In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), Food Therapy is truly instrumental in attaining a state of health. In conventional medicine, the mind-set is that foods have basic components: vitamins & minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Thus, the belief is that a "healthy diet" encompasses a specific ratio of these components. In TCVM, foods are so much more.
Much like Chinese herbs, each whole food has its own unique properties:
• Nature (yin vs yang)
• Flavor (salty vs bitter vs pungent/spicy vs sweet vs sour)
• Affinity for specific meridians/organ systems
• Direction (upward vs downward)
• Temperature (cool vs warm vs neutral)
For example: in the summer cucumber and mint provide cooling effects, whereas ginger and cayenne pepper provide warming effects in winter.
A TCVM practitioner can design and/or tailor an individual diet for a pet based on that pet's Chinese medical diagnosis along with the understanding of the inherent properties of foods. These individualized diets create a balancing effect, thereby improving a variety of conditions. The goal is not just in restoring health, but in maintaining heath as well.
Once a foundational nutrition program has been established, the body will often give clues, in the form of mild symptoms, as to what organ system or tissue is in need of repair. Through the use of therapeutic nutritional products, such as Standard Process and Whole-istic Solutions, the body can be assisted in repairing tissue that has been damaged when early, unresolved imbalances move into tissue changes. Supporting and healing specific organs/tissues will enhance the health of the patient. Unlike some pharmaceutical drugs, whole food nutritional products will not interfere with any holistic modalities. In addition, whole food nutritional supplements do not interfere with any medications prescribed by a conventional veterinarian. Please note, synthetic vitamins are manufactured similarly to pharmaceutical drugs and will cause organ stress and, ultimately, cell damage. For more information on whole food vitamins vs. synthetic vitamins, please see Importance of Nutrition.