Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a system of
medicine developed by ancient Chinese cultures. Specifically, TCVM is
based on the same principles as Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM,
which has been practiced on people worldwide for more than 3,500 years.
The 4 disciplines of TCVM are as follows:
is a treatment that involves the stimulation of points, achieved
through the insertion of specialized needles into the body. Acupuncture
points typically lie along the body’s Meridian Channels (pathways) along
which Qi (energy) flows. There are different ways to stimulate an
acupoint. Dry needling is the insertion of a needle into the point
directly. Electro-acupuncture is the use of low voltage electrical
currents passed through the needles to stimulate the point. Acupuncture
is the stimulation of a point by injection of a liquid (Vitamin B-12/
- Herbal Medicine utilizes herbal ingredients
from different plants. They are used in combinations to treat
particular disease patterns. Herbal formulas are administered orally in
powder, tea pill, or capsule form. As with other medications, herbal
therapy takes a while to build up in your pet’s system. You may not see
the results of herbal therapy for up to two weeks from the starting
date. Every pet is different, some will respond more quickly to
treatments, other times it can take longer to see the full benefits.
Therapy is the use of diet to treat and prevent imbalances within the
body. It utilizes knowledge of the energetics of food ingredients to
tailor diets for individual animals.
- Tui-na is a form of Chinese
medical massage in which different manipulations (almost like a
massage) are applied to acupoints to promote the circulation of Qi and
correct imbalances within the organ systems.