Complementary Therapy is when holistic modalities are used solely or in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine to assist in healing, managing or preventing health problems. When holistic methods are used they are referred to as alternative care. Holistic methods are not meant to replace veterinary care but can be used as an alternative or complement to veterinary care. The greatest benefit of these therapies can be in their preventative nature, like they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Holistic therapies seek to create, maintain, and/or restore the balance within the body to allow natural healing. These treatments are individualized based on the needs of the horse and are used to address the root cause of the problem not just the symptom and can prevent future problems to keep the body functioning at its best.