Relief Alternatives

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine can remedy chronic ailments.

By Lisa Hanks

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Barney, a 19-year-old domestic shorthair, was in pain and walked with a swaying gait to ease his arthritic hips. He was in too much pain to groom himself, and he slept poorly. After one acupuncture session and a therapeutic massage of his back and hips, he was walking with more ease and began to groom more. After four treatments, he walked with even more ease and actually frisked and played for short periods. 

Thanks to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), which has been around for almost 50 years and developed from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for people, Barney now acts close to normal. 

TCM has been around for thousands of years, and uses a complex system of diagnostics and treatments based on the theory of balance in both the body and in the universe. It generally includes the concept of balancing the properties of yin (dark, moist, cool, consolidating and nourishing) and yang (light, dry, warm, expansive and energetic) opposites and the five elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood. According to this ancient Chinese philosophy, disease is caused by an imbalance or blockage of energy (chi) in the body.

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Jo Ann    Lodgepole, NE

3/24/2011 6:46:29 PM

Great article. I've always had an interest in Asian Medicine!

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