Acupuncture is an ancient healing therapy that is an effective modality - and not just for humans! It has been in use for more than 2,000 years and treats a wide variety of common conditions and diseases in small animals.
Acupuncture works by balancing and moving energy, or "qi," through a system of channels that cover the body. There are specific points located along these channels wherein the qi of the body pools, and acupuncture works to access those larger areas of energy. Different techniques disperse the qi smoothly, allowing for the body to heal and achieve a more balanced level of homeostasis.
There are several methods used to stimulate these acupuncture points, including needles, electricity, and vitamin injections. Most animals tolerate acupuncture very well and in fact, some settle in for a good nap during their treatments!
Acupuncture is frequently used to treat pain associated with arthritis, back problems, and recovery from surgery. Other examples of conditions that may respond to acupuncture are:
- Musculoskeletal disorders- arthritis, disc disease, hip dysplasia, muscle spasms, etc.
- Gastrointestinal disorders- vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
- Respiratory problems- asthma, chronic cough, chronic sneezing, etc.
- Neurological disorders- epilepsy, deafness, chronic pain, etc.
- Adjunct to chemotherapy- decrease side effects of bone marrow suppression, nausea, etc.
- Urinary disorders- cystitis, incontinence, chronic renal failure, etc.
- Dermatological problems- lick granulomas, allergic dermatitis, etc.
- Behavioral problems- lick granulomas, aggression, anxiety, etc.
- Kidney disease