms early on in the course of treatment, while others experience an
exacerbation, such as a flare up of itchiness, loose stools or nasal discharge.
Many clients perceive this as a "side effect" as it would be with conventional
drugs. Rather, they are indicators that the treatments and supplements we
are using are working as intended; however, the detoxification process may
be progressing too rapidly for the patient's comfort. In these cases we may
choose to decrease the amount of supplement/herb (thus slowing down the detoxification
process) and/or use allergy elimination (see Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Treatment) to alleviate the symptoms.
The holistic approach to disease is quite different than what we
are accustomed to thinking of in Western medicine. Generally, the body goes
through a series of stages of disease before it reaches the point where a
diagnosis is made (such as inflammatory bowel disease). How one particular
patient arrived at the IBD diagnosis may be completely different from another
patient. For example, one patient may start with an infectious disease (parasite,
parvovirus, bacterial infection), which leads to inflammation of the bowel,
which leads to absorption of proteins that are too large, which leads to
food allergy, etc. Another patient may have acquired heavy metal toxicity
in-utero, which leads to a compromised immune system, which leads to a bacterial
overgrowth in the bowel, which leads to inflammation in the bowel and eventual
food allergy. As we start discovering and treating the food allergy at some
point we expect that other issues will arise that need to be dealt with.
This is a good thing! If treatment is stopped too early because the patient
is doing well one may expect complications to occur at some point in time
because the initial imbalance or root cause has not been dealt with.
When it comes to treating chronic disease PATIENCE IS THE KEY!
If you make the decision to embark on holistic treatment for your pet with
us, please give the therapy a chance to work. Remember that sometimes the
body has no choice but to experience some discomfort during the cleansing
phase of recovery. Know that these uncomfortable circumstances are occurring
because the underlying causes of illness are being eliminated! We will try
to minimize these symptoms as much as possible.
See more information on the following holistic treatments at Sunrise Pet Clinic:
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