Nutritional Therapy



The Power of Food

There is truth to the old saying: “food is the medicine you take every day.” The healing power of food is a central belief in Chinese Medicine, as food therapy is one of the four major branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). Like other TCVM modalities, the ultimate goal of food therapy is to restore and maintain balance in the body. Diet plans are tailored to individual patients based on their unique tendencies, age, species, geographical location, personality, and current disharmony or disease process. Food ingredients are chosen based on their energetic properties, which include both thermal energetic property and taste. Although the effects are slower compared to other modalities, there are virtually no side effects when food ingredients are chosen correctly. Food therapy is also very popular amongst owners as it empowers them to take part in their animal's TCVM therapy and can be used safely throughout the pet’s lifetime.


Developing a Recipe

Chinese food therapy recipes are developed according to TCVM theory (Yin-Yang, Five Elements, Eight Principles and Zang-Fu Physiology and Pathology) and are specific to particular patient types and health conditions. These recipes can typically be classified into one of the following categories:

  • Health Promotion and Prevention - to improve health on a regular basis and to prevent climate-related and seasonal problems
  • Disease Treatment - to directly treat clinical conditions, including skin problems, autoimmune diseases, and immunodeficiency
  • Adjunct Therapy - to complement primary treatments (acupuncture, herbs, or Western Medicine) of diseases such as otitis, urinary crystals and stones, UTI, IBD, CHF, cancer, renal failure, and liver failure