Herbal Therapy: What Is It and How Does It Work
Herbal formulas are often used as a single treatment or as part of an integrative care plan. Combining herbal formulas with conventional drugs will often enhance the pet’s recovery or slow the progression of a disease. Dr. Shearer is trained in use of Chinese herbal therapies to help manage disease processes ranging from digestive and respiratory disorders to pain and cancer support.
Unlike Western herbs, Chinese herbal formulas use a combination of herbs to achieve a desired effect that most often has additional health benefits. For example, the herbal formula Ming Mu Di Huang (developed in 1644) helps to manage eye problems, but also supports kidney and liver health. The pharmaceutical background of one of herbals in the formula (Sheng Di Huang) contain iridoidal glycosides.Studies have revealed that iridoids have neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulating, hepatoprotective, cardioprotective, anticancer, anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, hypoglycaemic, hypolipidaemic, choleretic, antispasmodic and purgative properties.
All herbal formulas used by Dr. Shearer are purchased from Jing Tang Herbal, Inc., a company that has developed and manufactured herbal products since 1999. All of the herbal products are manufactured strictly in compliance with cGMP regulations and standards. Jing Tang brand herbal products are distributed exclusively through licensed doctors for the best and safest care of the consumers. Over 200 Jing Tang brand formulas have been developed by Dr. Huisheng Xie, based on a history of 3000 years of traditional Chinese herbal recipe and his over 30 years of clinical experience.
Food Therapy and Tui-na
In addition to acupuncture and herbal therapies, nutrition and food therapy may also affect recovery outcome and is used in TCVM. According to TCVM, certain foods have cooling, warming, and healing properties. The choice of the correct food helps to put the body back in balance and again is more supportive of healing.
Tui-na is a form of manual therapy that utilizes various manipulations to acupuncture points and limb stretching movements to improve quality of life. Qi-gong is a form of energy exercise based on meditation to reduce stress for the pet’s caretaker or veterinarian to utilize. This reduction in stress allows for better focus thus helping with recoveries.