Treating the whole patient

Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you caught cold you could simply clap your hands a certain way, hop on the fast track to recovery, and skip the cough drops entirely? Not to simplify things, but that’s kind of how holistic medicine is meant to work (minus the hand clapping). "Your body is its own pharmacy," says Dr. Kim Henneman, holistic vet who recently visited Best Friends. Dr. Kim is one of the only holistic equine vets in the area. She just spent a couple days at the sanctuary lending a hand - and a whole bunch of acupuncture needles - to some of the horses and other animals.

What’s the difference between conventional and holistic medicine? In a nutshell, with holistic the emphasis is on helping the body heal itself by keeping the immune system functioning at full capacity. Dr. Kim uses acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, classical homeopathy, and also conventional medicine when needed.

During her visit, she provided acupuncture and other holistic treatments to the animals, including prescribing a Chinese herbal combination that boosts energy levels. So, don’t be surprised if some of the horses at Best Friends have so much energy they take to doing somersaults around the fields. (Hold on a minute. Any chance the humans can have some of this stuff?!)

Dr. Kim says she was once called a voodoo doctor by another vet because of her holistic veterinary approach. Not nice! The label spread among her friends, though, and eventually became a bit of a joke. In fact, her vehicle now sports "VUDU DR" on its license plate. Nobody can accuse her of not knowing how to laugh!

Written by David Dickson. Photos by Latest Skoop Team.

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