Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (VCHM) is based on an ancient medicinal practice that relies on herbs and minerals to correct imbalances that lead to disease in the body. This contrasts with most Western medicines that seek to stop the disease or control the symptoms without correcting the underlying cause. As an integrative practice, we combine this knowledge along with modern diagnostics such as lab work to better understand your pet’s condition and treat accordingly.
Most often used in conjunction with other therapies such as acupuncture, VCHM can assist in treating the same health issues as acupuncture, including:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Arthritis/joint disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Post-operative rehab
- Nerve injuries/paralysis
- Skin problems
- Gastrointestinal problem
Herbal medicine is tailored to each pet, based on a regular examination as well as a VCHM tongue and pulse evaluation. Formulas are given orally and typically as a powder, in tea, pill or capsule form. Chinese food therapy is a large part of healing with VCHM so this will often be discussed as we implement a treatment plan.
If you have questions about herbal medicine or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 309-343-6156. You can also book an appointment online.