Acupuncture has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat ailments and as preventive medicine. It involves placing needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. In western medical terms, it helps the body to heal itself by creating physiological changes. It stimulates nerves, increases blood circulation, relieves muscle spasm, and creates the release of endorphins which control the pain mechanisms in the body and cortisol which is a natural steroid produced by the body.
Research shows positive results with acupuncture treatments in animals. Acupuncture therapy is increasing in the treatment of both animals and humans. While it will not cure every condition, it can work very well when it is indicated.
We use acupuncture alone or with traditional western medicine to treat many conditions in every species of animal.
When is Acupuncture Indicated?
Acupuncture is indicated for many conditions including, but not limited to allergies, inflammation, pain, paralysis, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin, behavioral and neurological disorders. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:
- Disk disease
- Traumatic nerve injury
- Feline asthma
- Lick granulomas
- Allergic dermatitis
- Sports injuries
- Many more conditions or illnesses