Brown Veterinary Housecalls / FAQ-TCVM (Acupuncture)

Brown Veterinary Housecalls

Mesa, AZ 85205


Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) 


The Four Main Pillars of TCVM include

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Food Therapy 
  • Tui Na 

Dr. Brown recommends treating patients with a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine & TCVM Food Therapy for optimal response

FAQ: Will my pet benefit from acupuncture? YES!!! 

FAQ: Does acupuncture treat (insert condition of choice)? 

TCVM addresses the whole patient and can be integrated into every medical condition to assist pets in many different ways. See Indications.  

FAQ: What type of condition(s) has Dr. Brown addressed with TCVM? 

  • Chronic Renal (kidney) Disease
  • Osteosarcoma/bone cancer 
  • Arthritis 
  • IVDD
  • Acute paralysis 
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • IMHA
  • Cushings 
  • Chronic sneezing 
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Torn ACL/Cranial Cruciate Ligament 
  • Luxating Patella
  • Allergies 
  • Valley Fever 
  • Aggression 
  • Vestibular Disease 
  • Masticatory Myositis 
  • Fly Bite Syndrome 
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Chronic diarrhea 
  • Liver Disease 
  • Heart Disease 
  • Geriatric Weakness 
  • Cancer 
  • Hospice
  • And more...

FAQ: Does Dr. Brown recommend treating solely with TCVM? Dr. Brown is an Integrative Veterinarian trained in both Western Medicine and TCVM. She believes in integrating both Western and Eastern Medicine for optimal patient response.

Western Medicine plays an important role for emergencies, pharmaceuticals/prescription medication, diagnosing diseases, labwork for treatment monitoring, and more 

For example, patients treated with TCVM for chronic kidney disease still require regular labwork to monitor kidney values and response to treatment

FAQ: What does Dr. Brown wish for pet owners to understand? 

  • The sooner acupuncture and TCVM is started the better the results
  • TCVM helps the body heal with time and commitment to treatment. For example, treating allergies with acupuncture, herbs and food therapy is a much slower process than treating allergies with steroids or injectable Western medication. However both Western and Eastern modalities can be utilized simultaneously in an Integrative approach to therapy 
  • Many geriatric patients that receive regular treatments are being kept stable. Sometimes it is not obvious to pet owners until they stop treatment and the pet then takes many steps backwards that can be difficult to recover
  • Preventive medicine is the best medicine even with needles! 

Treat the imbalance before it becomes dis-ease


  • Acupuncture has been performed on people and animals for thousands of years. Modern research confirms its beneficial effects of assisting the body with pain relief, tissue healing, immunoregulation, anti-inflammatory effects, GI motility, and more


  • Wellness & Prevention 
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Behavior & Anxiety
  • Pain relief 
  • Post op pain management 
  • Allergies
  • Musculoskeletal Problems
  • Arthritis/IVDD
  • Tendon/Ligament Injury
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis/Paresis
  • Degenerative Myelopathy 
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea/IBD/Pancreatitis
  • Internal Medicine Conditions
  • Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Thyroid and Adrenal Disease 
  • Cancer 
  • Hospice
  • Quality of Life
  • & More.....


  • The number & frequency of treatments varies with each individual patient
  • Three to Six treatment 1 to 2 weeks apart then monthly or as needed on a case by case basis 
  • Many patients benefit from tune up appointments every 1 to 3 months for chronic conditions and general wellness and prevention 
  • The sooner treatments are started the better the response 
  • Treatment packages or individual treatments available after initial TCVM exam/consult 


TCVM Food Therapy utilizes diet to treat and prevent imbalances within the body

  • TCVM Food Therapy is customized to each individual patient based on TCVM pattern diagnosis, food energetics and more
  • Available for established acupuncture patients/additional fees apply 
  • Food Therapy recommendations are based on the principles of TCVM
  • Please note this is not the same as a veterinary board certified nutritionist counseling 


Chinese Herbal Medicine utilizes ingredients from the Material Medica in blends formulated to treat TCVM pattern diagnoses specific to each individual patient 

Chinese Herbal Selection is based on many factors tailored to each individual patient, such as:

  • Patient Signalment and medical history
  • Current Diagnostic Lab and Imaging Results
  • Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis
  • TCVM Exam/Diagnostic Scan Results 
  • Season/Time of Year
  • Five Element Theory Patient Constitution 
  • Principles of Yin/Yang specific to patient 
  • And more....

Dr. Brown utilizes Chinese Herbal blends from Jing Tang Herbal located at Chi University  with convenient home delivery

Note: Herbal profiles available for active acupuncture patients only/additional fees apply. Does not include owner purchased herbs from unknown sources 



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