Anshen Veterinary Acupuncture

beautiful red and white husky retriever in the snow in winter
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Pet Insurance
If you're looking for a pet insurance company that covers acupuncture, spinal manipulation and other holistic care, we've had clients successfully reimbursed from the following companies.  Contact them for pricing and plan details.

(formerly VPI)
1-877-263-6008, ext 6226  and ask for Daniel


Vet Records

Do we have the most recent copy of your pet's vet records on file?


If not, we need those for our own files as they help us treat your companion animal. Test results are especially important, along with any notes from your conventional vet or emergency service provider. 


  Have records emailed or faxed to us:




How To Use Moxa
Moxa is warming and strengthening in the cold weather for animals who become cold and weaker in the winter. We carry moxa sticks, and can dispense them for our patients who would benefit from its use.

Click here to see
Dr. Jody demonstrate its use on her horse Buddy.

Reorder Your Herbs

With the busy holiday season upon us and many people traveling, be sure to order your prescription herb refills.

Call or email  Hope to place your order a week before your supply runs out.

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 Winter 2015
AnShen News
Dear Friends and Clients,

We hope you are staying warm and dry as another winter works its way across the state.

In Chinese medicine, there are five personalities that correspond to the seasons. Water corresponds to winter and often times older age. Discovering which personality your animal friend is helps us to determine how to treat them correctly, including acupuncture method, food and herbal medicine. This is only one of several methods used to determine treatment, but it is also fun and helps you realize who your animal friend is and what they need from you to be their happiest.

The Water element consists of Kidney and Bladder. Kidney is the foundation of Yin ( adds coolness and moisture) and Yang ( adds heat and energy) for all other organs. Some foods that nourish Kidney Yin are: duck, pork, kidney, tofu, eggs, asparagus, cabbage, apples, barley, and honey. Some foods that tonify Kidney Yang are: lamb, chicken, venison, buckwheat, garlic, and ginger.

Watch this video of Dr. Jody going into more detail about the Water personality of her dog Linus.  Do any of the animals in your home fall under this category?

We will be discussing the other personalities in future newsletters and also on our Facebook page so be sure to follow along!

Featured Rescue 

One Starfish Rehoming Connections is a  non-profit organization offering networking and hands-on assistance to dog owners and potential adopters, as well as to other rescue groups. They also rescue dogs, with an emphasis on helping special medical needs and elderly animals.

You can follow them on Facebook for opportunities to help out.

Marti Houge of One Starfish is holding Sparkles after her Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy session.

Pet Profile by Dr. Jody

Frosty, at 19-years-old, had stopped grooming himself months ago and was no longer social or playful. He developed glaucoma in both eyes and had to receive drops in his eyes that made him nauseous and painful. His people were wondering if life was worth living for Frosty any more. A homeopathic remedy was worked up for Frosty, and the day after it was given he started grooming himself and his eyes looked better. Since then, he has become much more social and even started playing with toys again.
Frosty playing again!
Let's Get Cooking
This recipe is good for dogs who get cold easily and more stiff in cold weather. It moves Qi and Blood, tonifies Yang and eliminates Wind-Cold.
Cold Bi Recipe
By Dr. DiNatale
3 lbs. chicken thighs (easy to debone)
2 sweet potatoes
2 cups quinoa
2 cups kale or mustard greens
Season with one of the following combinations:
  • cumin/turmeric
  • rosemary/garlic/thyme
  • cinnamon/coriander/ginger

Place all ingredients into a stock pot or crock pot and add about 8-10 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook about 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes and quinoa are tender.  Remove bones and throw away. Add greens during the last 10-15 minutes. If you're using a crock pot, allow for longer cooking times.

Anshen wishes you a safe winter and a Happy New Year!

Dr. Jody Bearman & Dr. Andrea Lanphear