Acupuncture & TCVM

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)

Dr. Mark is committed to drawing on both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine in order to achieve the best outcomes for our patients, and is proud to bring acupuncture and TCVM to pets in the Roncesvalles and High Park communities. In 2017 Dr. Mark became certified as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medical practitioner and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, and he is in the process of certifying as a Chinese Herbalist to further enhance the care he is able to provide to our patients. 

Acupuncture can benefit a variety of conditions and injuries. Determining and resolving the underlying reasons why illness is occurring is one of the aspects of TCVM’s approach that can reduce the cumulative effect of chronic illness. Since most pets’ health problems are diagnosed once illness has become very advanced, it is vital to strive to prevent disease from occurring.

What Can Veterinary Acupuncture Do for My Dog or Cat?

  1. Veterinary acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.
  2. Relaxation of muscles at the site of needle insertion and more distant locations body is achieved with veterinary acupuncture treatment, creating both a local and generalized pain relieving effect.
  3. Veterinary acupuncture improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins.
  4. Unlike prescription and over the counter pain medications, veterinary acupuncture lacks potential adverse side effects for your pet’s internal organs.
  5. Your pet’s medications or supplements will not adversely interact with veterinary acupuncture treatment; therefore it can safely be used to treat a variety of illnesses.

How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?

The goal of acupuncture is to promote the body to heal itself. From a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) perspective, veterinary acupuncture encourages healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body. Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. These collections of nervous and vascular tissue are termed acupuncture points, which course over all aspects of the body’s surface on meridians (energy channels). The meridians permit a cycle of energy to occur throughout the entire body over the course of the day’s 24 hours.

Veterinary Food Therapy

In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), food is medicine. Specific foods may be used to help balance the body to aid in healing while treating specific conditions with acupuncture and herbal therapy. Many foods have different thermal properties. That is, some foods are warming and some are cooling to the body. Depending on the animal’s diagnosis, a diet with warming or cooling properties may be prescribed as part of the therapy. Dietary considerations for specific medical conditions are designed according to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles.