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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used in China for over 2000 years to maintain health in humans and animals. TCM includes herbs, acupuncture, and massage. Herbal therapy and acupuncture are typically used together, as the combined effect is greater than using one of them alone.
The herbs used in our formulations are from the same companies as those used to treat humans. They have been tested for purity and quality. TCM herbs are safe and effective and can be used for long periods of time with minimal to no side effects when prescribed and used appropriately.
Chinese herbs can be used to treat most conditions recognized by conventional medicine. They can be used alone or combined with other therapies for an enhanced effect. Often a TCM herbal and a conventional prescription will be used together. TCM herbs are especially helpful in the treatment of chronic diseases, and diseases of the geriatric animal. They can be used to relieve pain, help improve and restore organ function, strengthen and support the immune system, and more. Dr. Battistella's herbal prescriptions are custom made, based on the needs of the individual patient.
In general, TCM herbal prescriptions must be given for longer periods of time than pharmaceutical drugs, but the benefit lies in their natural ability to gradually return the body to a state of balance and health, without side-effects. Herbal medications come in a variety of formulations, most commonly powders or liquids. The formulation used depends on the type of condition treated and the species of animal. Clinical results from TCM herbs can be seen in 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the formulation, full effect can take longer.