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Acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles into acupuncture points on the body known to have physiologic effects on the body’s processes. These acupuncture points are arranged in specific areas of the body and are arranged in meridians. 

Dog receiving acupuncture
Dog receiving acupuncture

The Chinese believe that the balanced flow of energy in the meridians is the key to health. Thousands of years later we now know for a fact that these points are located in an area associated with key anatomical structures which include a nerve, artery vein, and lymphatic vessel. Acupuncture therapy is used to treat a multitude of conditions.

Perhaps its best know effect is for the treatment of back pain. It is often as effective as prescription medications without any of the side effects. Acupuncture will stimulate blood flow and promote healing of damaged tissues. It also stimulates the release of endorphins which are the bodie's own natural pain mediators. It also stimulates nerves that block the action of nerve fibers responsible for chronic pain. Acupuncture has long been used before and after surgery for pain relief and to hasten healing and return to function.

Acupuncture has been shown to decrease nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy and for morning sickness in human patients. It is a wonderful way to increase an overall sense of well being in an animal that is chronically ill or nauseated.

Acupuncture has also been used for many internal conditions such as seizure disorders, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, allergic disorders, asthma, cancer, incontinence, feline cystitis, immune system support, and any type of pain processes.

Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to optimize healing. When thinking of Chinese medicine, many think immediately of acupuncture. In China, herbal therapy is a very important part of the medical system and is emphasized more than acupuncture.

Why would my pet need acupuncture therapy?

Acupuncture therapy can help in treating, and potentially diagnosing, a variety of ailments and diseases. This relaxing treatment for your pet improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation and removes metabolic waste and toxins. Additionally, acupuncture therapy lacks many of the negative side effects that prescription medication has on your pet’s internal organs. This means that it can be safely used alongside other mediums of treating pet illness.

When is acupuncture therapy appropriate?

Veterinary acupuncture can be incredibly useful in treating a variety of conditions, particularly those that involve inflammation and pain. This treatment should be considered if your pet is suffering from pain or inflammation caused by arthritis, cancer, metabolic disease, traumatic nerve injury, degenerative joint disease, asthma, and many other conditions. Please contact us to determine if acupuncture therapy is the right choice for your pet.

How does acupuncture therapy work?

Veterinary acupuncture has been used for decades on both exotic and domestic animals as a type of therapy treatment. It stimulates specific points of the body that alter various physiological and biochemical conditions and assist in the body’s effort to heal itself. Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones.

It is important to note that acupuncture does not necessarily cure conditions—it restores energy flow, aiding in improved or cured health conditions. It can be used alone or in combination with other medications recommended.

Acupuncture Protocol

Acupuncture uses extremely thin needles that cause minimal to no pain, and because of that, are generally well-tolerated by pets. However, incorrect placement of the needle or inadequate sterilization can result in pain or complications.

Duration of treatment can vary depending on the condition of your pet, as well as the number of treatments needed. Chronic conditions may take a few treatments for a positive response to be seen. After optimum responses are achieved, treatments may taper off.

With advanced equipment and progressive methodology, we are committed to providing the best possible acupuncture pet care for your furry friend. Every test, decision, and treatment is customized to the specific needs of your cat, dog, or other animals so that they can manage their condition or recovery and live out their happy, healthy life.