Chinese Herbal Therapy
The use of herbs and tinctures in Chinese medicine dates back over 3,000 years. Their use and application is broad and the results often incredible. Besides enhancing overall health, when combined with other treatment modalities herbal therapy can be applied to a litany of medical disorders involving behavior, dermatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology, respiratory, reproduction, and sports medicine or injury.
One of the key objectives in your initial comprehensive appointment with Dr. Macdonald will be to formulate a pattern diagnosis based on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). This analytical process includes tongue and pulse characteristics, body temperature, skin tone and texture, behavior patterns at home and amongst a pack, joint mobility, temperament and more. With this complete picture in mind, the doctor is well suited to design a custom wellness protocol which may include the prescription of herbal formulas for chronic and acute conditions. Most Chinese herbs can be used alone or in conjunction with Western and Eastern medicine. All of the herbs carried by Harmony Holistic Veterinary Care are of the highest industry standards, 100% natural and routinely tolerated by pets when introduced slowly. Most can be administered by capsules, tinctures or powders mixed in with your pet’s food.
The ultimate goal of herbal therapy is to treat disorders naturally, and lower the amount of prescription medication a pet is exposed to. One of the most common examples is the standard western medicine treatment of an arthritic dog, which frequently defaults to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) to treat pain. At Harmony, we believe in treating these patients with herbal therapy in conjunction with acupuncture and a sound pet-appropriate diet regimen. In doing so, it is extremely common for us to control their pain, wean them off of the potentially nephrotoxic (kidney-toxic) NSAID medications, whilst simultaneously improving their energy and cognitive function – an animal in Harmony.