Holistic Veterinary Medicine in Nashville, TN.

Holistic Veterinary Medicine

Treating Body, Mind, and Spirit

Just what is Holistic Veterinary Medicine?

Good question!

By definition, the term “holistic” means “relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than analysis, treatment or dissection into different parts.

We treat pets as “whole” beings:

  • Body
  • Mind
  • Spirit

Just like people.

Some think it’s crazy… we know it works!

Our holistic veterinary medicine philosophy stems from a combination of Eastern Medicine and Alternative Therapies.

Holistic Veterinary Medicine Options

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Your Pet’s Body is an Integrated Whole

Every single structure within your pet’s body is a necessary part of his/her whole being.

Along with mind, emotions, and spirit, your pet’s physical body structures create a beautifully complex, interrelated system powered by Qi (life force/energy).

Your Pet is Completely Connected to Nature

Your pet’s body constantly reflects changes in nature.

TCVM factors nature together with the signs your pet displays.

Eastern Medicine looks at:

  • Particular seasons
  • Geographical Locations
  • Time of day
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Condition of the body

And more, to uncover the root cause of your pet’s health issues.

Your Pet Was Born With a Natural Self-Healing Ability

Did you know your pet’s body is constantly revealing signs about the state of his or her health?

Unfortunately, pet parents commonly ignore subtle signs and symptoms until something more severe develops.

Eastern Medicine teaches you how to interpret what your pet’s body is telling you.

Alternative Therapies

The term “alternative medicine” describes medical treatments used in lieu of traditional, mainstream therapies.

Some refer to alternative therapies as “integrative medicine” and “complementary medicine”.

According to WebMD, “approximately 40% of adults in the United States say they use some form of alternative medicine.

In our practice, alternative therapies prove highly beneficial for pets, too!

The Holistic Options Approach

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Animal Acupuncture

Animal acupuncture is a TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) technique.  By inserting needles at particular points on an animal’s body, acupuncture unblocks Qi. Qi is also called Universal Life Force Energy, Chi, or Prana in other practices. Qi permeates and animates all things.

Qi flows through the body along 14 main pathways, called meridians. Acupuncture unblocks Qi via needles inserted at specific points along meridians to facilitate specific effects. When Qi flows freely within the body, your pet is healthy. When your pet is not healthy,  obstructions of  Qi exist along one or more meridians. Needles are inserted at specific points along meridians remove blocks and allow Qi to flow freely, restoring your pet’s health.


Biopuncture is an injection therapy used on humans in Germany for over 50 years. During a biopuncture treatment,  specific body points are injected with highly dilute natural products, mostly derived from plants, to stimulate healing or regulate inflammatory processes. Biopuncture injections are usually given in the muscle, and often given in conjunction with an acupuncture session. We find biopuncture especially helpful for geriatric pets and pets with chronic conditions.

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Animal Chiropractic

Animal Chiropractic focuses on the function and position of the spine in relationship with the nervous system and overall health. According to Animal Chiropractic philosophy, your pet’s good health depends on a fully functioning nervous system. Animal Chiropractors recognize the body as a self-regulating, self-healing organism, whose function is controlled and coordinated by the brain, spinal cord, and nerves throughout the body. Animal Chiropractors achieve health goals by finding and eliminating misalignments with specific adjustments to the spine. Spinal adjustments remove nerve interference and return your pet to its natural state of health and wellness.

Cancer Treatments

Cancer is a disease of the immune system. Our clinic offers many different immune-boosters and cancer treatment techniques, including Eastern herbal cancer treatments, Western herbal medicine, vitamin C IV Therapy, Neoplasene treatments, chemotherapy, and surgery. Even if your pet’s terminal illness does not go into remission, he can enjoy a longer, better quality of life through cancer treatments.

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Food Therapy

Eastern Food Therapy is a TCVM technique using food as medicine to help your pet live a longer, healthier life. Food therapy is not based on calories, proteins, and fat, but rather the unique subtle energy each food possesses and transmits to your pet’s body when eaten. Food’s subtle energy qualities are categorized as warming, cooling, neutral, and blood building. Therapy involves feeding your pet food with particular subtle energy qualities to promote or maintain balance as needed. Food varies and changes depending on your pet’s particular health situation. You can purchase food pre-made, or you can learn to make it yourself in a slow-cooker.

Herbal Therapy

We offer both Eastern Herbal Therapy and Western Herbalism. Eastern Herbal Therapy uses herbs to bring the body back in balance, allowing the body to heal itself. In TCVM, bringing the body back into balance means restoring Qi, or “life energy,” and balancing Yin forces with Yang forces. Eastern herbal therapy incorporates knowledge of the elements, the seasons, and parts of the body into herbal treatments to eliminate the root causes of disease. Western herbalism uses herbs rather than pharmaceuticals to gently treat symptoms, eliminating the harmful side effects of prescription medications.

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Prolotherapy is also known as regenerative injection therapy. In prolotherapy, a mild irritant is injected into the affected area stimulating the body’s natural healing response. Prolotherapy benefits pets with arthritis, torn ligaments, tendonitis, bulging discs, and certain types of pain.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is the use of stem cells to promote healing or prevent a disease or condition. We use stem cells from a pet’s own fatty tissue. We can use stem cell therapy as a treatment for joint injuries, ligament and tendon damage, and fractured bones. Using stem cell therapy, we have seen positive clinical improvement in 95% of our arthritis cases.

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Dr. Marc Smith, Veterinarian, Surgeon, Animal Chiropractor, Animal Acupuncturist


Tui-na is a TCVM medical manipulation technique. On the outside, it appears to be a combination of Chiropractic and Massage. But in reality, Tui-na is much more! Tui-na is a specific energetic treatment addressing specific patterns of disharmony. Balancing disharmony brings pets back into a state of energetic balance, promoting health.

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