Can Alternative Medicine address infectious diseases?
Properly prescribed Alternative Medicine can treat many infectious diseases and wound infection, often without the help of antibiotics. Furthermore, the problem of stimulation of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is not a feature of Alternative methods. As ‘drugs’ are not used, can anybody treat animals? The Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) precludes the treatment of animals by anyone other than a qualified vet, except in the case of one’s own animals. This applies to Herbs, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Bach Flowers etc. In the case of manipulative therapies (e.g. chiropractic, osteopathy, massage, physiotherapy), a non-vet may carry these out, upon referral and supervision by a vet. Are vets trained in Alternative Medicine? There are well-established courses in veterinary homeopathy and in veterinary acupuncture. There is an examination for vets to ‘qualify’ in veterinary homeopathy. What conditions may respond to Acupuncture? Acupuncture, as part of Traditional Chinese Medi