1. What is holistic medicine?
This philosophy recognizes that the whole animal needs to be treated, not just the illness, to put the
animal in a better position to heal.
2. What is Chinese medicine?
Chinese medicine began thousands of years ago and uses acupuncture, nutrition, and herbal medicine
to bring the body into balance.
3. What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to cause a healing effect. Disease
is the result of an imbalance of energy (Qi) in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy, letting
the body heal. In Western terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting physiological changes.
It can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones.
4. Can you treat any illness?
Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine that can treat any condition, but Western medicine is more effective for acute trauma, toxin ingestion or surgical conditions. Chinese medicine is especially good
for any musculoskeletal disorders (arthritis) and pain management, skin or gastrointestinal conditions, cancer treatment (even with chemotherapy or radiation therapy), and behavioral issues.
5. Does acupuncture hurt?
Generally, acupuncture does not hurt. The sterile needles are about the size of a hair. Some patients are painful
or nervous so they may be jumpy or sensitive. Frequently, the animals relax after the first few needles have been
placed and may even fall asleep.
6. How many treatments will my pet need?
It depends on the Chinese diagnosis, your pet's general health, and the severity or chronicity of disease.
I usually start with one treatment every week or two, then adjust the schedule based on your pet's needs.
7. If my pets become your patient, do I stop seeing my 'regular' vet?
You need to continue seeing your vet. The Western diagnostics they provide are important for your pet's health.
8. Are Chinese herbs safe?
Just like with any medications, herbs are only safe when used correctly to treat the correct Chinese diagnosis.