Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, including Acupuncture and herbology, have been used to improve the health of animals for thousands of years. TCVM promotes looking at the entire animal to improve the health of the individual making them capable of responding to ailment or disease. This approach also leads to disease prevention and better performance by the patient. Over the past 40 years Acupuncture has gained popularity in the United States as current research has begun to support its efficacy and explain some of the mechanism behind its use. Acupuncture can be used as complementary treatment to many disease processes and is extremely effective at controlling pain. It is listed by the WHO as effective treatment for over 40 diseases and can improve the outcome of patients treated with conventional medicine. It important to know there are strengths and weakness to both TCVM and western medicine. Western medicine provides veterinarians with more accurate diagnostics and necessary surgical treatments to save our patients. Western medicine however is not as good at managing chronic disease and medications may have unwanted side effects. TCVM on the other hand has very few unwanted side effects and is extremely effective for the treatment of chronic disease, pain relief and the management of geriatric patients. It also allows for a more tailored approach to an individual patient rather than a one size fits all treatment.
Dr. Jill Barabas began studying at the internationally known Chi Institute in Reddick. Florida in 2013. Since then she has been integrating acupuncture and herbology into her practice. She currently teaches at the Chi Institute and has recently become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Dr. B has seen improved outcome in many of her cases including treatment for lameness, liver disease and geriatric management. She believes the best approach to medicine is an integrated approach.
Acupuncture and Herbology is useful in the treatment of: