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A good book for a basic introduction to Tradition Chinese Medicine is Four Paws and Five Directions by Cheryl Schwartz.


It can be ordered at most book stores.


Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM]

TCM has been practiced for centuries in China on both people and animals. The approach includes a very holistic approach incorporating acupuncture and acupressure as well as nutrition and herbs. The system recognizes patterns of imbalances creating disease. The treatment is based upon correcting the imbalances.yinyang

The trick is to recognize the imbalance so that the treatment can begin. As treatment continues, the imbalance will change as it improves and a new treatment may be necessary. The imbalance is recognized through diagnostic acupressure points and assessment of the five elements, the eight priciples, the meridians, the circadian body clock, ad the vital essences. Pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis are used and lots of information about preferences and behavior is considered.

We use both western and Chinese patent herbs when treating based on a TCM diagnosis. Acupressure is often incorporated and taught to the care-giver as well. Acupuncture is in our future as Dr. McAndrew is currently attending the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s basic course.

Again, we believe that many healing modalities work and many work well together and so we try to fit the treatment to the individual need.