Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dr. Liz Kremzier offers a variety of traditional Chinese veterinary medical services at Aspen Animal Hospital.


Acupuncture has been practiced in both humans and animals for over 4, 000 years in China. The practice involves the stimulation of a specific point located on one of the 12 meridians in the body. These meridians distribute Qi, also known as the life force or vital energy. Disruptions in the flow of the Qi cause imbalances in the body and may result in illness, pain or disease. Acupuncture restores the flow of Qi and allows the body to heal. Recently, research has shown acupuncture points to be located in areas of the body where there is a high density of nerve endings, blood vessels, mast cells, and lymphatic vessels. Acupuncture releases neurotransmitters, beta-endorphins, and other substances that relieve pain and promote other physiologic effects in the body. Acupuncture is indicated for musculoskeletal problems, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal illness, respiratory disease, endocrine and metabolic disorders, skin disease, behavioral problems, and geriatric weakness.

Food Therapy

Food contains energetic properties, including temperature and taste, which can be used to help restore or maintain balance within the body. Specific food ingredients can be chosen to complement other therapies for disease treatment and preventative medicine. Dietary recommendations may be given to augment a long-range treatment plan for your pet.

Herbal Medication

Herbs are used to correct imbalances and promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Chinese herbal medicine is a natural treatment option that is safe and effective when correctly prescribed. Herbal medicines can enhance clinical results when combined with other traditional Chinese medical modalities, such as acupuncture, and can also safely be combined with Western medical therapies and pharmaceuticals. Herbal medications can be particularly useful to treat geriatric or cancer patients who may not tolerate certain drugs or western medical treatment options.

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