Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has been practiced in China for over 3,000 years. TCVM includes four branches: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui-Na (a form of medical manipulations, massage, and acupressure), and Food Therapy. Dr. Van Dyke will determine appropriate treatment on an individual basis after conducting a detailed history, examination and personality evaluation of your animal.
“TCVM is a holistic approach that is suited to assessing the well-being of the whole patient. Treatments are generally non-invasive with few side effects; however, TCVM lacks the tools necessary to pinpoint illness to specific disease-causing agents, like pathogenic bacteria or viruses, and treatments are better suited for chronic conditions than acute ones. In many ways, TCVM and WVM [Western Veterinary Medicine] each has what the other lacks; thus, the best medical system involves the integration of the two systems so that the strengths of one can compensate for the weakness of the other.” Dr. Huisheng Xie in Rosenthal, Samantha. Veterinary Acupuncture: Paving the Way for Integrated Care. Florida Veterinary Medical Association Advocate. 2018; 4:4-6.