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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine has existed for about 5,000 years. Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, commonly referred to as TCVM, has also been used to treat animals for thousands of years and is based on the practice developed for humans. For comparison, modern medicine in its current form has only existed since the 19th century, a little more than 200 years. In modern medicine, advances are made in leaps and bounds - and there is better care for acute conditions that would normally result in death than ever before in history. But, the ancient practices developed by Chinese medicine through meticulous study of nature over thousands of years still have much to offer our animal friends.

Willowrun Veterinary Hospital welcomes the integration of the two schools of thought, in order to provide our clients and their pets with comprehensive and robust treatment opportunities. TCVM and Western medicine can complement each other well because each has what the other lacks. Western medicine acts much faster and is much better for treating acute problems. TCVM is better at treating not only the disease but the entire bodily system and has very few, if any, negative side effects.

Chinese herbal medicine is based on the study of herbs, or combinations of herbs, to treat particular disease patterns. The herbal ingredients are administered orally, often in a capsule or pill form for small animals such as dogs and cats.

Chinese herbal medicine can be helpful for many diseases, as long as they do not require an immediate surgery. If your pet has any of the following maladies, Chinese herbal medicine could be an excellent choice for them:

  • Skin diseases
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Kidney or liver failure
  • Behavioral problems
  • Chronic lameness