Food Therapy is one of the four major branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), along with acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Tui Na. In Chinese medicine, food therapy is used alone or in conjunction with the other conventional therapies to treat a wide range of conditions. Diet plans are formulated for the individual patient base on many factors, including inborn traits, age, species, personality, geographic location, and current disease and imbalances. Food ingredients each have their own energetic properties of temperature and taste. Food recipes can typically be classified as:
Health promotion & prevention
- maintains and improves overall health
- prevents seasonal related disease
- prevents climate related problems
- used to treat clinical signs and body imbalances
- used for various conditions, including skin problems and immune system abnormalities
- used as an aid to the primary therapy, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and/or Western medicine
- used for many conditions, including: skin/ear problems, digestion problems (vomit/diarrhea), kidney disease and failure, liver disease, heart conditions, urinary tract problems, cancers and tumors, and other veterinary health problems of dogs and cats.
Veterinary food therapy, although slower in action that acupuncture or herbal medicine, is extremely safe with virtually no side effects. It is also very helpful for pet owners as it allows them to further aid in the health care of their pets. There is better health to be found for our pets that are currently being fed strictly a dry pet food diet. Call today for an appointment to learn how you can better serve your pets health through diet.