We proudly offer Chinese techniques to help heal your pet.
We offer an integrative approach to medicine that is tailored to the individualistic needs of your pet. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has been practiced for over 3000 years and is used for the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of ailments.TCVM includes five branches; Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, Tui-Na(a form of massage and acupuncture), and Qi Gong (a form of exercise not used for pets). A TCVM approach looks at the whole patient, including diet, home, heredity, and other factors to understand the basis of a medical disorder. It is important to remember that TCVM has its strengths and weaknesses, so an integrative approach using both TCVM and western methods is often most beneficial to your pet.
Chinese Veterinary Acupuncture
We offer both acupuncture and electroacupuncture.
Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique can be used when conventional medicine is unsuccessful or in combination with traditional medical treatment. It is effective for musculoskeletal problems such as sore muscles & degenerative joint disease, skin conditions such as lick granulomas, respiratory problems such as feline asthma, neurological disorders such as seizures, gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea & vomiting, and other chronic conditions.
Electroacupuncture was found to be an effective analgesia (pain reliever) in the early 1970s that has been widely used in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine practice. Wire clips are attached to acupuncture needles and are plugged into an Electronic Acupuncture Unit. Electroacupuncture stimulates a stronger endorphin release than dry needle acupuncture, is used for pain management such as soft tissue injuries, disk problems, and arthritis, and is more convenient to pet owners since it requires fewer sessions.
As Dr. Xie of Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine writes, Food Therapy is the practice of healing using natural foods, with or instead of medications. Different food combinations are essential based on diagnostic symptoms; food therapy is the preparation of using these selected ingredients and superior herbs to treat specific health conditions.
Home cooked diet recipes can be classified into the following categories:
- Health Promotion and Prevention: improve overall health and prevent seasonal or climate-related problems.
- Disease Treatment: to treat certain clinical conditions
- Adjunct Therapy: used to complement the primary treatment of certain diseases such as otitis, urinary crystals & stones, urinary tract infections, IBD, cancer, renal disease, and liver disease.
Our practice utilizes Chinese herbal supplements from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in conjunction with western medicine for a variety of diseases including, but not limited to:
- Lyme Disease
- Cushing’s Disease
- Skin Allergies
- Thyroid Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Urogenital Disease
- Behavior Issues / Anxiety
- Liver Disease
- Joint and Disc Disease
Tui-Na massage is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. It is a Chinese Medical Manipulation used for preventing and treating diseases. Tui-Na means push/pull-lift. As Dr. Xie of Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine writes Tui-Na has a long history, as early as the period of the New Stone Age around 2700 B.C. Chinese ancestors gradually accumulated primitive experiences of massage in their attempts to treat illness and injury. For example, treatment with hand pressing, kneading and stroking were called “An-fa” and “Rou-fa”. It is often used with one of the following modalities; Massage, Acupressure, Physical Therapy, and Chiropractic Manipulation.
Tui-Na often enhances acupuncture and or herbal clinical results. It is widely applied in musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, geriatric diseases such as general weakness, internal diseases such as diarrhea & indigestion, pediatric diseases such as viral infections, and it is used for performance enhancement. Tui Na regulates meridians and promotes the circulation of Qi and Blood, balance Zang-Fu organs and strengthen the body’s resistance.
Patients often enjoy this method of treatment and it can be a daily follow up care program for the owner to do at home. It differs from Animal Chiropractic since it focuses on the whole body, meridians & acupoints are manipulated, and over 200 different styles of Tui-Na exist!
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