Chinese Herbal Therapy has been used for over 4000 years to relieve discomfort, correct underlying imbalances and cure diseases. The first herbal text written in China was published over 2200 years ago in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.). Chinese herbs are primarily of plant origin (roots, bark, seeds, flowers, and leaves) each of which has its own unique characteristics. Chinese herbal formulas contain carefully selected herbs that are balanced and work synergistically to bring about healing.
Chinese Herbal Therapy, along with the other components of Chinese Medicine, is grounded in the fundamental balance of yin and yang. Treatment strategies are based on proper Chinese medical diagnosis of such imbalances made by a trained practitioner. Proper training ensures that:
- Herb to herb interactions are avoided
- Interactions with pharmaceutical drugs are avoided
- Dosing is appropriate according to age, weight, and species
- Periodic checkups are made to reassess each pet's state and the formulas are adjusted as the body begins to heal.
Each patient's response to Chinese Herbal Therapy is dependent upon:
- A correct Chinese medical diagnosis
- Selection appropriate herbal formulas
- Correct dosage and administration frequency
- The innate recuperative power of each patient's body
- The cooperation of the patient in the treatment process
Thus the response of each pet to this form of Chinese Medicine relies on the teamwork of the client, the pet and a properly trained practitioner.
Chinese herbs have a long history of safety and efficacy when prescribed appropriately. The most common side effects noted in veterinary medicine are diarrhea +/- vomiting. Such symptoms are typically resolved within 24 hours by discontinuing herbal medication. If this occurs, the herbal formula is often decreased in half and given again. If symptoms persist, the formula is discontinued and the trained veterinary practitioner should be contacted.