Definition of Health:
Health can be defined as the balance in an individual’s body as well as the balance between the body and mind, as well as between the individual and their environment.
What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine has four main components: acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na (medical manipulation and massage). Acupuncture usually involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into discrete and specific points on the body to cause a therapeutic effect, and may include other methods such as electrical stimulation. There are 173 acupoints in animals.
Who is qualified to perform Veterinary Acupuncture?
Licensed veterinarians who are certified in veterinary acupuncture.
When is Acupuncture Recommended?
Acupuncture therapy is effective for the following conditions:
Musculoskeletal problems: degenerative joint disease (ex/ hip dysplasia), arthritis, back pain, sore muscles
Neurological disorders: seizures, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), laryngeal hemiplegia, facial nerve paralysis, radial nerve paralysis
Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, constipation, colic, vomiting, stomach ulcers
Other chronic conditions: asthma, cough, eye disease, kidney disease, liver disease, behavioral problems, infertility, cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, skin problems
Quality of life, maintenance and enhancement, and palliative care
Is there any Scientific Evidence on how Acupuncture works?
Modern research show that acupoints are in the areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints leads to the release of endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Acupuncture stimulation can induce the following effects: pain relief, tissue healing, gastrointestinal motility, anti-inflammatory effects, immune regulation, hormone and reproductive regulation, decrease fever.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes! Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Acupuncture is used with caution with bone fractures, pregnancy, open wounds and tumors.
How long does each treatment take?
Each session may take 30-45 minutes. The first session usually takes longer than follow-up appointments.
How soon can we expect results?
Some results can be seen immediately but others will require several treatments. For chronic (long-term) conditions, generally a minimum of 3 to 5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart are needed before one can expect notable improvement.
How many treatments are needed?
As in all medicine, this depends on the situation. Treatments can be done daily, weekly, monthly, or even further apart depending on the severity and chronicity of the condition.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Rarely! Acupuncture is not painful because acupuncture points are stimulated using very fine needles, almost as thin as hair. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxation effect, some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatments.
Why is Acupuncture frequently combined with Herbs?
Herbal medicine often enhances the effectiveness of acupuncture. Western medications are also often used in conjunction with acupuncture. Each animal has a treatment plan developed for their individual needs.