In Chinese Medicine theory, disease is understood as an imbalance in the body, and diagnosis proceeds through identifying the underlying “pattern” of disharmony. Pattern diagnosis differs from conventional Western medical diagnosis in that it takes into account not only disease signs but how these signs relate to the individual patient. Thus, TCVM practitioners will consider the temperament, sex, age, activity, and environment of an animal along with the animal’s particular disease signs. This approach stems from the belief that the body is as an interconnected system of forces and functions so that disease and disharmony must be examined with respect to the whole patient. For this reason, Chinese Medicine is often regarded as more holistic than conventional Western Medicine.
-Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Acupuncture is an ancient yet effective Chinese therapy that can be likened to an electrician correcting the electrical flow to the fuse boxes and electrical switches within your pet’s body to improve energy flow (Qi) thereby decreasing pain, improving organ and organ system functionality, and promoting the alleviation of disturbances that cause illness.
Acupuncture utilizes the use of small needles that stimulate different points and channels (meridians) throughout the body that redirect and restore normal electrical rhythm.