Traditional Chinese Medicine for Pets in San Diego
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practiced for centuries in China on both people and animals. The approach includes a very holistic approach incorporating acupuncture and acupressure as well as nutrition and herbs. The system recognizes patterns of imbalances creating disease. The treatment is based upon correcting the imbalances.
The trick is to recognize the imbalance so that the treatment can begin. As treatment continues, the imbalance will change as it improves, and a new treatment may be necessary. The imbalance is recognized through diagnostic acupressure points and assessment of the five elements, the eight principles, the meridians, the circadian body clock and the vital essences. Pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis are used, and lots of information about preferences and behavior is considered.
We use both western and Chinese patent herbs when treating based on a TCM diagnosis. Acupressure is often incorporated and taught to the caregiver as well.
Again, we believe that many healing modalities work, and many work well together, and so we try to fit the treatment to the individual need.
A good book for a basic introduction to traditional Chinese medicine is “Four Paws and Five Directions” by Cheryl Schwartz. It can be ordered at most bookstores.