Alternative therapies for animals and a holistic way of thinking
By Inge Pauwels
Herbs and Bach flowers for animals
Holism is derived from the Greek word ‘holon’, which means ‘whole’. The concept emphasizes consistency and interconnectedness.
Everything is part of one whole: our body and soul, heaven and earth, our illnesses and our state of mind, our relationships and our character and so on.
The same is true for animals. They may physically express feeling through a disease and what they see and experience, with or without their owners, affects their behaviour.
A holistic approach emphasizes the bond between humans and animals and prioritises respect for the animal
Holistic also means listening to the animal because the animal will have the answers; it’s up to us to ask the right questions.
Every person and every animal is unique; every human-animal combination is unique. You cannot always be helped by black and white, one size fits all, thinking.
I really believe that working with a holistic approach means going back to basics, seeing people and animals as individuals and finding the way for each individual to move forwards. This requires a way of thinking that looks at the whole and takes into account the combination / interaction and the nature and essence of each individual.
Everything is moving, everything is growing and everything is interconnected. Each choice raises another choice and can affect other people, causing them to move on and grow…
Humans and animals are best appreciated in a natural environment, where behaviour is natural and unforced…
“We are also animals, naked apes,” said Desmond Morris. Many things that apply to us are equally applicable to our animals.
I see an animal as a whole, and when there is a problem, I do not just look at the symptoms of the ‘patient’, but also the personality, emotions and psyche.
So I try to find the cause of the problem rather than just finding a solution for the symptoms.
I look at the animal and his family and the environment he lives in and especially the behaviour and emotions of “his” people because this will affect the animal. Look at the whole, the cause and not just that one symptom.
Symptomatology is a doctrine looking primarily at the symptoms a patient is showing. I feel that seeking out the cause should be the primary objective.
For a behaviourist to choose a supportive, holistic approach is not always easy, because many people remain sceptical. That scepticism is partly justified but not always. Whether or not you “believe” in herbs, Animal Reflection ®, etc. an animal does not suffer from the so-called placebo effect, .If something works then it just works, regardless of the opinions of the bystanders.
An objective human will be able see the results for themselves.
“A healthy dog is a happy dog !”
Alternative medicine carefully and expertly used can provide a valuable support to mainstream medicine.
To me, nature (even your own nature) is the best teacher, the brightest star, the clearest mirror … showing you the way.
So look to nature for solutions.
Below is a brief overview of some common herbs and precious gemstones, mentioning their uses and properties: