Here at Norwood Animal Hospital, Dr. Man is our certified veterinary herbalist and food therapist and is currently pursuing her Masters in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and certification in acupuncture and Tui-Na (acupressure).
TCVM is a medical system that has been used in China for over 3,000 years and for decades in the United States. It focuses on the individual to correct any imbalances or weaknesses within the body to promote optimum wellness.
Integrative appointments are usually 45-60 minutes. A questionnaire may be sent to you to fill out prior to your pet’s visit.
It is used to treat a wide variety of conditions in dogs and cats, including arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, asthma, kidney/liver disease, urinary issues, digestive seizures, heart disease, and behavior problems.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of a needle or injectable substance into specific locations to address and treat imbalances (disease) in the body. It can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, and relieve pain.
An acupuncture session varies in length, running from 5-30 minutes, depending on the condition and specific method used. The frequency will depend on the severity of the condition.
What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine is the use of formulas containing plant parts and minerals to treat specific conditions. Herbal formulas contain ingredients that work together to treat a disease as well mitigate potential side effects from the herbs. It can be used to alleviate pain, treat cancer and cancer treatment side effects, and skin diseases.
Majority of herbal formulas are safe to use and usually are consume orally. There are some herbal formulas that can be applied topically, if needed.
What is Food Therapy?
Food therapy is the practice of using a patient’s diet to directly treat their condition.
What is Tui-Na?
Tui-na is a form of Chinese medical massage therapy that is often used to prevent and treat disease.