Allergies occur when the body’s immune system misidentifies a normally harmless substance as a threat to the body. An inflammatory reaction takes place in an attempt to eject this substance from the system, resulting in a variety of symptoms.
An integrative approach to allergy treatment focuses on helping the body to heal itself by thoroughly understanding a pet’s unique triggers and physiology. Rather than treating the symptoms alone, our approach seeks understanding of the root causes of allergy triggers.
Complementary and alternative approaches to allergies
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- Valentine, Rahmie, OMD, LAc, and Valentine, Roger, DVM. The Veterinary Breakthrough of N.A.E.T.; A Breakthrough Approach to Allergy Resolution.
A note about safety, effectiveness and regulation of complementary and alternative medical therapies: Rigorous, well-designed clinical trials for many complementary and alternative therapies are often lacking; therefore the safety and effectiveness of many therapies are uncertain. Government regulations for most of these therapies are not the same as those for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. In general, regulations for most supplements and products are less strict; for example, manufacturers do not have to prove the safety and effectiveness of a dietary supplement before it is marketed. However, the federal government is now funding studies in this field through its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and numerous academic medical centers around the country are privately working in the field.