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 has seen 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.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:
The Shang Han Lun, a Classical Chinese Medicine treatise on Cold Damage Diseases
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
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:
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.
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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.