What is Acupuncture?


First used in China as preventative medicine for thousands of years, acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. Today, acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.

How It Works


Although acupuncture has its roots in ancient times, many studies have proven that acupuncture points have pain relieving properties associated with them and activate specific pain-association brainstem regions.


In western medical terms, acupuncture can assist the body in healing itself by affecting certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of anti-inflamatory and pain releiving hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid). 

When is Acupuncture Beneficial?


Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems such as paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. Below are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:


For Small Animals
  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, or traumatic nerve injury

  • Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma

  • Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis

  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea

  • Selected reproductive problems


For Large Animals


  • Musculoskeletal problems such as sore backs or downer cow syndrome

  • Neurological problems such as facial paralysis

  • Skin problems such as allergic dermatitis

  • Respiratory problems such as heaves and “bleeders”

  • Gastrointestinal problems such as nonsurgical colic

  • Selected reproductive problems


In addition, regular acupuncture treatment can treat minor sports injuries as they occur and help to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. World-class professional and amateur athletes often use acupuncture as a routine part of their training. If your animals are involved in any athletic endeavor, such as racing, jumping, or showing, acupuncture can help them keep in top physical condition.


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