About




Acupuncture animaux

Marie-Élaine Roy,   D.M.V.   C.V.A.

Graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Montreal, Dr Roy has practiced in the Small Animal field for over 25 years as a vet for pets and also worked in the animal therapeutic nutrition field for a multinational company. Having always been influenced by natural approaches to health, in 2011 she went back to school to train in veterinary acupuncture in Toronto, and since 2013 she is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Dr. Roy subsequently founded the Service Vétérinaire Cinq Saisons and is now practicing acupuncture to treat pets and relieve their pain in the Laval, Laurentides and Lanaudière regions. She later did her training in Osteopathy from the French School: l’Institut des Médecines Alternatives et Ostéopathie Vétérinaire (IMAOV) between 2015 and 2017

Dr. Roy is a member of the Association of Veterinarians in Alternative and Complementary Medicine (AVMAC) and the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canada (AVAC).

Why ‘’Cinq Saisons’’?

In reference to nature, movement and renewal, but also so that our loyal dog and cat friends can experience an harmonious fifth season in life.

Acupuncture is one of five treatment methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine and its history goes back four millennia. Its philosophy is based on the observation of nature. Among other cultures, Chinese people recognize the dynamism of the seasons, like the day/night dynamism, that is based on spring, summer, late summer (harvest time), autumn, winter, which are linked to the five elements in nature, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

The dynamism of the seasons, just like the day and night dynamism, is based on the balance of opposites in nature, which Chinese people call Yin and Yang, that are found simultaneously in all things. Yin refers to the inside, to matter, to calm and coolness; Yang refers to the outside, to movement, to energy and heat. In Chinese philosophy, the opposites Yin and Yang are inseparable forces in any living being and the energy that results from their encounter is called Qi (pronounced 'chee') or Vital Force. Qi flows freely in harmony with the body of every healthy living being. When this balance is broken, for example due to an injury, this causes pain and a blockage in the smooth flow of Qi. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a disease is defined by the loss of balance in the body (or loss of homeostasis) that normally would allow it to put into action its innate mechanisms of self-healing and self pain control. The TCM therapy methods are:

  • acupuncture;
  • herbal therapy;
  • nutrition therapy;
  • Tuina massage;
  • Qiqong exercise and Tai-chi.

The benefits of TCM have proven themselves up to our era.