Wednesday, February 02, 2011
dog had been to his regular vet and the dermatologist, had a lot of money spent
on him, but acupuncture and herbs cured his allergies in a short time. Now he comes to get acupuncture for
maintenance.” (said to a vet assistant by a satisfied client) Acupuncture and
herbs have helped many dogs get relief from itchy skin, hives, skin break outs,
ear infections or redness, itchy feet, yeast infections, staph infections,
mange, and fungal infections such as ringworm.
and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM) have many herbal formulas
and techniques such as food therapy to treat all these skin, or dermatological,
issues in dogs. Since TCVM looks
at each patient as an individual, tongue and pulse diagnosis is made at each visit
to assess the specific pattern.
For example, “wind heat” would be treated differently than “damp
heat.” The lungs, liver or spleen
may need to be addressed, from a TCVM perspective, to help the patient’s immune
system or clear the skin lesions.
this with standard veterinary medicine where steroids and antibiotics are the
mainstay of treatment for skin issues.
For those interested in using herbs or natural remedies instead, there
are lots of options. Recent
marketing of over the counter herbal products for pets has really
skyrocketed. Some of these
products may be helpful for some patients. However, it can be trial and error to find which ones, unless
you have a certified veterinary TCM practitioner assess their pattern. Also, some internet herbal sites for
pets are run by acupuncture students who have no experience with animals, are
not veterinarians, and provide no customer support. Buyer beware!
(see “Treating allergies in
dogs with natural therapies—beyond allergy shots,” “Holistic tips for pets:
skin” and “Holistic tips for pets: ears”)