Complimentary or alternative therapies are very much in vogue as the world appreciates the problems of relying on chemical drugs. This book introduces the concept of holistic methods of treatment by describing the interaction of the body systems. Herbalism and its practice throughout the ages is explained, including the plants which provide the necessary minerals and vitamins for equine health. The practice of homeopathy is described, with suitable remedies and the conditions for which they are appropriate. The application to horses of acupuncture based on traditional Chinese medicine and the necessity for accurate diagnosis and in-depth knowledge are explained. Sections on massage and passive stretching are also included, setting out in detail how the reader can become proficient in both techniques.
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