Chinese Herbal Medicine for Pets
Chinese herbs have served as the foundation for “Traditional Chinese Medicine”, or TCM, for over 5,000 years. The fundamental idea of living in harmony with nature and the environment forms the basis for the use of Chinese herbs as well as the traditional Chinese approach to health. Chinese herbs are welcomed by progressive pet caregivers who seek natural, healthy and balanced alternative remedies.
Chinese medicine is very different from the western scientific approach we are accustomed to. Chinese medical practitioners promote a healthful balance of yin and yang, two forces present in all of nature. When yin or yang forces or chi/energy levels are off-balance in the body and spirit, health problems can arise. Chinese herbal remedies are used to help realign a pet’s yin or yang balance in order to improve overall well-being. Chinese herbal formulas include hundreds of popular organic ingredients that work in harmony to produce the desired effects. These ingredients are primarily of plant origin, and may include roots, bark, seeds, flowers, and leaves. Each organic ingredient has unique characteristics (yin/yang balancing, chi/energy boosting, etc.) which are reinforced and harmonized in comprehensive, ancient Chinese formulas that have been passed down through the years.
Herb combinations are formulated as a liquid, powder or capsule to ease administration to your pet.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are often used together for more effective results. For more information on Chinese herbal medicine for your pet, call Westside Pet Hospital today at (541) 678-5440!
Frequently Asked Questions about Chinese Herbs:
Are herbs safe?
Chinese herbal formulas have been used for thousands of years to treat disease. They rarely react adversely with other medications. The most common side effect when beginning herbal therapy is loose stools.
How long does my pet need to take herbal medicine?
Length of treatment depends on the condition, generally ranging from two to eight months. As a general rule, the more severe the problem and the longer your pet has had symptoms, the longer the course of treatment.
How are herbs given?
Herbs either come as a powder or a capsule. They are mixed with your pet’s food and given twice daily.