Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Taurine: What You Should Know!
The Link Between Taurine and DCM Disease in Dogs Recently the FDA has reported a potential link between grain-free diets and heart disease (Dilated Cardiomyopathy or DCM) in dogs . The great news is that fresh pet foods have not been implicated in the possible correlation. How does Traditional Chinese Medicine view the incidence of […]
Understanding the Five Energies of TCVM…Part 1… The Elements
UNDERSTANDING THE FIVE ENERGIES OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is based on a core belief in balance. TCVM practitioners believe that everything in the universe, including the body, has two opposite aspects called Yin and Yang. This balance has everything to do with overall health. As the Huang Di Nei Jing says, […]
Yin, Yang and more…Part 2
So, what does it all mean and how does all of this factor into my approach to veterinary care? Back to my candle analogy….. I don’t want your dog’s flame to extinguish when there is still wax in the candle to be burned. These dogs die too early, when they could have enjoyed much more […]
Yin, Yang and more…Part 1
In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), in order to understand health, illness, diagnosing and treating diseases, Yin and Yang are the foundation. Because of Yin and Yang’s interconnectivity, illness is understood as the imbalance of Yin and Yang. Remember from my last blog post, Ideal health is created in balance… living more towards the middle […]
Chinese Medicine and your Dog
When I was asked to write a blog series on Integrative Veterinary Care (the intersection between standard veterinary practice and a more holistic “alternative medicine” approach to veterinary medicine) I immediately knew what I would like to accomplish. I would like to encourage, empower and equip you with additional (practical) options that will help your […]
What is Qi?
What is Qi (or Chi) and how does is it affect my Dog’s Health? Qi, (pronunced Chee) in Traditional Chinese Medicine describes your Energy or Life Force. The Chinese Character “Qi” depicts cloudy vapors, like steam rising off of rice. The ancient Chinese gave the name Qi to recognize that something as alive. Qi defines […]