Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is the use of acupuncture, herbal therapy, food therapy, and “tui nai” to promote health and wellness. Acupuncture is the use of very fine needles that a trained individual inserts into certain points throughout the body to treat a variety of symptoms and diseases. An acupoint is a specific site that contains multiple nerve endings, mast cells, arterioles, and lymphatic
vessels. Stimulating these points can lead to effects on the body as a form of alternative medicine.
CAN MY PET BENEFIT FROM ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is used most commonly for pain relief, although it is also used to treat a wide range of conditions in combination with other forms of treatment. Both cats and dogs benefit from these treatments. Depending on the severity of the pet’s condition and the number and frequency of acupuncture treatments, results may vary.
IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL?
For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Some pets may experience what is a called a “de qi” reaction, which is the body responding to the acupoint being stimulated. In people, this is often described as a tingling feeling. Many patients have B12 injections added into the treatment plan. These injections are well tolerated and can be beneficial to the specific treatment the pet is receiving.
CONDITIONS MANAGED WITH ACUPUNCTURE:
- Traumatic nerve injury
- Digestive disorders
- Behavioral conditions
- Respiratory disorders
- Musculoskeletal diseases
- Neurologic diseases
- Chronic pain
- Pre- and post-surgical treatment
A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments usually require a minimum of 3-5 treatments.
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