Acupuncture for Dogs

What is acupuncture?

In China, acupuncture as been used to treat animals for over 3000 years. It is part of a holistic healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. According to TCM each animal’s “life force” or qi (“chee”) moves through pathways or channels called meridians. There are 7 yang meridians and 7 yin meridians. Stimulating a specific point along these channels can affect body function or tissues along the meridian.

Disease is the result of an imbalance in the qi. Acupuncture is believed to rebalance the qi thus assisting the body in healing disease by causing physiological changes. These changes include increased blood circulation, relief of muscle spasms, nerve stimulation and release of hormones such as endorphins (pain control chemicals) and cortisol (natural steroid).

What are some of the uses of acupuncture

Clinical conditions where This complementary form of healing might be used include musculoskeletal disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, dermatological problems and chronic respiratory conditions. It is best used as part of a comprehensive integrative approach. The length and frequency of treatments depends on the problem. Acute conditions generally require less time and fewer treatments then chronic conditions. For a list of certified veterinary acupuncturists in your state visit The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.

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