Acupuncture is the use of small needles inserted into very specific points in the body to cause a desired healing effect. It is the stimulation of these points that has the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to assist the body in healing. This technique has been used in animals and people for at least 3000 years to treat many ailments. It is not a cure-all, but it works well where indicated and when used alone or in combination with traditional veterinary medical therapies.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture works by a process called neuromodulation. The acupuncture needles stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms and cause the release of hormones such as endorphins, the body's natural pain killing hormone.
What Condition Respond to Acupuncture?
Musculoskeletal Disease: Arthritis, hip dysplasia, disc disease, orthopedic surgery Gastrointestinal Disorders: Megacolon, IBD, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, decreased appetite Skin Disorders: Lick granuloma, allergies, non-healing wounds Neurological Discorders: Seizures, paralysis Respiratory Disorders: Asthma Kidney Failure and Urine retention disorders Diabetes Mellitus Ocular Disorders: Dry Eye Any condition that is decreasing the quality of life for your dog, cat or horse.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
The insertion of the acupuncture needles is virtually painless, however occasionally the insertion will cause a tingle that may startle your pet. Once inserted, there should be no ongoing discomfort and most patients will relax and may even become sleepy.
How Often Will My Pet Need Acupuncture?
The length and frequency of acupuncture treatments depends on the condition of the patient and the nature of the disease treated. Acupuncture is performed once to twice a week for 4-8 treatments until desirable effects are reached. Treatments are then tapered according to the patient's response.