Kona's Kitchen

seasonally appropriate diets

What are Seasonally Appropriate Diets?

And why are they important to my pet's health?

Traditional Eastern Medicine characterizes weather influences by Wind, Heat, Dampness, Dryness, or Cold, which can manifest alone or in combination with each other. These changes in weather (especially if sudden, intense, or prolonged) can become the source of seasonal "stress" that leaves the body vulnerable until it can adapt. When these climatic changes are extreme or sudden they can result in disharmonies within the internal environment that then result in symptoms of "dis-ease." When treating such symptoms or conditions, diet is a very important component to consider. Here at Kona's Kitchen, we acknowledge food by it's "nature" such as : warming, cooling, neutral, hot, or cold. As well as the qualities, taste, energetic and therapeutic effects that food has on your pet's body. Food is medicine, the understanding of which can help us to create diets that help animals adapt to environmental stress or climatic changes, and bring balance and nourishment to their "internal environment" by enhancing the flow of their vital energies (Blood, Qi, and Moisture).

As always, we recommend that you consult with a veterinarian when considering this modality as a complement to your pet's veterinary care.

herbal remedies

What are Herbal Remedies?

And how can they enhance my pet's life?

Using herbs to treat illness is the purest, simplest way to use medicine just as nature intended, and the natural way to enhance your pet's life. Using the whole leaf, root, flower or seed ensures that a variety of compounds that occur naturally in the plant are available as the body needs them. As a result, one plant may offer a broad range of healing properties. In many cases a single herb not only contains substances that treat a specific problem, but also provides nutrients and phytochemicals that support the body's immune system and ability to function in many other ways. Herbal remedies are available in a variety of different forms. Most common are tinctures (also called extracts), whole herbs (fresh or dried), and capsules or tablets. To use herbs to the best of their potential, we must take on a holistic perspective of health and healing that views all components of mind, body, spirit, and environment as equal parts of an individual's well-being.

As always, we recommend that you consult with a veterinarian when considering this modality as a complement to your pet's veterinary care.

flower essences

What are Flower Essences?

And how do they work?

Flower essences are subtle liquid extracts, generally prepared from a sun infusion of either wildflowers or pristine garden blossoms in a bowl of water, which is further diluted and potentized. These essences are used to uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness, and are vibrational in nature. The first 38 flower remedies were formulated in 1930 by Dr. Edward Bach, an English homeopathic physician, chemist, botanist, and lover of nature who recognized the profound effect the mind and spirit could have on healing. Today, the medical profession also recognizes this mind-body-spirit connection that so interested Dr. Bach. Science has now shown us how an animal's or person's mental and emotional state can trigger the release of hormones and neurotransmitters, for example, that will indeed effect the body's ability to heal. Even though the study of energetic medicine is still in its infancy, many people have found flower essences to be effective, eliciting dramatic, positive changes in their pet's behavior and over-all sense of well-being.

As always, we recommend that you consult with a veterinarian when considering this modality as a complement to your pet's veterinary care.

homeopathic remedies

What are Homeopathic Remedies?

And what can they do for my pet?

Homeopathy is a form of 'energy medicine' that uses non-toxic remedies made from highly diluted natural compounds, with the aim of triggering the body's own self-healing response. Homeopathy is based on the principle that 'like cures like', meaning a substance that would cause symptoms if given in its natural state can be used to help eliminate those same symptoms when used in a homeopathic form. A good example is Ipecac. Ipecac syrup is used to induce vomiting when a poisonous substance has been ingested. However, the homeopathic version of Ipecac helps to eliminate the symptoms of vomiting. Homeopathic remedies are easy to administer, they have virtually no side effects, and they can play a valuable role in the treatment of most any illness or injury.

As always, we recommend that you consult with a veterinarian when considering this modality as a complement to your pet's veterinary care.

Blending Eastern food therapy philosophies and holistic teqniquesto complement your pet's veterinary care.