What Can Veterinary Acupuncture Do for My Dog or Cat?
- Veterinary acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances such as endorphins (similar to morphine) and cortisol (a natural steroid).
- Relaxation of muscles at the site of needle insertion and more distant locations of the body is achieved creating both a local and generalized pain relieving effect.
- Veterinary acupuncture improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins, helping the body to heal.
- Unlike some pain medications, acupuncture lacks potential adverse side effects for your pet’s internal organs.
- Your pet’s medications or supplements will not adversely interact with veterinary acupuncture treatment; therefore it can safely be used to treat a variety of illnesses. In many cases, acupuncture and western medications used together can lead to a much happier, healthier pet!
How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. The goal of acupuncture is to promote the body to heal itself. Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.
Besides needle insertion, other acupuncture treatments include:
Injection of liquids (vitamin B12, Adequan). The liquid exerts an energetic change by pushing tissue out of the way and can prolong the effect of acupuncture treatment.
Application of a heated Chinese herbal compound to needles. Heat is very beneficial to pets that are older or suffering from conditions involving joint stiffness and/or muscular soreness.
Coursing electric current into the body between needles inserted into acupuncture points. Electro-acupuncture relaxes spasming muscles and can aid the body in reestablishing nervous impulses when nerve damage has occurred that lead to chronic pain, weakness, or paralysis.
Using therapeutic laser energy to stimulate acupuncture points is great for providing “needle-free” acupuncture treatments, especially on patients that don’t readily tolerate needle insertion.
In cases of chronic or severe diseases and geriatric pets, herbal therapy is often a integral part of acupuncture treatment. They can be used to relieve pain, help improve and restore organ function, as well as strengthen and support the immune system. Herbal prescriptions are specific for the individual patient and are directed at the root cause of an illness to correct it, and are not given to control symptoms alone. The herbs used are prepared with the benefits of modern technology and comply with FDA Dietary Supplement regulations.