As the old adage says: you are what you eat, and so are our pets.
Good nutrition can set you up for a longer, healthier life, and help improve your ability to fight off certain illnesses. Food provides the energy and nutrients needed for life. Without food, we can't survive.
Through thousands of years of observation and sampling, food energetics and the "thermal nature" of foods have been determined. As silly as it sounds, certain foods are "hot" by nature and others are "warm", "cool", or "cold". Some examples are intuitive; most people would agree that eating watermelon on a hot day will help cool you down. There are even common expressions, such as, "cool as a cucumber".
How does this apply to health and illness? Consider an itchy dog with bright red bumps on his skin, which he just can't stop scratching. In TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) terms, this pet is suffering from a "Hot" condition. The heat is evidenced by the red color, probably some swelling and pain, and the itchiness. If you hold your hand over this area, you can feel the heat energy as well. In addition to acupuncture and herbal therapy, food therapy or selecting a diet rich in "cool" or "cold" foods can help release this heat, in order to bring his overall system back in balance and to restore health.
Dr. Hemmett can generate an individualized Food Therapy Report for your pet's particular needs to help promote your pet's health.
Food Report with Acupuncture treatment: $20
VETERINARY SPINAL MANIPULATION THERAPY (VSMT)
VSMT can be thought of as “animal chiropractic.” The spine and limbs of the patient are gently palpated to assess for normal motion of joints. Lack of motion leads to: pain, joint instability, muscle weakness, and risk for injury. Motion can be improved with VSMT adjustments. Adjustments restore joint motion and improve function of the neurologic and muscular systems, improve blood flow, and overall health.
Most patients benefit from adjustments twice a month, then monthly, then every three to six months, depending on the individual health of the patient, activity level, and life-style or use.
Fee Schedule: VSMT evaluation/adjustment: $80; Add-on to acupuncture: $50**
**Additional travel feel applies if over 30 minutes from Belleville, IL
There are many different types of herbs. Some are considered "western" and others "eastern".
Dr. Hemmett uses herbs from Dr. Xie's Jing Tang Herbal Company located in Reddick, Florida. The individual herbs are grown in a region of China that hosts the climate necessary to achieve optimal quality of each herb. All the raw materials and herbal formulas from Jing Tang comply with the new stringent Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Herbal therapy corrects imbalances caused by distinct disease patterns in a way similar to acupuncture; they just take longer to achieve the full effect. Acupuncture works the fastest, followed by herb therapy, and finally food therapy. Herbal supplements can help reduce the overall cost of a TCVM treatment plan by allowing for a similar effect with less frequent acupuncture treatments, just over a longer period of time.
Most herbal formulas cost $45 to $100 and last 1-2 months based on the pet's size. They are often needed for 2-3 months, sometimes longer if treating a chronic problem.
Dr. Hemmett can pick the herbal formula or formulas that best meet your pet's individual health needs. Using Food therapy can also help improve overall response and quality of life.
Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves and releasing endorphins that travel in blood vessels to provide natural pain relief without side effects. Most acupuncture points are located where nerve endings and small blood vessels come together, this helps acupuncture needles “send” their message to the body.
Conditions that may be helped by acupuncture include: chronic arthritis, hind end weakness, cognitive dysfunction, disc disease with severe neck/back pain or even hind end paralysis, chronic kidney disease, separation anxiety and behavior problems, seizures, patients living with cancer or going through chemotherapy/radiation treatment, chronic sinusitis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and chronic constipation.
Acupuncture is very powerful and very safe. It is often best to use acupuncture in conjunction with traditional treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Traditional measures of health, such as bloodwork and x-rays are invaluable to monitor progression of diseases, such as chronic kidney disease and arthritis.
In some cases, acupuncture will work even better when combined with herbal therapy. Additionally, the frequency of acupuncture treatments can be spaced out more, if used together. Acupuncture does not help every patient and it often does not "cure" a chronic condition. The goal is to improve quality of life and help with pain control and mobility, when able.
At Healthy Balance Veterinary Acupuncture, we work alongside your pet’s veterinarian to provide your pet with comprehensive care to reduce pain, promote improved organ function, and restore balance to the body systems through acupuncture, herbs, and food therapy.
Acupuncture House Calls: fee includes travel within 30 minutes of Belleville, IL*
Initial visit: $125 Follow up visits: $85
*Further distances served for additional fee on case by case basis
Discounts: Package of three follow up visits: $225 ($75 each)
Senior citizen/Military discounts: $100 initial visit, $70 follow up visits, within 30 minutes of Belleville
Please CALL or EMAIL Dr. Hemmett to discuss setting up your pet's first visit.