Dog Acupuncture | Chinese Herbal Medicine | Dr. Taryn Rathbone
Animal Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called "qi", that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal formulas are an important part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). Like Western medications, these formulas are prescribed to a specific patient for a specific condition. Herbal formulas are not supplements and should not be fed to other animals without explicit instructions from a veterinarian! Used correctly, these formulas will help your dog improve more quickly and may decrease the number of acupuncture treatments needed. In some cases, herbal medicine may be used instead of acupuncture.The herbal formulas come as either capsules or as a powder that can be mixed with food. Most dogs will eat the herbs without a problem, especially when they are introduced in small amounts and slowly increased to full dose. They can also be mixed with a tasty treat to make them more palatable. All of the herbal formulas prescribed by Peak Performance Canine Care are produced by Dr. Xie's Jing Tang Herbal, Inc., a professional manufacturer and supplier of veterinary herbal formulas.At Dr. Xie's Jing Tang Herbal, individual herbs, like those pictured to the left, are ground into a powder and combined in appropriate ratios to create formulas designed to treat specific conditions. Quality control is imperative for Chinese herbal medicine to be both safe and effective. Click here to read more about Jing Tang Herbal's quality control standards.