Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCVM)
Acupuncture and TCVM are ancient forms of medical treatment that have been adapted and developed into very effective tools for healing in modern veterinary medicine.
Veterinary acupuncture is the treatment of conditions or symptoms by the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body in order to produce a response. It has been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions such as: traumatic soft tissue and nerve injuries, surgical recovery, intervertebral disc disease, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, asthma, allergic dermatitis, lick granuloma, gastrointestinal problems, kidney disease and most commonly chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis.
It is performed using thin, sterile needles that are inserted into specific points for a duration of a few seconds to 30 min. It may be combined with using a micro current (electro-acupuncture), injections of Vit B12/saline at acupuncture points (aqua-puncture), and/or massage. It is common to return weekly for 4-6 weeks for painful or chronic conditions and then monthly or as needed for maintenance. There may be an initial twinge when needles are being placed, then it is typical for the patient to become very relaxed and even fall asleep.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a complete system of medicine developed in China and then adapted for veterinary medicine. A TCVM diagnostician takes a comprehensive history and performed a detailed physical exam to disclose patterns of disease and formulate a therapy that can address both treatment and prevention of disease. It is common for a TCVM practitioner to use acupuncture, herbs, massage, acupressure, food therapy and exercise to maintain health and treat disease. Acupuncture and TCVM are very successful in the hands of the appropriately trained practitioner.
Dr. Kimberly Freeman completed the CHI Institute course in 2006 and went on to be certified in Acupuncture in 2007. She has completed additional coursework in Tongue and Pulse diagnosis, Herbal formulas and Food Therapy. She is looking forward to meeting you and helping your pet with an integrative approach to medicine.
Online referral lists: CHI Institute, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Altvetmed.org, ahvma.org.