Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Hammond practices both Western Veterinary Medicine (what we consider standard veterinary medicine) as well as Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). TCVM includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and therapeutic massage known as Tui Na. This combination of integrated medicine allows Dr. Hammond to treat patients with a variety of modalities and medications to best heal and support your pet’s overall health and well being.

Dr. Hammond received her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture for both large and small animals in 2015 studying under Dr. Huisheng Xie at the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She is also certified in food therapy and herbal medicine and is now working toward a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine through the Chi Institute.


Q: What is Acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture is defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a specific method, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect. The specific point on the body is called “Shu-xu” or acupuncture point (acupoint). The ancient Chinese discovered 361 acupoints in humans and 173 acupoints in animals. Modern research shows that acupoints are located in the areas where there is high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Most acupoints are motor points. A great number of studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Therefore, acupuncture for pain relief is well supported by these scientific studies. As more studies are conducted, the mechanism of this ancient therapy will be better understood.

Q: How long will it take for my pet to respond to acupuncture treatments?

A: Acupuncture is a cumulative process, and your pet’s response to therapy can be variable. You may see an immediate response, or your pet may experience a gradual, subtle improvement. Most pets respond within 4-6 weekly treatments.

Q: What are the benefits of using Chinese herbs, and where do they come from?

A: Chinese herbal medicine can be an important adjunct therapy to Western Medicine and acupuncture. Combinations of natural Chinese herbal ingredients can enhance the effects of the acupuncture and maximize the amount of time that your animal can go between acupuncture treatments. The Chinese herbal formulas used at SeaPort come from Jing Tang Herbal, a state-of-the-art and closely regulated facility in the U.S. that produces high-quality veterinary herbal supplements.

Q: What form do the herbs come in?

A: Chinese herbal preparations come in many different forms, and the type prescribed to your pet will depend on his/her temperament and appetite. Tea pills are small and round, and can be easily hidden in food. Many herbs come in capsule form, and powdered formulations that can be mixed with food are often available as well.

Q: Where can I learn more about TCVM?

A: For more information on acupuncture and TCVM, please go to