At West Hills Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing compassionate, high quality and progressive care. Integrative medicine offers the ability to give our patients complementary therapy options when needed or desired. We are continually seeking ways to grow to meet individual needs and nurture the bond between you and your companion.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)
TCVM seeks to restore health by improving balance within the body, following ancient Chinese medicine principles and assessments. Acupuncture is the most commonly applied therapy but three other modalities may be used depending upon the needs of patients and their families. Herbal medicine can be formulated to treat a specific disease pattern and are typically given orally. Food therapy uses diet changes to address imbalances within the body. Tui-na is a form of Chinese massage that includes manipulating acupoints and Meridians to promote the circulation of Qi.
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points to produce a healing response. It is virtually painless; many pets feel very relaxed or even sleepy once the needles are in place. Successful therapy is based upon the points selected, the method of stimulation and the duration of stimulation. Acupuncture as been shown to cause changes within the central nervous system, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms and cause the release of certain hormones. This complementary therapy has been shown to help with many conditions like arthritis, traumatic nerve injury, intervertebral disc disease, feline asthma, allergic dermatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, incontinence and sports injuries.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Also known as cold laser, Class II laser medical device delivers coherent light at specific wavelengths to selected tissues within the body. Photosensitive receptors with the cell’s mitochondria are stimulated resulting in increased adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The result is cell regeneration, increased blood flow and reduced inflammation. There are no side effects associated with LLLT. Applications include the treatment of pain and inflammation as well as support for chronic diseases.
This exciting group of therapies seeks to restore and repair damaged tissues within the body while using a patient’s own healing properties. Beginning with bone marrow and organ transplant, the study of developmental biology, cell biology and immunology has helped grow this innovative field of medicine to include stem cells and cell components. Partnering with board certified veterinary specialists, we are able to provide patients with platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and autologous adipose-derived adult stem cells to meet specific needs. We have seen benefits in many patients in need of pain relief and tissue regeneration like with osteoarthritis and with ligament or tendon injury.