Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe that each food has energetic properties that are “cooling” (Yin) or “warming” (Yang). An imbalance in these elements sometimes result in allergic reactions, or outbreaks. The same works for pets. According to this Chinese food energy theory, it is possible to resolve these problems just by changing your pet’s diet.
Intrigued? Here’s some starter tips to changing your pet’s diet that can possibly save you a trip to the vet.
1/ Understand the symptoms
Yinyang imbalances are broadly classified as either “hot” or “cold”. A deficiency will result in some observable symptoms, as suggested by some veterinary doctors. Sometimes, these deficiencies are the cause of general nagging concerns which do not resolve with medication.
2/ Remember the properties of food you commonly use
Some TCM practitioners advocate a netural diet. A neutral diet also works when you are trying to balance out the effects of hot or cold foods. Generally, green leafy vegetables like bokchoy or spinach are “cooling”. Local supermarket foods such as wintermelon, old cucumbers, figleaf gourd (shark fin melon) and bittergourd are also “cooling”.
3/ External elements
Sometimes, the weather conditions mean that you have to adapt your pet’s diet. As Oz the Terrier suggests, “Yang” foods are more suitable in cold weather as it warms the body and stimulates vital functions. Similarly, more “Yin” foods can be eaten to cool down your “hot” dog in the scorching Singaporean weather.
4/ Be informed
5/ Personalise your diet
Always take into account how every pet is unique. A drastic change in your pet’s diet may be stressful and ineffective as a result. Additionally, changing the diet according to Chinese food energy theory is only a suggested natural means to balancing your diet. It may not necessarily dispel all problems or work miracles. When in doubt, always seek veterinary care, or specialists in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM).