Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is relatively new to the western world, it has been used to treat animals in China and other parts of the Far East for thousands of years. It is based on the understanding that the body is an integrated, energetic structure and that any disruption in the energy flow causes disease throughout the entire organism. When a disease pattern is identified, balance and health can be restored by helping the body regulate itself using one or a combination of therapies such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, tui na and, of course, a good healthy diet.
Chinese veterinary medicine is used to prevent and treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions including the following:
- General pain
- Arthritis and rheumatism
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Neurological diseases
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Autoimmune and metabolic diseases
- Allergies and skin problems
- Intervertebral disk disease and paralysis
- Geriatric issues
Acupuncture has an excellent record for treating the above diseases and can be used alone or together with tui na, Chinese herbs and diet.
Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific acupuncture points in the body for several minutes in order to produce a healing reaction. These points are located along energy meridians. Each meridian is associated with a specific organ and connects the exterior of the body with the interior.
The goal of acupuncture is to move “Qi”, which is the life force or vital energy that flows throughout the body along these meridian pathways.
The insertion of acupuncture needles is in general, painless, although in some animals or in more sensitive parts of the body, it may cause discomfort as the needle passes through the skin. There is no pain once the needles are in place.
Most animals become very relaxed during acupuncture treatment and may even become sleepy. Side effects are rare and when administered by a properly trained veterinarian, acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals. Clinical research shows positive results for acupuncture and thus it is increasingly used.
Over 450 herbs and minerals with inherent energetic properties that strongly impact the body are used in Chinese herbal medicine. As these are found in the natural environment they are generally well tolerated.
Some herbs are familiar to us such as ginger, garlic and cinnamon. Others such as medlar, mint and chrysanthemum may be found in your garden and other herbs are unfamiliar to us. Herbs such as those derived from endangered species have been replaced by other herbs with similar therapeutic properties.
Chinese herbs are prescribed in formulas which are mixtures of various herbs and minerals therapeutically orchestrated to treat all the symptoms that the patient presents. As the condition of the animal improves the formula is adjusted until the patient has recovered and is in good health.
Tui na is a therapeutic form of massage that uses rhythmic compression techniques along the acupuncture meridians of the body to promote and restore the natural and healthy flow of “Qi” and blood.
This leads to harmonious balance and restores good health by strengthening the immune system, enhancing the healthy functioning of the internal organs and restoring the anatomic relationship of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Tui na enhances other modalities of Chinese medicine and can be used on every animal species. It is a good option for treating animals that resist acupuncture and it has the advantage that its techniques may be taught to the animal’s human companion. This can be seen by using selected tui na techniques that help the healing process of their loving pet at home.
Hi. I am 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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