I'm sure many of you have heard of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and likely some of you have had it done for yourself. I just want to make sure that you know all of the different ways that acupuncture can help your four-legged friends too. The most common reason people would elect to use Chinese Medicine either for themselves or their animals would be because of pain. These modalities excel at resolving pain from any source. Arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, back and neck pain, pain derived from cancer, post surgical pain and headache pain can all be mitigated by acupuncture and herbal therapy. Chinese Medicine sees pain as Stagnation, which I discussed in my last blog, so regardless of the source of the pain, acupuncture and herbal therapy can treat it. It is ideal to have a conventional diagnosis to help pinpoint the treatment and maximize the results, but it is not absolutely necessary. But Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) can do a lot more than treat pain. Here are some of the situations that it can help.
Skin issues: Is your animal itchy? Does he or she have a poor quality hair coat or dandruff? Have they been diagnosed with allergies, either seasonal, environmental or food related?
Because TCVM looks at the individual animal's pattern, any of these conditions can be helped with its use, especially when used alongside conventional therapies. TCVM can help to decrease the amount of medications needed or in some cases, enable them to be stopped altogether.
Seizures: Does your animal have seizures? According to TCVM these all stem from the Liver (which has similar actions to how we think of the liver in conventional medicine, but also has other jobs as well). Addressing the Liver with TCVM can help reduce the severity and frequency of seizures and again decrease the amount of medication required for treatment.
Paralysis and weakness: If you animal has an injury to his or her spine and has difficulty walking or cannot walk, TCVM can help improve their mobility again. In this case the use of Electroacupuncture, which uses a low voltage of energy through the needles, is very beneficial.
Tumours: Whether small or large, cancerous or benign, TCVM can sometimes help reduce the size of masses, both those inside and outside the body. Herbal therapy is most beneficial in these cases.
Anxiety and other Behavioural Issues: Is your animal afraid of its own shadow? Do thunderstorms and other loud noises scare them beyond measure? In TCVM these conditions are treatable using all of the modalities under the TCVM umbrella.
Kidney and Liver Disease: Has your animal been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease? TCVM has been proven to help improve Kidney and Liver function as evident on the animal's blood work.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of the things that TCVM can help but hopefully it has provided a clearer picture of conditions that can benefit from treatment. Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have to see if TCVM is right for your four-legged friend.