What is Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM)

Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM) is a medical system that has been used in China for thousands of years to treat animals. It has been adapted and extended from human traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Chinese medicine is based on the Daoist worldview that the body is a microcosm of the larger, surrounding universe.

Though the term Chinese medicine and acupuncture are often used interchangeably, acupuncture is actually one out of 4 branches of TCVM.

These are

  1. Acupuncture–insertion of needles into specific points located along the body meridian channels
  2. Chinese herbal medicine–the utilization of Chinese herbal medical properties in a particular combination or formulas to treat a particular disease pattern and return balance to the system
  3. Tui-na-a form of Chinese medical massage in which different manipulations are applied to acupressure points along certain meridians to promote circulation of Qi and restore the balance within the body systems.
  4. Diet/Food therapy–the utilization of specific energy within food using TCM principals to formulate for an individual needs to restore balance and prevent disease

How does acupuncture work

  • Acupuncture restores normal body homeostasis, allowing innate healing and regeneration
  • It stimulates the nerve system and local nerve reflexes
  • It stimulates the brain, reducing anxiety, depression,insomnia and grieving
  • Relieves pain (post surgery, arthritic pain, cancer pain) by release of B endorphin, serotonin, norepinephrine and endogenous opioids
  • Assist in immunity regulation and immune system stimulation
  • Used for reproductive regulation

Medical conditions benefiting from acupuncture and herbal therapy

Musculoskeletal Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Chronic knee conditions (luxated patella, cruciate tear)

Neurological Disorders

  • Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD)
  • Seizures
  • Nerve paralysis
  • Wobbler syndrome
  • Myasthenia gravis

Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Constipation
  • Poor appetite
  • Colitis and Gastritis
  • Megacolon

Other Applications

  • Post-operative healing
  • Cancer pain control
  • Chemotherapy adjunctive support

Endocrine/Metabolic problems

  • Chronic renal failure
  • Liver disease

Respiratory Problems

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Laryngeal paralysis

Skin Conditions

  • Allergies
  • Atopy
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Otitis

Urinary Problems

  • Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Urinary incontinence

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