Herbal Medicine is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). In China, TCVM treatment consists of 30% acupuncture and 70% Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine has a rich history extending over several thousands of years and has proven to be an effective treatment modality.
Dr. Sifford has successfully mastered three of the five modules in Traditional Chinese Herbal Veterinary Medicine offered by the Chi Institute in Redding, Fl. She is currently taking the fourth module of this series. Each course studies one of the five elements of Chinese Medicine. These courses take well over a year to complete and a lifetime to master. Dr. Linda is one of only a few veterinarians in the five state area to have completed studies in acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui-na and Chinese food therapy.
Frequently asked questions about Herbal Medicine.
Where do herbal medications come from?
Most herbal medications are obtained from China, Taiwan and from companies which grow herbs in the U.S. They are tested for quality and purity and are from the same companies which sell herbs used to treat people. No products from endangered species are used in these herbal formulas.
Do herbal medications have side effects?
Chinese herbs are safe and effective when prescribed by a trained, experienced Chinese herbologist, especially as compared to conventional medications. Side effects are usually seen in the form of mild vomiting and diarrhea which stops after the medication has been discontinued. There are some herbal medications that can invigorate the blood circulation, and because of this property must be discontinued prior to any surgical procedures as they may cause an increase in bleeding.
How often do herbs have to be given?
Herbal prescriptions must be given consistently 1-2 times daily, the same as conventional medications in order to obtain a therapeutic response.
How do I give my pet herbal medications?
The same way as with conventional medications. Herbal powders are usually mixed into food and taken 1-2 times daily. Pills and tablets are usually given with food for easy administration.
How long does it take to see a response from herbal medications?
This depends on the animal and the condition being treated. The average time is 3-14 days. The length of herbal treatment for chronic conditions is difficult to predict. It depends on the animal’s disease, other medications they may be taking and how long their condition has been present.
Why is the herbal medication changed even when my pet seem to be doing well on the current prescription?
This is because over time your pets condition and his or her response to the herbal medication changes. The herb must be re-formulated to take these changes into account in order to maintain or resolve your pet’s problem.