Chinese Herbal Therapy for Pets
by Jennifer Tucci, DVM
Chinese herbs are used as medicine to correct the body’s imbalances that cause disease to to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Each herb has a different effect on the body based on its energetic properties (warming vs cooling), special actions (clear heat, tonify the blood, resolve stagnation) and organs that it targets (liver, kidney, stomach, etc…).
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine utilizes herbal formulas that are a combination of ingredients that work synergistically to treat a specific pattern of disease. The formulas are chosen to treat each individual patient and their unique needs.
Chinese herbs can be combined safely with acupuncture and/or Western medicine to enhance clinical results. A growing body of clinical research has proven Chinese herbal medicines to be effective in treating a variety of chronic veterinary medical issues.
Chinese herbs are often used to manage:
- arthritis and joint pain
- back and neck injuries
- tendon and ligament injuries
- gastrointestinal upset
- anxiety, behavioral issues
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- heart disease
- primary or adjunct cancer therapy
- and many more!