Veterinary Acupuncture: What’s The Point?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Veterinary Acupuncture: What’s The Point?

Veterinary acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular among veterinarians and pet owners alike. Originally, acupuncture was regarded as an almost mystical, alternative treatment surrounded by mystery and myths. Today, it is quickly becoming a part of mainstream veterinary treatment plans with great success, mainly from its widespread benefits and indications with minimal side effects. This article provides an overview of what we currently know about acupuncture and how your pet can benefit from it.

Ancient History…

Acupuncture has been practiced in both humans and animals for thousands of years in China.  The ancient Chinese discovered the health of the body depends on the state of Qi (pronounced chee). Qi is the life force or vital energy. There are two opposite forms of Qi: Yin and Yang. Qi  flows throughout the body 24 hours per day, maintaining a balance of Yin and Yang. When the flow of Qi is interrupted, the balance of Yin and Yang will be lost and disease may occur. Pain is the blockage of Qi flow. Acupuncture stimulation resolves this blockage and restores the free flow of Qi. This allows the body to heal itself.

Modern Marvel…

Modern research is quickly elucidating the methods and results of acupuncture in both humans and animals. Studies show that acupoints are located in areas of the body where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Most of these acupoints are also motor points. Stimulation of the acupoints induces release of beta-endorphin, serotonin and other neurotransmitters which are all important for pain relief.  Numerous studies show that acupuncture stimulation can have the following physiological effects: pain relief, regulation of gastrointestinal motility, anti-inflammatory effects, immuno-regulation, hormone and reproductive regulation, anti-febrile effects and microcirculation promotion.

Your Pet and What to Expect…

Most animals tolerate acupuncture very well. In most cases, the animals become very calm and relaxed during the procedure. Some pets will even fall asleep. Acupuncture can produce a distension or heaviness sensation with contraction of local muscles. 95% of animals are comfortable with the therapy.  Each session takes 20-60 minutes. The number of treatments needed depends on the condition being treated as well as the severity and duration of the disease. A series of 3 to 10 treatments can resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions require monthly treatments over time. Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture in most states in the USA. In addition, veterinarians should have additional training to be a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). For more information, please check out our FAQ page on our website or call Cottonwood Creek Veterinary Services to find out if acupuncture is a viable option for your pet.

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