WellPet Vets not only offer the highest standards of modern veterinary medicine, but we can also offer alternatives such as Chinese Medicines.
So what is Chinese Medicine? In Chinese Medicine, the fundamental approach to a diagnosis of a condition lies within the pattern diagnosis which takes into consideration the pets temperament, age, sex, environment and signs of disease. Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment may involve many alternate approaches. One such form of approach may include Acupuncture for pets. This treatment is just one of the branches used in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine. There are 4 branches used in Chinese Medicine, these are Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Food therapy, Tui Na (Chinese massage therapy).
1) Acupuncture: Insertion of acupuncture needle into the body; these points lie along the Meridian Channel where the Qi (life force) flows. In Chinese Medicine the flow of Qi (life force) is important. When it’s stagnant or not in balance it could cause or lead to a disease process.
Acupuncture needles are very small and most patients enjoy their session in acupuncture. It is used in many cases e.g. arthritis, weakness, disc disease, recovery after surgery and many more.
How often should we be doing it? It depends on the condition and response achieved. In most cases a 4 weekly session is recommended, followed by fortnightly, monthly and extended based on clinical response.
Type of acupuncture: Dry needling – placing acupuncture needles in acupuncture points and leaving it for 10- 15 minutes
Electro acupuncture: As with traditional acupuncture, the needles are connected to a device that continuously generate electric pulses.
Aqua acupuncture: Acupuncture points are injected with saline, B12 injections
Is it safe for animals: Yes, when its administered by a properly trained vet. In some cases, animals condition may seem to be worse, or lethargic for the first 24 hours. This is usually an indication that some physiological changes taking place and usually followed by improvement.
2) Herbal Medicine: Combination of Chinese herbs to treat a disease pattern. This herbal medicine can be administered orally (powder , pills or capsules )
3) Food therapy: The use of food to balance and treat imbalance within the body, utilizing energy of food energetic to tailor to the need of every individual.
4) Tui Na: Is a form of Chinese Medical Massage where different manipulation to the acupoints and meridians applied to promote the Qi flow and correct the imbalance in the body.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine could be viewed as a complementary medicine and its best to be used in conjunction with the Western Veterinary Medicine. Both Western and Chinese Medicine have their own weaknesses and strength. Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine is suited to assess the well being of the whole patient and treatments are generally non-invasive with few side effects.
We have two Chinese Medicine Veterinarians on our WellPet Team Dr Yui Tsustumi and Dr Sarav Baskaran. If you would like to find out more about alternative approaches to your pets condition please speak to our friendly team on 1300 WELLPET
This article is this weeks Vet Report in Nepean News http://issuu.com/