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Acupuncture is a healing art that has been practiced for approximately 4500 years, making it the oldest and most field tested system of medicine in use today. Veterinary acupuncture has a long history closely associated with human acupuncture with the first veterinary texts dating back to 650 CE.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points along the body to help stimulate the body’s natural healing response and can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Today, it is mainstay of Chinese tradition medicine, used all around the world either in conjunction with modern western medicine or as a stand alone therapy.
How does it work?
In its basic form acupuncture involves inserting thin, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body. Most of these points can be located along a network of channels which also happen to be very close associated with the blood, nervous and lymphatic networks throughout the body.
Insertion of the needle produces a physiological response by stimulating the nervous system resulting in the release of the bodies endogenous pain relief mediators. It can also stimulate the immune system, increase microcirculation and decrease inflammation.
This traditional healing art offers a more holistic approach to many common ailments and so acupuncture can also help restore balance between organ systems for optimal health and overall wellbeing.
What conditions can be treated?
Acupuncture can be used to treat an endless array of conditions in both humans and animals. Some common veterinary applications for dogs and cats include:
Degenerative joint disease (e.g. osteoarthritis)
Neurological disease (e.g. low grade disc disease)
Gastrointestinal issues (e.g. diarrhoea)
Post operative healing
Acupuncture and modern western medicine can be used successfully in conjunction with one another to optimise patient outcomes.
What should I expect from a typical consultation?
The initial consultation begins with a clinical review of your pet’s previous medical history and a discussion about your pet’s current health concerns.
A thorough conventional (Western) clinical examination will then be conducted, followed by a traditional Chinese veterinary medical examination.
There will then be a discussion about the sessions clinical findings and together we formulate a plan for treatment. Recommended treatments may involve acupuncture as well as some western treatment suggestions.
Is acupuncture painful?
In almost all cases, no. Some animals may experience minor discomfort when needles are being inserted, but the needles are so thin that most patients tolerate them very well. Acupuncture is known to have a relaxing effect to the point that some animals can even fall asleep during treatment.
How quickly will I expect results and will more than one treatment be needed?
It depends on the condition being treated. Some animals may show a marked improvement immediately after their first treatment, but most animals typically improve after three or more treatments. Acute conditions tend to respond faster than more chronic cases.
Treatment is individually tailored to your pet therefore the time period between acupuncture treatments can vary. Typically, three to five weekly treatments are recommended. As your animal shows improvement, treatments can be spaced further apart, or even discontinued.