INTEGRATIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) includes the treatment modalities of acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-Na physical manipulation. These treatment modalities can be used individually, together, in addition to conventional medicine, or as a stand alone treatment for many diseases offering a safe and effective complimentary treatment for your pet.
Acupuncture is the practice of placing tiny sterile needles in specific anatomical points. Acupuncture points are commonly located at the confluence of blood vessels, nerves and lymphatics. The acupuncture needle causes electrophysical and chemical changes in the extracellular matrix that result in beneficial metabolic effects resulting in resolution of inflammation and pain with increased delivery of nutrients and healing to a diseased area.
Herbal medicines have gained popularity as an alternative to prescription medications. Herbal medicines are made from plant, animal, or mineral sources and can be single component or combinations of herbals components. Most traditional herbal formulas have been used for many centuries having their effects validated by consistent results as opposed to research trials. This is one reason herbals are cost effective but also a reason that their use should be guarded by an experienced herbalist, especially where animals are concerned. Herbals must be from reputable sources that comply to GMP standards.
Many foods have medicinal qualities and can be used to either treat or prevent disease. Whole food ingredients can be added to supplement an existing diet or a balanced, formulated custom diet can be tailored to your pet's needs. Many pet caregivers have discovered that a custom home-prepared diet is a cost effective and beneficial alternative to a processed commercial diets. We can formulate a balanced, nutritious diet for your pet.
Who doesn't love a massage?? Tui-Na therapy consists of massage and light manipulation techniques to relieve areas of inflammation and promote normal blood flow to tissues. Pet care givers can learn Tui-Na techniques to do at home that will compliment and extend the effect of acupuncture treatments.