What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture, a technique that has been used in veterinary practices for more than 3,000 years, may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. The Chinese also use acupuncture as a preventative medicine and it is used all over the world to treat a wide variety of maladies in every species of domestic and exotic animals.
Modern veterinary acupuncturists use a variety of needles (solid, hypodermic and bleeding), electricity, heat, massage and lower-power lasers to bring comfort to your four-legged friends.
How does acupuncture work?
According to ancient Chinese medical philosophy, disease is the result of an imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy and thereby assist the body to heal disease.
Is acupuncture safe for animals?
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatments for animals when performed properly by a trained veterinarian. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, and typically indicate some physiological changes are taking place.
When is acupuncture recommended?
Typically, acupuncture is recommended for animals with functional problems such as paralysis, non-infectious inflammation (allergies) and pain. Routine appointments can be used to “prevent” problems and keep your pet feeling and performing their best.
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture needle insertion should be virtually painless. However, some patients that have significant disease may experience some very mild discomfort. Most patients become extremely relaxed, even sleepy, during their treatment.