herbal treatment animals Auckland
Charissa van Deventer
Herbal therapies are a very beneficial adjunct to many conditions in cats and dogs. When in the hands of an experienced practitioner herbs are very safe. Many animals will not tolerate pharmaceuticals but they can tolerate herbs. Ironically the majority of pharmaceuticals have derived the active ingredient from a plant in the first instance. The beauty of using herbal therapies is that all the components of the plant can work synergistically to give more favourable benefits than just extracting an active ingredient from the herb itself. Herbs are useful in pain management, anxiety, allergies, bronchitis and digestive ailments among others. Overall they improve the vitality of the patient and improve the function of organs. We have little in conventional medicine to support the function of the liver, for example.

Dr Shrimpton is currently training through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies in herbal medicine. For more challenging cases she pulls in the help of her mentor, Charissa Van Deventer.Charissa is a very experienced herbalist . She completed a Bachelor of Science in 2005 and graduated from the Waikato Centre for Herbal Medicine in 2008 with a Diploma in Herbal Medicine. Since this time has worked in a large herbal dispensary in Hamilton before embarking on her own private practice. She treats both people, cats and dogs with herbs . Additionally, in her treatments with people, she utilises Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, essential oils, homeobotanicals and Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA). Charissa’s qualifications are as following: BSc (hons) PGDipHSc (Traditional Chinese Acupuncture) DipHerbMed , Cert. Aroma, Cert. Hb (Homeobotanicals), Cert. QRA. She is also a member of the New Zealand Association of

Medical Herbalists (NZAMH) and the Natural Health Council (NHC).
Herbal medicine has an important part to play in holistic health care as a herb works in so many different ways within the body. Traditional veterinary medicine was all about using herbs so their use goes back to the roots of veterinary medicine.

Contact Acupet if you wish to make a consult that includes herbal medicine for your cat or dog, or alternatively, if you would like to benefit from any other extensive therapies Charissa offers for people.