Food As Medicine
Food Therapy is used in all forms of medicine. We know that oatmeal can lower cholesterol, and blueberries are anti-oxidants.
In Chinese Medicine, food is assigned temperature properties and can be used to cool a dog that is always panting, or warm a dog that is always cold.
Foods like pumpkin can help provide energy, while carrots are good for anemic patients. There are also foods that help decrease pain and swelling. A discussion of diet is a big part of any acupuncture consultation.
For some patients, we might use just a few foods to target specific disease processes. For other patients, we might discuss switching to a completely homemade diet, with ingredients chosen specifically to treat the pet’s particular medical condition.