About Integrative Medicine
Integrative veterinary medicine is a comprehensive approach to animal care that combines the best of conventional medicine, and complementary and alternative therapies.
Western medicine and nontraditional medicine are not mutually exclusive, and the integration of these practices is often extremely beneficial. The goals of both are the same: healing, maintaining a good quality of life for our patients, and disease prevention. This integrative approach to diagnostics and treatments gives our animal patients many more therapeutic options and can benefit animals from birth to their senior years.
Our veterinarians and technical staff are extensively trained in conventional, complementary and alternative medicine modalities. Our focus is on treating the whole animal, while establishing a partnership and therapeutic plan with you and your regular veterinarian to achieve optimal wellness for your animal.
Treatment Modalities in Integrative Medicine
With more than 50 years of experience, Dr. Tran is not only skilled in Western medical practice but has further gained additional training in the following:
Western medicine is the term used to describe the treatment of medical conditions with medications, by doctors, nurses and other conventional healthcare providers who employ methods developed according to Western medical and scientific traditions. Other names for Western medicine include traditional medicine or allopathic medicine. It differs from Eastern medicine in its approach to treatment, which relies heavily upon industrially produced medications and a strict adherence to the formal scientific process. Western medicine encompasses all types of conventional medical treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and physical therapy.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine - Acupuncture
Acupuncture (from Latin, 'acus' (needle) + 'punctura' (to puncture) is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCM) involving the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin of the body using thin needles. It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure, or laser light to these same points. Clinical practice varies depending on the country. Traditional acupuncture involves needle insertion, moxibustion, and cupping therapy. According to the theories of TCM, stimulating acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. It aims to treat a range of conditions, though it is most commonly used for pain relief. It is rarely used alone but rather as an adjunct to other forms of treatment. Clinical practice guidelines issued by medical societies including the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and British Geriatrics Society have suggested the use of acupuncture for many groups of patients.
Therapeutic treatment using essential oils follows three distinct frameworks known as the French, British and German models of aromatherapy. To summarize:
- The French model with an emphasis on medical aromatherapy, advocates the ingestion and neat (undiluted) topical application of therapeutic grade essential oils. In France, aromatherapy is a specialized field of medicine. Up until 1990, all phyto-aromatic prescriptions filled by pharmacists were reimbursed by the government health care system. Today that policy is determined by each province within France.
- The British model (Bach Flower) advocates diluting a small amount of essential oil in a carrier oil and massaging the body for the purpose of relaxation and relieving stress.
- A third model of aromatherapy comes from the Germanic countries – Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Known as the German model, it focuses on inhalation of essential oils for healing purposes.
In the United States, we can and do incorporate all three models for therapeutic use of essential oils. Each model has its purpose and strengths depending on the oil used and the effects desired.
Many of the groundbreaking scientific research and support for medical aromatherapy was published by Dr. Daniel Penoel, a French MD. Dr. Tran both reads and writes fluently in French and as such has been able to use this invaluable treatise in his practice.
Orthomolecular medicine, as conceptualized by double-Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, aims to restore the optimum environment of the body by correcting imbalances or deficiencies based on individual biochemistry, using substances natural to the body such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements and fatty acids. The term "orthomolecular" was first used by Linus Pauling in a paper he wrote in the journal Science in 1968. The key idea in orthomolecular medicine is that genetic factors affect not only the physical characteristics of individuals, but also to their biochemical milieu. Biochemical pathways of the body have significant genetic variability and diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, schizophrenia or depression are associated with specific biochemical abnormalities which are causal or contributing factors of the illness.
Herbal medicine, also known as herbalism or botanical medicine, is a medical system based on the use of plants or plant extracts that may be eaten or applied to the skin. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and to assist bodily functions. While herbal medicine is not a licensed profession in the United States, herbal remedies in the form of extracts, tinctures, capsules and tablets as well as teas may be recommended by healthcare practitioners of many different disciplines as a practical way to address a wide variety of medical conditions.
Nutraceuticals is a broad umbrella term that is used to describe any product derived from food sources with extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods. They can be considered non-specific biological therapies used to promote general well-being, control symptoms and prevent malignant processes.
The term “nutraceutical” combines two words – “nutrient” (a nourishing food component) and “pharmaceutical” (a medical drug). The name was coined in 1989 by Stephen DeFelice, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, an American organization located in Cranford, New Jersey.
The philosophy behind nutraceuticals is to focus on prevention, according to the saying by a Greek physician Hippocrates (known as the father of medicine) who said “let food be your medicine”.
Russian Subtle Energy Medicine and Bioresonance.
Bioresonance uses electromagnetic vibration, either from charged compounds or by electronic medical devices, to diagnose and cure without side effects yet with pinpoint precision.
Who has endorsed this technology? President Putin of Russia uses it and the Department of Health in Russia has approved it for wide use across their nation, which amounts to three hundred million people. The Russian space program uses this technology because it enables convenient and non-invasive monitoring and enhancing of the health of their cosmonauts. Medicine just became more affordable, more accurate, and infinitely safer with this technology. The first stop in this revolution is Hepatitis B and C as well as herpes. Russian doctors are claiming a ninety percent cure rate for these incurable infections.
Ancient traditions reference subtle energies (e.g. qi, chi, prana, etheric energy, mana, fohat, orgone, odic force, life force, homeopathic resonance) that are believed to underlie the workings of traditional healing modalities. The existence of such energies is not included in today's working scientific model, however, which explicitly accounts for just four fundamental forces (strong and weak nuclear, electromagnetic, and gravitational force) and neither includes an explanation for subjective consciousness, nor any direct mental or conscious influence on physical matter. Despite this disconnect, there is growing acceptance of traditional healing modalities within the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). While a large body of literature exists investigating subtle energies and their effects on health and well-being, integration of these findings into real-world application in areas such as health care and education is limited by a variable degree of scientific rigor in this work.
Subtle energy is defined as, but not limited to one or more forms of energy, which do not appear to be within the electromagnetic spectrum. Unknown at this time is the interaction or the impact that subtle energies have on measurable electromagnetic forces, nuclear energy and/or atomic bonds, gravitational effects, or mass.
Some described energy forms or systems which furnish partial or limited descriptions of subtle energy are: chi, ki, prana, the force, love, kundalini, orgone, space energy, zero-point energy, aura field energy, energy of thought, energy of consciousness, spiritual energy, life-force energy, ether/aether/eter, vril, energy of intention, and intuition.
Subtle energy appears to be compatible with the theories of Quantum Physics and may not be equated with Newtonian conceptions of ‘force’ and ‘work’.
Homeopathy (homeopathic medicine) is a system of medicine founded in the early 19th century by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Christian Hahnemann (1775-1843). Classical homeopathy rests on three principles:
- The law of similars states that a disease is cured by a medicine that creates symptoms similar to those the patient is experiencing. Hence, an important part of the prescription of a homeopathic medicine is a lengthy interview to determine all the symptoms. The homeopathic physician then prescribes the medicine that best matches the symptoms.
- The principle of the single remedy states that a single medicine should cover all the symptoms the patient is experiencing: mental, emotional and physical.
- The principle of the minimum dose has two parts. First, the homeopathic physician prescribes only a small number of doses of the homeopathic medicine and waits to see what effect the medicine has. Second, the medicine is given in an infinitesimal dose.