Chinese Herbal Medicines (CHM) may be prescribed to complement acupuncture treatments, especially for pets who lack fresh wholesome nutrients with dietary deficiencies.
Chinese herbal formulas act as "tonics" to improve "Qi" (Chi) and blood circulation and make acupuncture more effective. Alternatively they may reduce pain ("moving Qi") and acting as an antiinflammatory. Furthermore, some CHM support the body's detox mechanisms ("clearning Dampness & Heat").
Dr Susanna prescribes only formulas that are safe and effective for pets. Our suppliers are accredited internationally.
NOTE: If Dr Susanna prescribes CHM it is imperative to administer them as prescribed. These herbal medicines are not "optional" but part of your pet's treatment to achieve best possible life quality. You wouldn't "dismiss" a pet in need of antibiotics, so don't deprive your pet an essential part of natural (non-damaging) healing support!
How do I give herbal powders to my pet?
Start by following Dr Susanna's or the clinic nurse's advice.
We don't recommend you add the herbals into the food right away. Only as a second step, when your pet is used to the herbal medicine, adding the powder to your pet's food might work well.
Initially mask the herbal taste by mixing the herbal powder with honey, liver pate, bread or treats. Or dispense the powder together with a tasty liquid like full cream milk or coconut water.
NOTE: if your pet has, in the past, received repeatedly drugs and "supplements" from you, your pet has been traumatised and may not trust you anymore! Dr Susanna is pretty "allergic" to pet owners "blaming" our natural / herbal medicines if pets refuse complying with their carers...!
Be gentle. Gradually introduce natural remedies, step by step (intially for "introduction purposes" you may reduce the prescribed amount). Re-educate your pet, healing can taste acceptable. Your energy and attitude towards natural medicine is crucial. If you don't trust Dr Susanna's prescriptions, your pet likely picks up on that.
If this is the case, it's the time to think about going back to drugs and your conventional vet's methods.
Occasionally, a pet may accept herbal medication more easily when it's filled into a capsule. The dispensed powder easily fits into empty capsules, which are available in many local Chinese medical "halls". There is even some sort of "equipment" that fills 30 to 50 gelatin capsules at one time!