About TCVM Research
As Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine becomes more widely accepted, the need for TCVM research grows. With more research, TCVM will have a larger role in the veterinary medicine community.
Well-designed and properly conducted research is key in the development of TCVM. Research is a vital tool in veterinary medicine because it is empirical. Research projects help us to contribute important knowledge of how and why TCVM works and to find new data, create new ideas and make new discoveries.
It is our goal to conduct two acupuncture research projects and two herbal research projects. These hypothesis-based projects will investigate TCVM modalities including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na. Projects will be chosen after research proposals have been evaluated by a TCVM research committee.
The cost to conduct four total research projects is $200,000 or $50,000 for each individual project. With these research projects we hope to learn more about these topics and more:
Effect of any of the TCVM modalities on arthritis, colic, and post-operative pain relief in dogs, cats, or horses.
Effect of any of the TCVM modalities on injury of tendon, ligament and muscles in dogs, cats, or horses.
Effect of any of the TCVM modalities on chronic diseases such as hepatitis, renal failure, heart failure, recurrent uveitis, dermatitis, otitis, recurrent urinary tract infections, recurrent airway obstruction, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Effect of any of the TCVM modalities on neurological diseases including seizures and intervertebral disc diseases.
Quality-of-life improvement in animals with cancer receiving Western treatments.
Immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats
Furthering TCVM research means bringing more acceptance and awareness to the overall practice of TCVM techniques. Scientific, evidence-based research will help to create more understanding and recognition on the subject. Research is the backbone of development. It not only brings validity to the practice of TCVM but helps us to build upon what we already know.