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Dr. Weaver has completed coursework at the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) in equine acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Dr. Gilbert had completed coursework through IVAS, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. All three Doctors enjoy incorporating TCVM in addition to conventional diagnostic and treatment modalities to optimize clinical outcomes.

Acupuncture and TCVM has been used to treat various medical conditions in humans and animals for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture and TCVM approach the animal as a whole and not just as isolated systems, hence the term “holistic” medicine. TCVM is based on the theory that the life force or energy within the body called “Chi” runs along specific pathways throughout the body. These energy pathways or “meridians” are associated with specific internal organs and the musculoskeletal system. Disease and pain in the body are the result of blockages or stagnation of this flow of Chi. The goal of acupuncture and TCVM is to resolve these blockages. Very fine needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted through the skin at specific acupoints throughout the body to restore the correct flow of Chi, resolve stagnation, relieve pain and allow the body to heal itself.

Acupuncture has recently been supported by modern research methods to be a safe and effective means of treating many different conditions. Acupuncture in the horse has been found to be most effective for treating musculoskeletal conditions, such as muscle soreness, back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, obscure lameness, and laminitis. It has also been shown to be effective in treating facial and radial nerve paresis, laryngeal hemiplegia, anhydrosis (non-sweating) and behavior problems. Often times acupuncture is used in conjunction with chinese herbs to optimize results and help restore the bodies natural balance.

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