While acupuncture is perhaps the most widely recognized area of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), Chinese herbal therapy actually comprises the majority of TCVM. The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) describes thousands of medicinal substances-primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCVM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.
It has been used for centuries in the Far East, where herbs are considered fundamental therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. Like acupuncture, Chinese herbs can address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in a variety of symptoms and complaints. Chinese herbal therapy aims to help regain homeostasis, or balance, in your pet’s body and to strengthen the body's resistance to disease. The effects of herbs are usually seen after several days of regular use, rather than immediately, but once the effects are achieved they often last for a long period of time. The combination of acupuncture and/or other physical manipulation with Chinese herbs usually provides the most dramatic results.
At Shiloh Animal Hospital, herbal therapy may only be administered after an accurate diagnosis of your pet has been made by a properly trained, licensed veterinarian. Our comprehensive herbal treatment involves a thorough history and physical examination followed by a patient assessment and formulation of a treatment plan.
If you would like further information about herbal therapy and whether it would help your dog or cat, please call us and book an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Chinese Herbal Treatment Options