What is Naturopathy

Often people are really confused when I say the words: veterinary naturopathic therapist. “Come again”: is what they say. Or: “Are you a vet”? True, the words can be a bit confusing but if I mention the words: behavior, nutrition, herbs, homeopathy etc.  then it sounds more familiar.

I can write a whole book on naturopathy… it entails so many things. Things that are just right in front of you but also things that go much deeper and after peeling the onion you can find them.

As a naturopathic therapist I look at all the elements that have an effect on the status of an animal. It is a holistic view, taking all aspects into account. This means that when an animal is sick or when he or she has a problem,  I do not only see this particular part. The actual problem is just a small piece of the puzzle. It is essential to identify the cause of the problem and therefore the physical, mental and energy of the animal must be taken into account: as well as its living condition, history, nutrition, behavior, character and so forth.

If the cause of the problem is identified you can start a therapy.

In the naturopathic world there are many therapies you can choose from. Depending on the type of problem and species one or more therapies are chosen. Therapies I often use are: essential oils, herbs, Bach flower remedies, homeopathy, massage and some others.

Though, a therapy is not always a physical thing that an animal needs to, literally, digest. It can also consist of changing the environment where the animal lives, changing the daily routine, or providing more stimuli.

So actually it is an endless list of possibilities, isn’t that great! And trust me you will be surprised what small changes can do to the health and well-being of animals.


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