Canton Animal Clinic is excited to add Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) to the many services we offer our clients. TCVM stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine used to treat humans, and it has been used in China for thousands of years.
TCVM is based on the principles of balance in the body and environment and the movement of “Qi” or “Life Force” within the body. Central to this approach is the theory of Yin/Yang. In the body Yang factors are represented by External, Excess, Hot and Dry. These are opposed by the Yin factors of Interior, Deficient, Cold and Damp. Disease is based on imbalances in these factors and the organ system(s) involved.
As a complement to Western Veterinary Medicine we believe TCVM broadens our ability to diagnose and treat our patients. Dr. Amy Thompson has completed her studies at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and works to integrate acupuncture, herbal therapy, and food therapy into our practice.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when performed by a licensed and certified veterinarian. It is the stimulation of the body at specific points called acupoints, which are areas of nerve endings, small blood vessels, and lymphatics, with small needles. This stimulation releases chemicals which help relieve pain, and also help balance the health of organ systems.
Herbal Therapy: Herbal Therapy is used to correct imbalance caused by an underlying disease and to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Each herb has a different effect on the body and can fall under a number of classifications such as warming, cooling, sour, or bitter and work to correct and balance deficiencies within the body. It can be combined with acupuncture and/or Western Medicine to enhance clinical results.
Food Therapy: In TCVM food is an important part of treating and preventing disease. The goal of Food Therapy is to restore and maintain balance in the body. Food has specific energy properties (warming, cooling, etc.) that act on the body in certain ways. Different combinations of food can be used to support the balance within the body for optimal health. When disease occurs, certain food combinations can be incorporated to return the body to its natural balanced state.
The results have been remarkable; click below to learn more about just a few of our success stories. We look forward to helping more patients by combining Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and standard Western veterinary care to better serve your pet.