Veterinary acupuncture is the ancient Chinese method of treating injury, illness, and imbalance in animals. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points along 12 energy channels (the Meridian Systems) using needles, electrical current, laser stimulation and/or injection of fluids. The acupuncture point stimulation appears to help the subconscious brain to focus on the targeted regions, and in doing so helps abnormal pain and muscle dysfunction to come back to normal.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) is a major branch of Chinese Medicine. Although most associate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with acupuncture, the majority of cases in TCM clinics in China are treated with herbs, either with acupuncture or alone, rather than with just acupuncture. In the States, more and more Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine (TVCM) practitioners are following suit by incorporating herbs in their veterinary practice. CHM therapies has its historical orgins with TCM, and dates back 4,000 years. Herbs today are prepared with the benefits of modern technology, but are still guided by the historical wisdom underlying TCM. In CHM practic, herbs are used to correct imbalance underlying a disease pattern 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 a a warming, cooling, sour, or bitter and can affect a variety of organs, including the liver, lungs, or heart. TVCM utilizes herbal formulas that are combination of single-herb ingredients to treat a specific pattern of disease.
Veterinary chiropractic, also referred to as Animal Chiropractic, is a combination of healing arts and science. The goal of chiropractic is to activate the body to heal itself with a nudge in the right direction. Chiropractic care is provided to maintain the neuromuscoskeletal system while avoiding surgery or drugs whenever possible. It focuses on the biomechanical dysfunction of the spine and its effect on the entire nervous system throughout the body. The healing art of chiropractic is:
- Holistic in nature (typically avoiding drugs when possible)
- Part of a larger collection of holistic treatments
- Restoring proper motion of the intervertebral joint
The IVCA describes Veterinary Chiropractic as, “additional means of diagnosis and treatment options for spinal problems as well as biomechanical related musculoskeletal disorders. Veteirnary Chiropractic can often eliminate the source of acute or chronic pain syndromes.”