Have you ever heard of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine? It was developed out of Traditional Chinese Medicine, used on humans. This mode of healthcare has been around for centuries. It’s more common than ever in veterinary circles today through techniques like acupuncture and herbal medicine. Learn more about Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine below:
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of medicine developed over millennia in China. The TCM practitioner views a person’s health as a state of balance between the body’s internal environment and the external environment that one lives in. Practitioners use techniques like acupuncture, herbal therapy, food therapy, acupressure, and meditation to treat disease and maintain health.
What is Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) developed out of the same practices that TCM practitioners use. In fact, TCVM has been around for almost as long as TCM for humans. And many of the same techniques, like acupuncture, food therapy, and herbal treatments, are used on animals.
For a more detailed history of TCVM techniques like acupuncture, call your vet’s office.
Who practices Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine?
TCVM can only be practiced by a licensed veterinarian. They must possess the required training and experience in this modality. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Canadaian Veterinary Medical Association consider TCVM part of veterinary medicine in general. That’s made it more common than ever. Techniques like acupuncture and herbal therapy are practiced in many areas and can prove very helpful for pets.
What can TCVM be used to treat?
Acupuncture can be used to reduce pain and increase mobility, just as two examples. Herbal therapy can help with everything from allergies to epilepsy. Techniques that fall under the TCVM umbrella have been used to treat kidney and liver failure, hormonal disorders, behavior problems, and even cancer.
Ask your veterinarian whether or not your pet’s health problems could respond well to acupuncture, herbal therapy, food therapy, and other TCVM methods.
Is TCVM safe for my pet?
When practiced by licensed TCVM practitioners, TCVM is a very safe treatment method for your pet. Something like acupuncture, involving the insertion of needles into your pet’s skin, might sound scary. But it’s perfectly safe, and most pets respond very well to the treatment. Some even fall asleep on the procedure table!
One of the great things about TCVM methods like acupuncture and massage is that it’s completely non-invasive. There’s no surgery or medication involved at all. Talk to your vet to learn more about the benefits of such non-invasive therapies.
Should my pet receive TCVM treatment?
That’s up to you and your vet. Talk to your veterinary professional to find out whether your pet might be able to benefit from TCVM techniques. Acupuncture, food therapy, herbal medicine, and other types of TCVM techniques have helped thousands of pets. Yours could be one of them.
Want to know more about acupuncture and other TCVM methods? Need to set up an appointment for your pet’s next check-up? We can help with that. Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, to get started.