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Traditional and Classic Chinese Medicine for Dog Cancer | Dr. Cynthia Lankenau Deep Dive


An old-school vet with an exclusively holistic practice, Dr. Cynthia Lankenau rolls with the punches.  She will tell you that Traditional Chinese Medicine is only the tip of an older, more impressive iceberg called Classical Chinese Medicine—and that it’s only one modality she’s used to replace conventional medicine. She haseen Nixon open China, the rise of GMO’s, the death of family farms, and the rise of regulatory boards. More importantly, she has noted how these events’ effects trickle down to our beloved pets. Even as cancer rates rise and small animals experience heightened stress levels, she remains optimistic and continues to learn voraciously. After nearly forty years of practice, she continues to add to a veterinary arsenal that already includes reiki, homotoxicology, homeopathy, acupuncture, and herbs.

Episode Notes

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Chinese Classical Medicine Links: 

The Shang Han Lun, a Classical Chinese Medicine treatise on Cold Damage Diseases

The Wen Bing Xue, a Classical Chinese Medicine treatise on Warm Disease Theory 

A summary on what Mao Zedong stripped from Classical Chinese Medicine to create the newer Traditional Chinese Medicine

Homeopathy versus Homotoxicology

Referrals for Other Holistic Vets 

Holistic Veterinarian Medical Association.

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

New York State Holistic Vets

Classes Dr. Lankenau’s Currently Taking: 

David Winston, Herbalist

Jeffrey Yuen, Daoist and Clasical Chinese Medicine Scholar

Dr. Lankenau’s Career Inspiration – Bill Moyers on Acupuncture

Milk thistle, one of her favorite herbs

Her profile on the American Herbalists Guild

Other Interviews and Appearances by Dr. Lankenau:

YouTube Interview

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger.

About Today’s Guest, Dr. Cynthia Lankenau, In her own words:

While growing up on a dairy farm in the Hudson Valley of NY, I was instilled with a passion for animals and their care. My family also has an obsession with books and education. The blend of these two led me to veterinary medicine. I have always loved to watch animals graze in pasture, and then when practicing as a dairy veterinarian, I was fascinated in seeing how cows would seek out specific plants depending on their health issues. Over the years in my practice, I have seen an increase in immune disorders, cancers, and other chronic diseases concurrently with an increase in the toxicities of pharmaceutical drugs and their general decrease in overall effectiveness in case management. This trend added to the desire to help my clients which forced me to explore alternative treatment approaches: acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic and, most importantly, herbal medicine. With my clientele, I have found herbal medicine to be the most satisfying providing a strong foundation for the animal to heal. My love of herbal medicine keeps me always searching for more classes and more education.

Dog Cancer Answers is a Maui Media production in association with Dog Podcast Network

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Dr. Cynthia Lankenau


New York, USA

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Cynthia Lankenau, DVM graduated from Cornell’s Veterinary College in 1981. Dr. Lankenau started down the path of alternative medicine; starting with acupuncture training in 1991 (IVAS), started herbal training in western herbs in 1993, Chinese herbs in 1995; chiropractic (AVCA) and homeopathic (AVH) training in 1995.