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Immediate Pain Relief

Cold laser treatments provide pets with relief from painful symptoms of a variety of medical conditions and diseases. These treatments are non-invasive and painless. Recovery time is greatly reduced.

Both laser therapy and acupuncture are based on traditional Chinese medicine’s concept of chi, or energy. Ancient theories about how chi moves through the body mirror modern medicine’s understanding of how the nervous system functions in the body. Both acupuncture and laser therapy pinpoint specific spots along the body’s chi (or nervous system) where there are blockages, which obstruct the flow of energy or information throughout the body. Blockages hinder the body’s ability to function at an optimal level and heal at an accelerated rate.

Both acupuncture and laser therapy have been shown to increase circulation throughout the body, reducing inflammation, relieving pain, and accelerating healing. These therapies offer pain management and treatment for conditions like immune-related disorders, skin conditions, arthritis, and reproductive disorders.

Low level laser therapy is being successfully used treat pain or stiffness associated with arthritis and other degenerative joint conditions, acute injuries, and post-operative recovery for surgical patients. It has been found to be an excellent, well-tolerated alternative to drugs. This type of laser treatment is different from surgical lasers that cut. This wavelength of light penetrates the skin without cutting or burning it. It stimulates the cells and blood vessels that lie just beneath the skin. It does this without causing any harm to the tissues.

The laser’s contact with injured or diseased tissue promotes the production of ATP, a substance essential to cellular reproduction and repair. This enhances the body’s natural healing abilities.┬áLaser therapy strengthens injured tissues, which makes them less vulnerable to re-injury during the recovery process. It also reduces internal scarring, another potential source of pain and stiffness. Painkilling drugs can only mask the symptoms — they don’t treat the underlying issues.

 

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Some Healing Herbs

Whenever possible, I like to avoid products with toxic ingredients. In life and death situations, I gladly go for the heavy artillery, but for less urgent ailments, I try homeopathic or herbal treatments. I’m trying to keep this post from being 50 pages, so please leave me a message if you need more detailed information.

I discuss Aloe Vera and Arnica (Traumeel) in other posts. Here are a few more that I’ve used successfully:

Chamomile: anti-inflammatory, pain reducing, can be added dry to the horses’ feed.Good for skin allergies when applied as a rinse.

Cat’s Claw: I have not used this, but have read anecdotes about using it to stimulate the immune system when treating cancer. Not to be given to nursing mares.

Comfrey: used to treat bruises and assist in bone healing. Can be taken internally or applied externally.

Dandelion: for digestive disorders feed a few handfuls of fresh dandelion leaves daily.

Echinaea: for skin conditions. Also increases white blood cell production, so useful for infections.

Eyebright: I have used this on myself for pink eye. Very effective for horses as an eyewash or compress.

Fenugreek: Appetite stimulant. High in iron.

Garlic: promotes sweating. Has some antibiotic properties, especially for respiratory infections.

Kelp: contains iodine, sodium, potassium. Supports the thyroid.

Licorice: Not to be given to pregnant mares. Good for cough.

Nettles:for asthma, and bronchial problems. Stimulates circulation so is used for navicular, laminitis.

Slippery Elm: for colic, diarrhea. Used for foals with diarrhea mixed in yogurt. Can also be made into a poultice for wounds and infections.

Valerian: calms the nervous system. Relieves gas and constipation.

Yucca: for arthritis.

Witch Hazel: Great for insect bites and burns. Controls bleeding so keep this on hand for minor injuries.

 

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