Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a medical system that encompasses multiple treatment modalities. It has been used for thousands of years in China to treat animals. TCVM is adapted from the human counterpart system: Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM), which is based on the Daoist theory of balance of harmony within the body and the Universe. As with Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to evolve and research continues to better elucidate its mechanism of action. In Chinese Medicine, disease is considered a disharmony and the basic objective is to get the body back in balance. Depending on how long the disease has progressed, it may take time and effort to get things back in balance. TCVM involves evaluating the patient as an individual and how they relate to the environment and lifestyle. Diagnosis is based on identifying a pattern and then a treatment plan is tailored for that individual.

The major baranches of TCVM are
  • Acupuncture:Using principles dating back over 3,000 years, acupuncture is the traditional Chinese art and science of using small needles to stimulate specific body point (acupoints) to aid healing and bring the body back to balance.
  • Tui-na: This is a form of medical massage that involves applying various manipulation techniques to acupoints and meridians. It can be used for preventing and treating disease.
  • Food therapyIn Chinese Medicine, food is considered an integral component of prevention or treatment of disease. Food items are utilized for its energetic properties and employed in certain combinations like herbal therapy. In fact, it is said that the only difference between herbal and food therapy is the �Food therapy tastes better.�
  • Herbal therapy:This makes use of therapeutic properties derived from plants, animals, and sometimes minerals. Specific formulations are used to treat particular disease patterns. Modern day formulas used here to treat this hospital are from quality controlled supplier and do not use any material that are endangered and toxic.

Treatment usually involves a combination of these modalities. Many of these modalities are compatible with Western medicine. At Northside Animal Hospital, an integrative approach, utilizing the best of both Western and Eastern medical systems, can be used to evaluate and formulate a treatment plan for your pet.

A word about Acupuncture

Modern day research has shown that acupoints are located in areas with high concentrations of nerve endings, mast cells, arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Acupuncture has been shown to cause physiological effects such as nerve stimulation, increased blood circulation, relief of muscle spasms, and release of hormones such as endorphins. The exact mechanism of how acupuncture works is currently undergoing further research to define its actions from a scientific perspective.

Acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with Western medicine approach.


Musculoskeletal: arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, paralysis, traumatic nerve injury
Cardiac/respiratory disease
Dermatology: allergies, lick granulomas
Gastrointestinal: vomiting/diarrhea
Ocular disease

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