Acupuncture is a wonderful practice of healing that utilizes the body’s own natural energy or Qi (pronounced chi) to achieve or maintain optimum health. When there is a balance, the Qi flows freely along specific pathways or meridians and there is good health. When the flow of Qi is blocked, then there is disease and/or pain.
Acupuncture for Pets
In veterinary practice, acupuncture was first seen as a great tool to help alleviate pain. However, we use it to treat both acute and chronic health conditions or to simply strengthen the immune system.
Acupuncture points are areas of concentrated nerve bundles, blood vessels, and lymphatic vessels with the unique property of decreased electrical resistance. Stimulation of the points will have pain-relieving effects by causing the release of the body’s natural opioids.
Treatments also work to restore the smooth flow of Qi. Research has shown that acupuncture can boost the immune system by raising the level of white blood cells, interferons, and antibodies in the bloodstream. Acupuncture with electro-stimulation can also release the body’s own stem cells into the bloodstream.
The sessions can last from 5-45 minutes. Usually, the first 3-4 treatments are scheduled weekly.
We then determine the best long-term plan for your pet. These treatments generally work quickly with notable changes generally after 2-4 sessions.
Acupuncture is used to treat pain, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, chronic or re-occurring infections, cancer, incontinence, hormonal disorders, bladder issues. The list is endless.
It is very safe and will also benefit other traditional therapies. Most animals will find the treatment very relaxing and some will even fall asleep!
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