Arnold L. Wittstein, DVM, CVA, PC

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist



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Say the word "acupuncture" to most people and their immediate thought will likely be "…arthritis…" While acupuncture works wonderfully for relieving arthritis pain, it is only one small part of what can be treated using acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). I use TCVM and acupuncture to treat many conditions in our pets, including arthritis, kidney failure, liver diseases, allergic skin disease, spinal injuries, behavioral disorders, heart disease, joint injuries, incontinence, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, and as an adjunct treatment for cancer. TCVM is especially helpful for many of the chronic conditions our pets face as they get older, for which Western medicine has little to offer except daily palliative medication.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is actually much more than just acupuncture. There are five basic tenents to TCM and TCVM. These are acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, TCM dietary therapy, Tui-Na (Chinese medical massage) and lifestyle changes. This is a much more holistic approach than conventional Western medicine. My patients will receive acupuncture, most will take TCVM herbal medicine and many will have recommendations made for dietary therapies to help their bodies heal their underlying problems. Clients may be taught basic Tui-Na to perform at home. Where appropriate, lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, physical therapy exercises, reducing exposure to allergens, etc. will be advised.

Member American Veterinary Medical Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society