Using food therapy further supports the results achieved by the herbal and acupuncture treatments. TCVM offers well developed strategies to develop the proper diet for companion animals. Foods have different energetic properties that -- when properly applied -- can assist in healing and disease prevention. For example, watermelon is cooling and reduces excess heat in the body. Hot peppers cause vasodilation and releases to the exterior to dispel toxins. TCVM food therapy is an ancient and well researched system of health and healing.