Holistic medicine treats symptoms but it also looks for underlying causes of these symptoms. Holistic medicine encourages the normal bodily function of ridding toxins out of the body for good and cleansing inside instead of suppressing it. This is a slower and gentler treatment with the goal of achieving the highest level of health for your dog on a physical and emotional well-being level.
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In addition to gaining a four-year Naturopathic Medical Degree (N.D.), there are other academic routes that can be taken like programs that offer Doctorate degrees in chiropractic, herbal medicine, and acupuncture and Oriental medicine, among others.
In addition to dealing with current illnesses and conditions already affecting the body, holistic treatment methods in veterinary medicine are also used to ward off disease and improve the dog's overall health, and hopefully lengthen life span as well.
New medical breakthroughs included the discovery of penicillin, cortisone (a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine), streptomycin (a powerful antibiotic that is effective in treating tuberculosis), insulin (to treat diabetes) and chlorpromazine (an anti-psychotic that controls schizophrenia).