Jiu Jia Wen
still remembers the day his
veterinary career changed.His
client's name was Nancy, and his
patient-her cat Peter-had been diagnosed with Megacolon.This chronic condition occurs when the nerves that control the bowel function improperly which, in turn, causes chronic blockages and inability to defecate.Peter had been examined and treated at numerous veterinary clinics and hospitals and Nancy was told there was only one course of action-major surgery to remove Peter's entire colon.In desperation, Nancy turned to Dr. Wen
came to me and said, 'I know you did acu-puncture and herbs in China.Could you please try to help?'" Wen
"I ,gured I'd stay in the States for awhile, make a little money, and return to China," Wen
says, but things didn't turn out quite as planned.Since that time, Wen has also gotten married and is now a partner at Hampton Veterinary Hospital in Speonk, where 80 to 90 percent of his practice is focused on alternative veterinary treatments.He
fellow doctors have also developed a line of herbal treatment formulas called White Crane, which are marketed and sold to veterinarians nationwide.
A Growing Trend Wen
was an early trendsetter in his
use of alternative veterinary therapies, but in the past 10 years, more and more veterinarians are incorporating the use of herbs, acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic and massage into their practices.
"Both medicines have advantages and disadvantages," Wen
says."If you have a cat that was in a , ght and now has an abcess, it's easy--you give a course of antibiotics, wash out the wound, and the cat is healthy again," he
says.But other times, the problem and the solution isn't so clear-cut."Sometimes you can have a clear diagnosis, but there's no solution," Wen
continues."For a dog with a heart-based tumor, for instance, you have a diagnosis, but surgery is not an option."
In a case like this, Wen
says, Eastern medicine and herbal remedies can provide relief from symptoms, greatly extend longevity, and improve a patient's quality of life even though the condition itself is not "cured."