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Four Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs Paperback – July 1, 1996
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Section two begins with a chapter on diagnosis using the Traditional Chinese physical exam. In the following chapters, Dr. Schwartz introduces the primary holistic therapies used in TCM: Herbology, Food Therapy, and Acupressure/Acupuncture (emphasis is on acupressure and this chapter is illustrated with color photos of dogs and cats depicting the meridians as well as acupressure points).
In section three the information from sections one and two is applied to correct a variety of health imbalances. Dr. Schwartz recommends herbs (Chinese & Western), dietary modifications, nutritional supplements, and acupressure points for health conditions/imbalances involving the eyes, ears, nose and upper respiratory system, teeth and gums, lungs, heart, liver and gall bladder, spleen/pancreas and stomach, kidneys and urinary bladder, large intestine, bones and muscle, skin, and the immune system and glands. It's wonderful to see a book on natural remedies that focuses on correcting the underlying imbalance instead of simply using herbs and supplements to eliminate symptoms. Highly recommended!
This book is overflowing with useful information about canine health from the point of view of Traditional Chinese Medicine which is presented clearly. This includes dietary advice for different health conditions and even behavioral signs that might indicate future illness; hyperactivity and barking in dogs that later develop heart issues, for example. However, there is one notable problem in putting that information to work acupressure-wise: The illustrations in the book are not very good regarding helping you locate acupoints. There are anatomical descriptions that vary in how useful they are in the text, but the acupressure "charts" are glossy photos of living cats and dogs with a wide squiggle line drawn to indicate meridians (see cover of book). There are also pictures to show point constellations for various ailments. Again, these are little dots on glossy photos of living animals. You cannot see the bones to accurately know where on differing animals these points actually are. Also, the photos vary from dog to cat, so if you are only treating a dog, for instance, and your pet's ailment is illustrated on a cat, this can be frustrating--there are differences! So, unless you are experienced with point finding, you will probably find yourself wanting a canine or feline acuchart. "The Well-Connected Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure" has much better point-finding charting which you can check out through the "Look Inside" feature. Still to end of an up note for this book, it is a richly detailed source of practical information concerning TCM and animals.
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The best book in my Library for animals! But you need to know Traditional Chinese Medicine before using the book! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Athena H.
I am into Chinese medicine and healing for my family and pets. This book is written so well that anyone who is interested in learning will be able to understand what is being... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan
Excellent book. Discussion of five elements/rhythms is outstanding. Would have liked more on sedating and strengthening of certain meridians.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
beautiful book. very helpful, lots of pictures rather than drawings, a slow read. plan to give it to my granddaughter who is studying to be a vet-tech.Published 6 months ago by jean a arnold
I purchased this book because I had several pets.
We had to board our dog with a vet for almost 5 days, and when we returned she had severe diarrhea and was shaking... Read more
My daughter works for an eastern medicine veterinarian and I'm hoping this book will be a good addition to my daughter's knowledge base.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer