Traditional Chinese

Veterinary Medicine

 

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TVCM) has been used in China for about 3000 years.   Originally the practice was handed down from father to son and you were only paid if you made your patient well.   So you either got good at it or your family line died out.  Records dating back thousands of years still exist defining methods of diagnosis and treatment.  Many of the herbal formulas are well over 500 years old.


TCVM is based in the belief that if the body is balanced, it will keep itself well.  When the body is sick - a pattern develops. Schools of Chinese Medicine revolve around the method of defining the patterns. The two most common are The 8 Principles and The 5 Elements Schools.  The 8 principles define the problem and the 5 elements classify it. 

8 Principles



Exterior/Interior

Are internal organs effected ?

Hot/Cold

How do they feel and smell ?

Deficiency/Excess

Are they young and strong or old and weak ?

Yin/Yang

Yin is cool, dark, quiet, pale

Yang is hot, loud, infected

 

5 Elements   



Fire

Heart, Small intestine, Mind

Earth

Spleen, Stomach, digestion

Metal

Lung, Large Intestine, immune system

Water

Kidney, Bladder, genetics

Wood

Liver, Gallbladder, circulation

 

Each of the 5 elements is related to many different things - seasons, colors. times of day, sounds, etc.  Thorough and detailed histories help establish the patterns.  Once the pattern is defined, treatment is aimed at bringing the body back to balance so it can heal itself.  Treatment involves one or more of the  five different branches of TCVM - Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tuina, Food Therapy and Qi Gong