Ancient Wisdom Melds with Modern Medicine to Promote Health and Vitality
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Acupuncture offers us another powerful tool to attain or regain health and vigor. I practice what is known as “Integrative Medicine,” using the diagnostic tools and techniques of cutting-edge modern medical science in conjunction with the ancient techniques of acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine. While acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years, it is by no means a throwback —hundreds of studies demonstrating its effectiveness are now being published each year, as modern science seeks to understand and quantify the pathways by which acupuncture works.
Why consider Acupuncture treatments?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can both augment the effectiveness and reduce the side effects of many ‘conventional’ veterinary treatments. For instance, after surgery, acupuncture treatments can help speed recovery of neurologic and musculoskeletal function. And sometimes acupuncture gives us a safe and effective treatment option where otherwise we can only offer stopgap measures, unacceptably invasive options, or nothing but “the tincture of time.”
Some of the many conditions that respond to treatment with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM):
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Acute soft tissue injuries
- Masseter muscle atrophy
- IVD induced paresis
- Generalized weakness
- Geriatric vestibular syndrome
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Behavioral disturbances
- Chronic vomiting
- Allergic dermatitis
- Dry skin
- Genital pruritus
- Hyperthyroidism (especially early or subclinical)
As in all things, there is a balance. Western medicine can offer more effective treatments for some ailments, while Acupuncture and TCVM can be more effective for others. Some animals, too, will be more responsive and/or receptive to acupuncture than others.