Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCVM) believes in the healing power of food. Food is medicine. Food therapy is the art and science of tailoring diet plans to your pet based on their unique tendencies, age, species, geographical location, personality, and current disharmony (this refers to the TCVM diagnosis that your pet has). Once Dr. Duffner has performed an Eastern medical exam on your pet and made the TCVM diagnosis, special foods will be recommended to either add to or remove from your pet’s diet.

Like other TCVM modalities, the goal of food therapy is to restore and maintain balance in your pet’s body. However, given its very nature, the effects are slower-acting than treatments like acupuncture and herbal medicine. On the other hand, there are virtually no side effects when food ingredients are chosen correctly. You can use food therapy safely throughout your pet’s lifetime. Moreover, the practice is very popular amongst owners as it empowers them to take part in the TCVM therapy for their animals.

As part of a balanced TCVM nutrition program for our canine patients, Dr. Duffner recommends ChiDog diets. These diets are formulated by a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist, and are prescribed by TCVM Five Element Theory. Please contact Dr. Duffner or ChiDog for more information. To order, please use the following url:

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