Acupuncture is one of the four branches of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, and involves the stimulation of specific points on the body with fine needles to achieve a therapeutic effect. These points are targeted because of their high density of free nerve endings, fine arteries, lymphatic vessels, and mast cells.
Acupuncture points also have measurable increased electrical conductivity and decreased electrical resistance. This enables the flow of energy within the body, and allows the exterior portion of an organ's channel to be needled in such a way that stimulates an effect to target and treat specific dysfunctions.
Acupuncture can be used as the primary medical treatment for your pet, or combined with Western medicine to help treat the following conditions:
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as muscle soreness, back pain, hip and elbow dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, and arthritis.
- Neurological disorders, including intervertebral disk disease, seizures, laryngeal hemiplagia, facial and radial nerve paralysis, and fecal and urinary incontinence.
- Gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, constipation, anorexia, pancreatitis, gastric ulcers.
- Other chronic conditions for pets of all ages, including:
- behavioural problems
- endocrine disorders (such as Cushing's syndrome or hypothyroidism)
- renal failure
- skin disease
- geriatric weakness
- heart, liver, or respiratory disease
- immune mediated diseases
Acupuncture can also be used for non-illness-related treatments, such as performance enhancement and the prevention of disease.
Feel free to contact us if you have further questions about the use of veterinary acupuncture, or to arrange for an appointment.