A TCVM exam differs from a Western veterinary examine in that the animal's tongue and pulses are examined to determine if the condition is one of deficiency or excess, Yin, Yang, Qi, or Blood deficiency, Yin or Yang excess, and which Zang- Fu meridian is affected (example: Kidney/Bladder, Liver/ Gallbladder). The patient's constitution is determined using the 5 element system. For example: In general, Rottweilers tend to be Wood constitutions. According to TCVM theory, wood rules tendons and ligaments. This breed is frequently seen for knee tendon and ligament injuries. The pet's preferences (hot or cold surfaces, likes massage or not, other behavioral traits and environmental factors) are also considered to help determine the pattern of disease.
After I have thoroughly examined your pet, we will consider the complete range of healing modalities -- Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tui Na, and Food Therapy -- used in TCVM to determine the best course for restoring his or her health. The treatment will most likely include a combination of these modalities.