Chinese Herbal Medicines

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of medicine developed in China. Its roots are in writings and practices which were developed over millennia. TCM uses acupuncture, herbs and other natural substances, acupressure, food therapy, and exercise to maintain health and treat disease.

Chinese herbs can be used to treat most conditions recognized by conventional medicine. They can be used alone or combined with other therapies for an enhanced effect. Often a TCM herbal and a conventional prescription will be used together.

TCM herbal prescriptions are not available over the counter; they are prescribed the same as conventional pharmaceutical drugs. The herbs used in these prescriptions are from the same companies as those used to treat humans. They have been tested for purity and quality. TCM herbs are safe and effective and can be used for long periods of time with minimal to no side-effects when prescribed and used appropriately.

Herbal medications come in a variety of formulations: pills, tablets, capsules, liquids, topical tinctures, washes or pastes, and concentrated herbal extracts in powder or granule form. The formulation used depends on the type of condition treated and the species of animal.

The Doctors here at Brady will be happy to discuss any questions you may have about TCM and what might be the best course of treatment for your pet.

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