Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine contends that abnormal flow of qi (energy) stuck in the body causes pain or disease. By applying fine needles to specific points on the body, acupuncture moves qi and relives pain or disease. Traditionally it was used to treat musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis. Today, acupuncture is used to treat most medical problems from respiratory to gastrointestinal disease and skin conditions.

When the doctor evaluates your pet in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system, she will:

  • look at your animals tongue
  • feel the pulses
  • palpate diagnostic acupuncture points on the body

Traditional Chinese Medicine also takes into account your pet’s:

  • appetite
  • thirst
  • activity level
  • unusual behaviors

All of this information is synthesized into a Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis, which is then used to prescribe:

  • herbs
  • dietary therapy
  • massage (tuina)
  • acupuncture

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