Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has been used for over two thousand years in China to care for the emperor’s horses, the “tanks” of ancient times during periods of war. Ancient Chinese veterinarians used observation, examination and, by trial and error, herbal treatments for many health problems seen daily in their work.
Since President Nixon opened up relations with China in 1971, acupuncture and Chinese herbs have become increasingly accepted and embraced as alternative modalities for treating difficult and chronic conditions found in both humans and animals. Integrative medical/veterinary practices utilize both Western (allopathic) medicine and surgery and TCM/TCVM in daily practice.
Alternative medicine, sometimes known as homeopathic medicine, eschews conventional medicine. In a complementary veterinary practice, TCVM is used for patients under a conventional veterinarian’s care; conditions that are impractical to treat with conventional medicine and surgery can often be addressed with acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary management. Pets under the care of allopathic veterinarians can often be afforded favorable results with TCVM without some of the undesirable side effects of various chemotherapeutic drugs.
An ongoing curiosity about acupuncture, which grew into a compelling interest in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) led me to study and earn my certification in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Reddick, FL.
Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD, CVA, a traditionally-trained veterinarian and third-generation herbalist, established the Chi Institute in affiliation with the Veterinary College at the University of Florida. Students are offered an elective module in TCVM during their veterinary studies.
Refractory dermatological conditions, auto-immune and immune-deficient conditions, cancer, chronic gastrointestinal diseases (including stomatitis/gingivitis and megacolon/constipation in cats and IBD in both dogs and cats), urinary incontinence, as well as refractory bacterial/sterile cystitis, including recurrent cystic calculi, are a few of the syndromes we all see and can find frustrating. Too often we think we have resolved those issues when the owners stop bringing the pet in, while they may have merely moved on to another veterinarian.
While traditional veterinary (western or allopathic) medicine is the best and most available for acute conditions of any sort, TCVM can unlock those chronic conditions that leave both owners and their veterinarians frustrated. By identifying a “pattern” and using both AP and herbs to move the pet toward balance, I can provide the pet with a better life quality, be it to alleviate pain or help the pet to live more harmoniously in the home.
The mission of Wimberley Complementary Pet Care, PLLC, is to offer services to complement the excellent veterinary care available locally, with the well-being of the patient paramount, utilizing proven methods that are not available through conventional veterinary hospitals. I look forward to working with pets whose medical conditions seem elusive to satisfactory outcomes.