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Chinese Herbs

The use of herbal medicine in China has a track record of over 5,000 years. Over the centuries, techniques and herb blends have been refined. Mixtures of single herbs (formulas) are often used. The main herb treats the complaint and others are included to minimize side effects, assist the main herb, and so on. Since modern disease names, such as diabetes and lupus, were not known thousands of years ago, Chinese physicians were, and still are, trained to identify patterns of illness. Chinese diagnoses such as “damp heat” or “spleen qi deficiency” are made using a physical exam of tongue and pulse, in addition to symptoms. This information narrows down the long list of herbs available to the practitioner. If the chosen formula is a good fit, patients will often show improvement within a few weeks. Over time, these symptoms resolve and a new set may appear. Layers of illness are peeled off to eventually reveal the healthy individual within.

Essential Oils

These oils are the fluid extract which plants use to fight disease, and can be helpful in humans and pets for the same purpose. The oils are used by diffusion (breathed), topically, and sometimes orally.



Meaning “human toxins”, homotoxicology views disease as the body’s response to toxins. Examples might be pollutants, cleaning agents, vaccines, medication, chemicals in carpet and paint, even products produced from normal cell metabolism. The use of homeopathic remedies helps the patient to “detox” these substances, which helps organs and tissues to heal. These remedies are made from very diluted plant and mineral materials, so any side effects are minimized. Homeopathic remedies assist the body’s natural ability to heal and the effects can be quite powerful. Classical homeopathy is a healing system that has been used for 150 years, and is still a widely practiced medicine in many countries. In India, the homeopath is considered the family’s primary physician. In a classical approach, single remedies of a single potency are given. It is an extremely effective system of healing when the remedy and dose are correct. (The latter is the tricky part!). In homotoxicology, mixtures of remedies and potencies specific to the disease process are given, using our modern understanding of tissue and cell biology to aid in the removal of toxins. Some call homotox “modern homeopathy”. Results may be more consistent than with classical homeopathy, as the body is offered a wider variety of choices, still very specific to symptoms.



The old saying “you are what you eat” is so true, especially in today’s world. Poor quality ingredients, chemical preservatives, food dyes, species-inappropriate diets, food sensitivities can all contribute to ill health. Dogs and cats have been fed from their owners tables for thousands of years. But since the introduction of kibble diets ~ 50 years ago, their general level of health and lifespan has decreased. Of course, other factors such as pollution, vaccination, medication and sedentary lifestyles likely play a role as well. A discussion about diet options for your pet will take place at your first exam.


These supplements are made from animal organs and plants. Like many supplements, the effects may not be immediate. But over time glandular products can be very helpful in supplying tissues with the micronutrients they need to heal. Once the organ is working more normally, they are often discontinued.

Flower Essences

These remedies are made from the water in which a certain plant has rested (not from the whole leaf, as in herbal medicine). They are made in liquid form, and can be taken by mouth, given in drinking water (kitties!), applied to skin, even sprayed in the air. Flower essences are very gentle and are especially helpful in healing behavioral or emotional issues.

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