"Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food." ~ Hippocrates ("Father of Western Medicine")
The foods we eat have direct effects on the body and can have significant healing properties. Dietary recommendations for your pet are tailored to his/her specific needs, taking into consideration age, activity level, and any health conditions present as well as preventive measures to maintain good health. There are many options for diet plans including commercial pet foods and complete balanced home-cooked diets. Supplements added to the diet are sometimes appropriate for extra support of certain health conditions. We can work together to develop an appropriate nutritional plan specific to your pet's needs.
Chinese Food Therapy is one of the 5 branches of TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) and follows the same diagnostic and treatment principles as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to treat and prevent disease and promote good health. Modern Western knowledge of nutrient requirements and TCVM food therapy theories of food properties and their effects on the body are combined to select food ingredients for an individual based on their constitution, age, species, current disharmony or disease process, lifestyle, geographical location and season of the year.
5 Elements and 5 Tastes (Flavors)
Wood - Sour
Fire - Bitter
Earth - Sweet
Metal - Pungent
Water - Salty/Bland
Energetic Quality/Thermal Nature of food- hot, warm, neutral, cool, cold- how each food affects the physiology and metabolism of the animal after consumption.
Food Energetics refer to biochemical composition rate of growth of plants, water content in foods, fresh foods vs dried, processed vs unprocessed foods. Think about if you were sitting on the beach on a hot summer day, would you rather eat watermelon or leg of lamb? Watermelon is a "cool" food and lamb is a "warm" food. A hot pepper will make you sweat.
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