Acupuncture, one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is an ancient medical practice that has been used in people for over 3,000 years and it is now commonly used in the veterinary treatment of animals as well.
Acupuncture for animals involves the insertion of fine solid needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system, endocrine system and immune system in the body.
Animal acupuncture, including acupuncture for cats and dogs, as well as acupuncture for horses and exotics, is a gentle, effective treatment option. By stimulating chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin to be released by the brain, animal acupuncture can control and relieve pain. Acupuncture for animals has also been shown to support the immune system, increase white blood cell counts, improve endocrine function, relax muscles, regulate the intestinal tract, reduce inflammation, improve local blood flow, and speed healing.
Veterinary acupuncture can be successfully combined with conventional veterinary medicine to enlist the patient’s natural healing mechanisms. An integrative approach for many patients can help reduce the duration of hospitalization and improve outcomes. It can also improve quality of life of many of our senior patients with chronic debilitating conditions by improving mobility and reducing pain. It can replace Western medications when animals cannot take them due to kidney, liver or stomach disease. Acupuncture can support and improve organ disease when Western medicine has little to offer.
Animal Acupuncture Benefits
Animal Neurological Disease: Seizures, Geriatric Dementia (CCDS), Meningioencephalitis, Vestibular Disease, Cranial Nerve Disease (Masticatory Myositis, Optic Neuritis), Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Fibrocartilagenous Emboli, Periferal Nerve Disease (Brachial Plexus Avulsion), Degenerative Myelopathy and EPM (Equine Protozoal Myolitis).
Animal Musculoskeletal Disease: Arthritis (Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Spinal Arthritis, Knee Arthritis), Tendon sprains and partial tears (Cranial Cruciate Injuries, Achilles Injuries), Luxating Patellas, Geriatric Hind End Weakness and Laminitis.
Animal Gastrointestinal Disease: Inflammatory Bowl Disease (IBD), Anorexia, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation, Megacolon, Gastric Reflux and Equine Colic.
Animal Endocrine Disease: Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Insulin Resistance and Cushings Disease.
Other Animal Diseases: Skin Allergies, Feline Asthma, Equine COPD, Cancer, Liver Disease, Chronic Renal Failure, FLUTD, Urinary Incontinence, Chronic Infections, Uveitis and Chronic Corneal Ulcers.
Acupuncture for animals is frequently combined with other TCVM therapies such as Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy (the use of food as medicine) and Tui-na (Chinese Therapeutic Massage). Results are often greater when more than one modality is used.