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The Benefits of Chinese Herbal Medicine

July 1, 2021

One thing that we are happy to offer here at Westside Pet Hospital is Chinese herbal medicine. This is an ancient practice, but one that is becoming more and more popular here in the west. A Bend, OR veterinarian lists some benefits of Chinese herbal medicine in this article.

Few Side Effects

This is a huge benefit of Chinese herbal medicine. The herbs used are very safe, and generally have few—if any—side effects. This isn’t to say that Western pharmaceutical medicines are not beneficial: they can literally save lives. However, some do have side effects. For instance, NSAIDs and other medicines can be hard on Fido’s liver. Your vet may recommend opting for a gentler, herbal remedy for some pooches.

Whole Body Health

Chinese herbal medicine doesn’t just focus on one specific part of the body. It looks to treat the pet’s body as a whole. It often works best when combined with the other pillars of Chinese veterinary medicine: acupuncture, nutritional therapy, and Tui-Na, which is a massage technique that focuses on manipulating the flow of energy, or Qi, through the body.

Best Of Both Worlds

It’s important not to view Eastern and Western medicines in an either/or light. In fact, Chinese herbal medicine often works hand in hand—or hand in paw—with modern Western medicine. This allows us, as veterinarians, to offer our clients the best of both worlds. This often results in the best outcome for our furry patients.


Chinese herbal medicine can be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses. Some of the more common ones include arthritis; skin problems, such as hot spots; and gastrointestinal issues. Of course, no matter what illness is being addressed, the focus is always the same: on helping the body heal itself from within. 

Treat Imbalances

This is one area where the approach to veterinary medicine differs drastically from that of Western Medicine. Chinese medicine looks to treat imbalances in the body. This is always a very individual diagnosis: three pets with the same condition could have three different underlying imbalances. By addressing these imbalances, Chinese medicine treats not just the medical problem itself, but also its root causes.

Do you want to learn more about Chinese herbal medicine, and how it can benefit your pet? Are you interested in pet acupuncture? Contact us, your local Bend, OR pet acupuncture clinic, today!

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