Veterinary Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
We are pleased to announce that HIGHlands Veterinary Hospital is now offering a variety of alternative therapies for your pets!
Consults will be conducted by Dr. Ruby Petersen, DVM (USA), Ph.D. (Sydney), and CVA (IVAS). She has specialised in TCM since 2000.
TCM is comprised of four different sections:
TCM is designed to support the body in self-healing. It views the body as an energetic system that can become out of balance, and TCM treatment stimulates internal physiological changes to resolve disease patterns rather than focusing on specific symptoms. TCM can be used as a separate modality, in conjunction with conventional medicine, or as support and maintenance for a healthy pet.
TCM’s foundation is “Qi,” or life energy, which flows through the body in invisible channels known as meridians. A Qi blockage, deficiency, or excess results in disease. Conventional medical diagnostics can help identify organ or musculoskeletal problems, but TCM adds diagnostic tools based on your pet’s overall history, disposition, tongue colour, and pulse characteristics.
Your pet’s body has hundreds of acupuncture points along the meridians, and these points have an increased density of inflammatory mediators, nerve bundles, lymphatic flow, and blood supply. Acupuncture points and meridians are associated with specific organs and disease patterns. Fine needles are inserted at a combination of acupuncture points to stimulate Qi movement and address body imbalances contributing to disease.
Chinese herbal medicine also treats body imbalances and underlying disease processes. Chinese herbs can be combined with acupuncture treatments, or used as a single modality, to provide the best outcome for your pet.
Animals are generally accepting of the treatments without sedation and often come to enjoy them. These are just some of the conditions that TCM has shown to be particularly effective in treating: