Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)

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Dr. Eve O’Neil is certified in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She has also undergone training in Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy.

Dr. O’Neil takes an integrative approach to medicine, meaning that she incorporates both conventional Western medicine and complementary TCVM into her treatment plans. TCVM techniques can be very useful for holistic management of pain, chronic illness, behavior problems, and cancer. Patients who are undergoing palliative care can also benefit from TCVM.

The guiding philosophy of TCVM is that disease, pain, behavior disturbances, etc. are caused by an imbalance in the energy within the patient. The goal of acupuncture, herbs, and food therapy is to restore balance and, therefore, cause the symptoms to resolve. In order to identify the imbalance correctly, the TCVM practitioner must carefully consider the whole animal including his environment, personality, current diet, and medical history.


Acupuncture is the selection and stimulation of specific points in the body using small needles. These points are selected based on the imbalance that the specific patient is experiencing. Dry needling, electroacupuncture, and aqua-acupuncture are all techniques that Dr. O’Neil uses. Acupressure and massage may also be performed during acupuncture sessions.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine involves selection of combinations of herbs to correct energy imbalances. Herbal formulae are especially useful for cases in which acupuncture cannot be performed. Herbs may be used to help manage side effects of conventional treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.

Food Therapy

Food therapy can be used as both treatment and prevention of energy imbalance. Food therapy plans take into account the individual patient, any existing energy imbalance, the current diet, and energies of foods. Foods are selected to correct or prevent energy imbalances. Food therapy plans may include changing the current diet to a different commercially available diet, supplementing the current diet with new foods to alter the energy balance, or a recipe for a home cooked diet.

The initial consultation is scheduled as a one hour appointment. After this consultation you will receive a treatment plan detailing a recommended acupuncture schedule, herbal formulae, and a food therapy plan. You will also receive recommendations for a conventional medicine workup if needed.

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