Food & Herbal Therapy

Food Therapy is the art and science of using selected food ingredients per individual patient. This can be based on the patient’s inborn tendencies, their age, their personality, and their current disharmony or disease process. Food Therapy can treat specific health conditions or promote health, thereby preventing disease. Foods have certain energetics such as cooling or draining damp. We can use these qualities to improve health. Food Therapy may range from simply adding a spice to your animal’s meal to making a balanced, homemade diet.

Chinese Herbal Medicine has been used for thousands of years to cure and keep healthy millions of animals and humans alike. Herbal formulas, some that have been developed over thousands of years, are used for all of the same diseases as acupuncture treats, and also to prevent diseases like influenza and kennel cough. Some animals who can’t receive acupuncture are treated with herbal medicine with great effects.


In late summer of 2016, Zoey ruptured her left cruciate ligament. We considered surgery until we found out that she also developed melanoma and only had a life expectancy of 6-9 months. Since the recovery time from the surgery was longer than her life expectancy, we turned our thoughts to what alternatives were available for Zoey. We wanted her to enjoy pain-free mobility for as long as possible. That’s when a friend recommended Dr. Andrea Lanphear.
Dr. Andrea started Zoey on laser treatments to her left leg, acupuncture, and a combination of Chinese medicines for tendon/ligament and pain management. Within a couple of weeks, Zoey’s leg improved to the degree that she was no longer favoring that leg. Within a few months, her leg appears to be back to normal. Where Zoey used to limp around for a couple of days after overdoing her play time, she now enjoys running around the yard (which we try to discourage) without experiencing any ill effects. The length of her daily walks are back to pre-injury levels and she appears perfectly able to use her left leg without consequence. We’re thrilled that Zoey is able to enjoy her walks and play time without setback or re-injury.