In our goal to achieve renewed balance to your pet we provide all four branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture, one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is an ancient medical practice that has been used in people for over 3,000 years and animal acupuncture for dogs, cats, horses and exotics it is now commonly used in the veterinary treatment as well.
Animal acupuncture is the insertion of fine solid needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system, endocrine system and immune system in the animal’s body.
By stimulating chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin to be released by the brain, acupuncture can control and relieve pain. Acupuncture has also been shown to support the immune system, increase white blood cell counts, improve endocrine function, relax muscles, regulate the intestinal tract, reduce inflammation, improve local blood flow, and speed healing.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). Herbal medicine has been used in China for about 4,000 years. In present day China human patients receive herbal medicines alone or in conjunction with acupuncture in 80% of cases compared to 20% receiving acupuncture alone. Herbal medicine has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of medical conditions including gastrointestinal, respiratory, musculoskeletal, endocrine, cardiovascular, dermatological and cancers.
With few exceptions, Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used in conjunction with Western medications, have minimal to no side effects and are well accepted by most animals.
Tui-na or Chinese Therapeutic Massage, was first practived in China in 1600 BC. The formal name, Tui-Na-An-Mo is known by various names depending on the region in China and the techniques in popular use there. Tui-na, as it is known in South China, refers to pushing and lifting techniques while in Northern China the term An-Mo is used to refer to acupressure, massage and other specialized techniques.
It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) to enhance the effects of the other branches of acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat and prevent disease.
The saying “you are what you eat” is central to the TCVM Theory of Food Therapy. Food Therapy is the use of foods to help potentiate or enhance the effects of acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat and prevent disease. All foods have an energy associated with them, ie. temperature such as warming or cooling, and taste such as sweet, sour, pungent, salty or bitter.
In TCVM, Food Therapy is used to help balance the body’s energy.