Herbal medicine utilizes specific herbal ingredients in particular formulas to treat disease patterns. Although in the United States many associate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) primarily with acupuncture, herbal medicine is the true main branch of TCM in China, where herbal medicine has been practiced for thousands of years with or without acupuncture. For more information, please watch this video featuring Dr. Xie of Dr. Xie's Jing Tang Herbal veterinary pharmacy discussing Herbal FAQs.
Each herbal ingredient in a TCVM herbal formula has a specific effect on the body (warming, cooling, sour or bitter) and also has known organ(s) that it affects. Combining the effects of the individual ingredients into particular formulas allows TCVM practitioners to treat specific disease patterns. Herbal medicine has become increasingly popular in the United States as it provides an all-natural, safe and effective treatment option. In addition, significant research has shown herbal medicine to be beneficial for the treatment of chronic veterinary diseases, respiratory issues, sports injuries, and geriatric concerns. Practitioners often combine herbal medicine with acupuncture and/or western medicine for a integrated approach and improved clinical results.
Herbal formulas are administered orally. Thanks to some ingenious manufacturing, many of the commonly recommended equine herbals are available as a top-dressing and/or as horse treats. Below are several veterinary herbal formulas we commonly use for our equine patients:
There's no age-limit, height requirement, or job description needed for these therapies - they can truly benefit all horses! Not only is TCVM used successfully for the treatment of many equine conditions, but it’s also excellent for performance enhancement and general preventative medicine.