Have you heard of acupuncture? Chances are that you have as it is a commonly used therapy. But did you know that it can be used to help animal health? & did you know that acupuncture is part of the wider system of therapies/approaches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)?
TCVM has been used for thousands of years in China to help animals be happy and healthy, (yes that’s right – thousands, amazing isn’t it?!!). It’s only over relatively recent years that information on TCVM has been translated into other languages and become more “accessible’ to western veterinary science. The advent of increased travel and technologies have made the exchange of ideas and sciences possible. However, the ancient practices of some TCVM approaches have changed to fit in with more modern methods (e.g. types of needles that are used).
There are many different ways that animal can be helped through TCVM – including:
Understanding Yin and Yang is a fundamental concept in TCVM. Now I don’t know about you, but until I became more interested in complementary therapies for animals I had no knowledge of what Yin and Yang really was, and even then it took some time to find out about it. I’m no expert on it now so won’t attempt to go into a long explanation today!, but here’s a short quote from Lao Tzu (The Tao Te Ching, 2) which helps illustrate the philosophy behind it:
“Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short contrast each other:
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow one another.”
It took me a few times of reading that to really appreciate it, but it is so true.
Five Element Theory is another philosophy arising from ancient China and is relevant to the principle TCVM. Read more about it in my website here
Many veterinary surgeons are now interested in TCVM and learning how it can help support western veterinary medicine. Indeed many Vets are now trained in Veterinary Acupuncture. It’s important to remember that no one approach is right – and definitely not right all of the time. There is a place for TCVM to work alongside other veterinary medicine for the good health of the animal.
For more information on how to find Veterinary Surgeons’ near you specialising in complementary therapies please email me at info @ taranet co. uk
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Until next time
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