Hi friends!

I hope this newsletter finds you and your furry companions in the best of health and spirits! This week, I am excited to share some valuable insights about Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and how it can benefit your beloved pets.

What is TCVM?
TCVM is a holistic and time-honored approach to healing that has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine. Just like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for humans, TCVM is focused on maintaining the balance of vital energy, or “Qi,” within the body. It emphasizes theΒ interconnection between the body, mind, and environment, recognizing that any disharmony in these elements can lead to health imbalances in our pets.

What are the different modalities of TCVM?
TCVM offers an array of powerful healing modalities to address various health issues in pets:

  • Acupuncture: This technique involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body, stimulating the flow of Qi and promoting overall balance. Acupuncture is remarkably effective in managing pain, improving mobility, and supporting various chronic conditions.

  • Herbal Medicine: TCVM incorporates the use of herbal formulations that have been developed over centuries to address a wide range of health conditions. These herbal remedies are carefully tailored to each individual pet’s needs, providing a safe and natural way to address imbalances and promote healing.

  • Tui-Na Massages: Tui-Na is a therapeutic massage technique that focuses on manipulating the body’s energy flow through various hand movements and acupressure points. This gentle yet potent practice helps reduce tension, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

  • Food Therapy: The concept of “food as medicine” is fundamental in TCVM. We carefully consider your pet’s unique constitution and health needs to recommend specific foods that can support their well-being and address specific health concerns.

You may have noticed when you come into our check-in area – the Unicorn Space – that we organize our products and supplements on shelves that are designated for the Five Elements.

The Five Element TheoryΒ is a cornerstone of TCVM, offering valuable insights into understanding the interconnectedness of different organ systems and their corresponding elements.

πŸͺ΅ Wood
πŸ”₯ Fire
🌎 Earth
🏡️ Metal
πŸ’§ Water

This theory helps us recognize the energetic imbalances within your pet’s body and identify the primary patterns that may be contributing to their health issues. We make a note on your pet’s chart about their element types. By understanding these elemental patterns, we can tailor our treatments and therapies to address the underlying causes of your pet’s conditions, providing truly holistic care.

When I first learned about the Five Element theory, I was so amazed, everything made so much sense – we all have underlying patterns and these influence our day-to-day tendencies and play a major role in our health. The interconnectedness of the Five Elements is intricate and incredible. ByΒ understanding these patterns, we can harness the power to create a balanced state of being.

At our practice, we integrate TCVM seamlessly with conventional Western medicine to offer your pets the most comprehensive and effective care possible. We are passionate about using the wisdom of TCVM to promote wellness and help your pets lead happy, healthy lives.

If you have any questions or would like to explore how TCVM can benefit your pet, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to support you and your furry companions every step of the way!

❀️, Dr. Lily Chen