Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, 2nd edition
ISBN# 0-87596-243-2 Paperback
Dr. Pitcairn is a conventionally trained veterinarian who grew up dreaming of being able to help relieve the suffering of our animal friends. Sixteen years before publishing this updated edition of his book, he learned about homeopathic medicine and was amazed that he'd never before heard of it, particularly in all his years of formal study. He has since converted his practice to using homeopathy and nutrition to treat his patients and was gratified to be able to save many animals whose future was considered by most others incurable or hopeless from the perspective of conventional veterinary medicine. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn have devoted their energies to sharing these "revelations" with others and I believe, as they do, that they have added a great deal to the quality of life of our pets.
This valuable reference begins by explaining the principles behind natural health for pets, then shows the pet lover how to apply those principles easily and effectively. There are recipes for making your own pet food which are specifically designed for dogs or cats, with variations for different situations, such as the overweight pet, the pregnant or nursing pet, and the growing puppy or kitten. There are even nutritionally balanced vegetarian recipes and suggestions for feeding abandoned young animals.
Homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations are described in detail, giving the conditions for which they are indicated, including any reactions your pet may experience. There are resources noted in the back of the book to help you find the items recommended for use, as well. All of the common, and many of the not-so-common, pet diseases are described, along with suggested treatments.
The Pitcairns use good common sense, a strong belief in natural methods, and a background in traditional veterinary medicine to provide a resource manual which any pet owner should find a necessary part of their reference library. In fact, most would do well to read this thorough guide in advance of selecting a new pet.
Equine Acupressure, A Working Manual
If you have ever wished for health care or medical treatment for you or your animals that is free, safe and simple to use, available night and day, and wherever you are, be assured that it exists, and it is right at your fingertips. It is called acupressure.
Acupressure, performed without needles, is fingertip pressure applied to acupuncture points. Natural remedies and other safe forms of treatment have been practiced and handed down for endless generations. Fortunately, acupressure is one of them. It has been tested and proven effective, and the best part is that you can learn to do it yourself, in minutes.
Equine Acupressure, A Working Manual provides a thorough overview of the origins of acupressure (traditional Chinese medicine, TCM), explains its effectiveness, and describes its benefits. The life force energy of the body, called "Chi", circulates throughout the body in invisible channels known as meridians. Along these meridians lie over 350 acupressure points, upon which pressure can be applied to decrease or increase Chi energy to rebalance the body and allow for healing.
The meridian system is pictured and described in detail, including each meridian's function, how it relates to the internal organs and other parts of the body, and the indicators for treatment. Important points along each meridian and the uses or actions of each point are listed. For example, GV 26 is a specific acupressure point on the muzzle that is used for shock, collapse, heatstroke, seizures, or respiratory stimulation in newborn foals.
Equine Acupressure, A Working Manual teaches the reader how to perform acupressure treatments, what to do before, during and after, and when not to perform acupressure. It stresses that attunement to the horse and allowing him to be the guide throughout the treatment is of utmost importance. The book teaches how to observe the horse and what to expect. His feedback and communication through body language are essential.
Acupressure techniques are pictured and described in detail. For instance, a clockwise rotation on a point can strengthen energy, while counterclockwise rotation disperses energy, or sedates. Elbows and cupped hands are also used in some techniques. Chapters on equine stretching (part of a thorough acupressure treatment), maintenance acupressure, and acupressure for specific conditions are also included.
Equine Acupressure, A Working Manual provides a wealth of valuable information. It is written in clearly understandable language and presents practical information in a well-organized format. Its purpose is to provide comfort and healing for the horse, through acupressure, by teaching the reader to actively participate in his horse's health and well being. It does just that.