The short answer: because it offers different concepts and a different way of viewing health and disease, and can help us out when conventional medicine does not have answers.

Let’s dive into this a little deeper!

In TCVM, the body is seen as an intricate network of energy channels, known as meridians, through which vital energy, called Qi, flows. These meridians serve as invisible pathways, connecting different organs, tissues, and body parts, facilitating the harmonious flow of Qi and maintaining the body’s balance and vitality.

The concept of Qi can be understood as the fundamental life force or energy that animates all living beings. It is the driving force behind the body’s functions and supports overall health and well-being. Just as a river nourishes the surrounding land, Qi flows through the meridians, nourishing and supporting the various organs and tissues it passes through.

A smooth and balanced Qi flow is essential for maintaining health. When Qi circulates freely and harmoniously through the meridians, the body remains in a state of balance and vitality. However, if Qi becomes blocked, deficient, or excessive, it can lead to disharmony and manifest as physical or emotional symptoms.

TCVM therapies, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, aim to restore and regulate the flow of Qi in the meridians. Acupuncture often involves the strategic insertion of thin needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse Qi, restoring its harmonious flow. By accessing these points, energy blockages can be cleared. This promotes the smooth circulation of Qi throughout the body. But there are other ways to influence the flow of Qi as well, such as by touch (acupressure)  or using concentrated light such as laser light.

The meridians are intricately linked to the various organ systems in the body. Each meridian is associated with specific functions and corresponds to a particular organ system. For example, the Heart meridian is connected to the Heart organ and governs emotions, while the Liver meridian is linked to the Liver organ and influences the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body.

In TCVM, understanding the quality  of Qi flow within the meridians is essential for diagnosing and treating imbalances or disruptions in the body’s energy system. By assessing the meridians and specific acupuncture points, TCVM practitioners gain valuable insights into the underlying causes of health issues.  This way we can  develop personalized treatment plans to restore harmony and promote healing.

By embracing the concept of meridians and Qi flow, we can adopt a holistic approach to our dogs’ health and well-being. Although treating symptoms is often much needed as well, if we can also address the root imbalances, we can restore the harmonious flow of Q. This way supporting the body’s innate healing abilities becomes possible.