Acupuncture is the ancient art of placing needles into specific locations on the body to alleviate pain and increase the animal’s resistance to disease, thereby normalising the body system.
It has been practiced by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years and, in recent decades, is becoming increasingly integrated and incorporated into Western medical fields and veterinary medicine.
The Chinese view health to be a state of harmony that exists between the body and its internal and external environments. Disease arises
when an imbalance between the environments presents. Acupuncture
is used to ‘normalise’ this internal body environment, thus resuming equilibrium, resuming health. The approach is holistic and may incorporate changes in lifestyle as well.
Acupuncture may be especially useful in treating chronic states of disease, either to complement orthodox treatments, or when conventional medicine fails.
Acupuncture is now known to affect all major physiological systems. It does more than just relieve pain. How it works depends on the condition being treated and the selection of points utilized.
Acupuncture also stimulates the release of many pain relieving substances from the brain and spinal cord, providing more generalised analgesia. Combined with needling “trigger points” where painful taut bands of muscle exist, exceptional pain relief may be achieved.
Treatments may last for 10 seconds to 20 minutes depending upon the condition and the method used with an average of 4-6 treatments being required. These are performed initially once or twice weekly, depending on the condition until the maximum desired effect is achieved.
The frequency of treatment then depends on each individual animal. Some conditions may be resolved entirely but others may require regular “top-ups” to maintain the therapeutic effect, but overall, animals accept needling well and become quite relaxed during treatment.
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies utilized if practiced by a competent acupuncturist; it balances the body’s own system of healing and no chemicals are administered so complications rarely, if ever, develop.
No drugs needed
Predictable improvement Electro-acupuncture available