Chinese herbal medicine, known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, is an ancient holistic healing modality that’s becoming increasingly popular in the Western world, especially when it comes to treating pets. This type of medicine uses natural herbs to help the body heal itself, and it often incorporates acupuncture as well in order to jumpstart and assist the effects of the herbs on the body.
Administering Chinese Herbs to Pets
Chinese herbal remedies usually come in pill or tablet form, and they don’t taste good, so it can be difficult to give these medicines to your dog or cat. Teaching your pet to tolerate swallowing a pill will make it a lot easier for you to ensure he’s getting the proper dosage of medicine. When administered properly, though, these herbs can have astoundingly positive effects upon your pet’s overall health and quality of life, as they can help with both acute and chronic conditions. Bear in mind, too, that animals don’t have a placebo effect like humans do, yet many pet owners notice a dramatic difference in how their pets behave after they’re given these healing herbs, thus proving their effectiveness and value.
Conditions That Can Be Treated with Chinese Herbs
There are a variety of conditions that can be treated using Chinese herbs. Always work under the guidance of an experienced, trustworthy, and caring veterinarian before administering any of these remedies to your pet. It’s important to properly diagnose your pet’s condition and then determine the right remedies based upon his unique constitution and condition. And, of course, the dosage needs to also be correct in order for the remedies to be effective. Plus, some herbs do come with side effects, and only a veterinarian will be able to determine what herbs are best for your pet and which ones won’t be appropriate.
Arthritis – Chinese herbal combinations can be used to treat arthritis in pets by dispelling dampness and wind in the joints, back, and knees that, according to TCM, result in pain, stiffness, and weakness. Some vets have found that herbal formulations can be as effective, if not more effective, than drugs often prescribed for arthritis, and that relief can be seen in a matter of days.
Cancer – Cancer treatments can be supplemented with Chinese herbs in order to protect the pet’s body from the damaging side effects of conventional treatments and stimulate the immune system to fight off the disease. Many pets do better when they’re given Chinese herbs in addition to other remedies, whether conventional or holistic or a combination of the two.
Urinary Tract Issues – Cats, in particular, are susceptible to urinary tract problems, especially when they’re fed a poor quality diet. Chinese herbs work by eliminating the damp heat and the stones and inflammation that occur with infections of the urinary tract. Some of these herbal remedies can also be used long-term to prevent recurrent infections.
Many other conditions can also benefit from the use of Chinese herbs, including asthma, digestive issues, epilepsy, parasitic infections, and skin ailments. If your pet isn’t responding to conventional treatments or you don’t want to subject him to the harsh side effects of prescription drugs, these herbs, along with other holistic remedies, can be the solution.
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