Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system used in China for thousands of years.

It approaches disease as imbalances in the body and looks for patterns that can help the practitioner correct the imbalance. Instead of focusing on the disease, it focuses on the manifestations of imbalance in the patient and works to correct these. It is a more patient-focused and holistic approach to medicine and can often offer better solutions to long-term issues than Western Medicine does.

TCM focuses on the energy and ability of the body to heal itself. It considers the patient’s temperament, daily activity, medical history, diet, and many other factors when determining a patient’s pattern.

TCM uses acupuncture, herbal therapy, food therapy, and medical-massage (Tui-na) to approach patterns of disease. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a branch of TCM that treats animals.

If you schedule your pet for an integrative care appointment with Dr. Ramesar, you will be asked to fill out a TCVM questionnaire in advance. The first appointment may be up to 45-60 min long and involve additional discussion of your pet’s history, an exam, and first acupuncture treatment if indicated. Dr. Ramesar can also use information gathered to get an herbal recommendation if it is determined that herbal therapy may help your pet.

Scheduling a TCVM Appointment?

Fill out our Acupuncture / Traditional Chinese Medicine History Questionnaire ahead of your appointment.

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