Acupuncture is a Chinese medical treatment dating back at least 3,000 years. It involves the strategic placement of needles through the skin to activate acupuncture points. Once activated, each point alters the body’s energy flow in specific ways to effect healing.
Acupuncture is particularly helpful in pain management, pain reduction, and in promoting faster healing. Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM) system and has been used in the management of pain for over 2000 years. Acupuncture points lie along pathways of energy called meridians. This life energy, or chi, can be moved and transformed to bring the body back into balance. There are acupuncture points all over the body, including the ears and the paws.
A more conventional explanation of acupuncture is that most acupuncture points lie at or near peripheral nerve endings. By stimulating these points, we in turn stimulate the nervous system to effect a cure.
Needle insertion is relatively painless. Once the needles are in place there is typically no discomfort, and most animals relax quite nicely. Needles may be left in place anywhere from one to thirty minutes, depending on the condition being treated.
Acupuncture treatments are given just a few times for acute conditions, or several times for chronic ones. Conditions which respond to acupuncture range from arthritis to seizures, but include any treatable condition. Likewise, acupuncture can be safely added to other more conventional treatment regimens such as kidney failure, after surgery to improve healing and recovery, or in conjunction with chemotherapy to alleviate the negative effects of chemotherapy drugs.
Only a licensed veterinarian who has received formal training in acupuncture for animals should perform acupuncture. Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital is an AAHA accredited hospital, and has a team on hand with experience in Pet Acupuncture. For more information about our pet acupuncture program, contact us today.