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Research from NTNU shows Scientific Chinese Medicine Can be Applied to Pets


With the phenomenon of declining birthrates, aging society, cats and dogs are treated as family members. It’s predicted that by the second half of this year, the number of cats and dogs in Taiwan will exceed that of children under 15. When there are more aged pets who may suffer from chronic diseases and common diseases of elder animals it is urgent to promote the care of aged pets.

An academic press conference was held on June 16th. Prof. Wu Chung Hsin from the Graduate Program of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries said that extract of traditional Chinese medicine ingredients like tortoise shell, deer antler and ginseng can be used to prevent pets from aging and is also beneficial to their immune system. He believes that prevention is more important than medical treatment. It can save you from the expense of pets’ care and the pets can live healthier with dignity.

When studying scientific Chinese medicine, Professor Wu found that many traditional Chinese medicines can be applied to animal health and disease treatment. As a result, Professor Wu invited many traditional Chinese medicine doctors, veterinarians, directors of scientific Chinese medicine and pet food related companies, and experts in animal science to organize the Taiwan Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Association to learn to promote traditional Chinese veterinary medicine technology. It’s interesting that in ancient times, animal and human were looked after by a doctor, which means the same theory applied to all species. The history of treating animal with Chinese medicine can be dated two thousand years ago, including acupuncture and herbal medicine. Compared to western medicine, the advantage of Chinese medicine is that the result is quick and effective, enabling aging animals to live more comfortably.