In the western world food is seen as a combination of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, but in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine food therapy is seen as an integral component of treating and preventing disease in animals. In conjunction with herbal medicine, food has inherent, energetic properties that strongly impact the healing process.
The four energetic properties of food are:
1. Thermal: hot, warm, neutral, cool, cold
2. Flavour: sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty
3. Organ association: a food can affect specific internal organs
4. Meridian affiliation: a food has a definite affect on particular acupuncture meridians. Meridians are each associated with a specific organ.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy follows the same diagnostic and treatment principles as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Based on the four food properties (listed above), a TCVM certified veterinarian creates a specific food combination. This combination is unique to the individual based upon age, personality, geographical location, and current disharmony or disease pattern. A personalized diet is designed to return the animal’s body to balance and work synergistically with other TCVM modalities to maintain the dog or cat optimal health.
Food Therapy for Animals
The Ayurvedic proverb “With the wrong diet, no medicine can help. With the right diet, no medicine is necessary” is the foundation of food therapy in holistic medicine. Food is the most effective and simple medicine as it is naturally part of our daily life. Sadly, the old saying “we are what we eat” is too often ignored when feeding our beloved animals. Our bodies and all animal bodies remain the most perfect, efficient, best constructed machine ever created. Interestingly both our pets’ and our own bodies are approximately 70% water, which is not taken into account when feeding a dry kibble diet.
A body’s building components are cells, tissues, organs, muscles, nerves and bones. For optimal functioning a dog or cat body needs to be nurtured well. Proper nurturing can only be achieved with a fresh, healthy and balanced species appropriate diet. Animal’s cannot replenish the high quantity of water that they are composed of by only drinking water, but must also consume the water that is inside fresh, natural food. To nurture all of their building blocks dogs and cats need to eat high quality proteins, healthy fats and fresh vegetables which are all rich in essential amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Sadly many of our pets’ health problems can be traced directly to deficient diets.
Hi. I am Dr Yael Bali,
a veterinarian certified in several holistic complementary medicine modalities. I studied in Mexico and the USA and am committed to an integrative approach of veterinary medicine. I treat patients from all over the country in my clinic in Zichron Yaacov. If you would like to receive an holistic approach when caring for your beloved pets then please call me or mail me.
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