Animal Natural Med LLC

Dr. Barbara Noeldner, DVM, CVH, CVA

About Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) began over 2000 years ago in China. Bo Le is considered the founder of Veterinary Acupuncture. He lived from 659-621 BC. He was a military general and an equine expert. Horses were very important to the military at this time. One of the first veterinary books was Bole’s Canon of Veterinary Acupuncture.

TCVM theory is based on the world view (Daoist) that the body is a miniature universe, governed by the same external laws and forces that govern the greater surrounding universe. The life energy or “chi” is the fundamental force that drives the body as well as the universe.

The “Yin/Yang” theory describes opposing forces that mutually create and transform one another, such as light and dark, heat and cold.

The five seasons of the year observed by the Ancient Chinese were spring, summer, late summer, autumn and winter. These seasons correspond to the Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The seasons of the year influence the body, as well as the seasons of life, as phases of life cycle from young (Wood/Spring) to old (Water/Winter).

Organs of the body also correspond to one of the five elements: Liver is Wood, Heart is Fire, Spleen is Earth, Lung is Metal and Kidney is Water.

Disease is a disharmony or imbalance in the body. The TCVM diagnosis identifies a pattern of disharmony in the patient. Temperament, age, sex, environment and activity will be taken in to account, as well as the particular symptoms.

TCVM treatment can include acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Food Therapy and Tui Na (Massage).

Acupuncture points (Shu Xue or “Communicating Holes”) are located along channels or meridians of the body. These points are often concentrations of nerves, blood vessels, lymph ducts and connective tissue below the skin surface. There are 14 Channels in the body with about 150 acupuncture points that are commonly used. Acupuncture uses very fine needles to stimulate these points. Local nerve reflexes as well as the brain are influenced by stimulating these external points. This affects local structures, internal organs and can change hormones and chemistry throughout the body.

Chinese Herbal Medicines are particular combinations used for disease patterns. Many are small pills (teapills) or capsules.

Food Therapy is using energetics of foods to select a diet helpful to the patient’s condition.

Massage or Tui Na is often used as well.

Contact Dr. Barbara Noeldner at 608-698-0102 or email for more information or an appointment.