Acupuncture is considered to be one of the four branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). The other three branches are: herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na which is Chinese medical massage. Acupuncture is a treatment that involves the stimulation of specific points on the body that is typically achieved through the insertion of specialized needles. In TCVM, these points lie on the Meridian Channel network through which qi (pronounced “chee”) life-energy flows.
Acupuncture and TCVM are often viewed as a form of complementary therapy, and best used in conjunction with modern Western medicine. Both Chinese and Western medicine have their own strengths and weaknesses. TCVM is a holistic approach that is suited to assessing the well-being of the whole patient, and treatments are generally non-invasive with few side effects.
Dr. Shawn Dolan is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) having completed the program through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida. Our acupuncture services are offered for both equine and canine patients.