For millennia, people have been relying on the natural world for health and healing. Many of our modern day medications, like aspirin, are derived from natural plant compounds (willow bark). Herbal medicine can be a potent part of prevention and treatment of illness, and like acupuncture, addresses both symptoms and underlying physiological patterns that are causing symptoms.
Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to using a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control, along with advances in clinical research, show the value of herbal medicine in treating and preventing disease.
Laura Deloatch L.Ac, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM) is licensed in both acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Laura completed a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2009. This three year program consists of 2, 850 hours of education including 990 hours of clinical practice. In addition to this training, Laura has completed her Veterinary herbal training in New Mexico with Dr. Mona Boudreaux and also with the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida.
Herbal Therapy for Pets
Most pets tolerate herbal medicine quite well. Cats can be an exception. However, herbal products come in a wide range of preparations including tinctures, capsules, powders or small pressed tablets.