Many clients ask about this form of alternative medicine that we provide. Below describes acupuncture and electro acupuncture. If these are services you are interested in please call our offices to schedule a consultation.
Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for over 3000 years to treat many ailments. It is used when conventional medicine is unsuccessful or is used in combination with traditional medical treatment. Acupuncture is used to restore balance in the body. It is effective for musculoskeletal problems such as sore muscles & degenerative joint disease, skin conditions such as lick granulomas, respiratory problems such as feline asthma, neurological disorders such as seizures, gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea & vomiting, and other chronic conditions. Visit Common Questions to understand more about acupuncture.
These are pictures of veterinary acupuncture being performed on patients for pain management and for paralysis.
Electro acupuncture was found as an effective analgesia to perform surgery in China in the early 1970's. Since then it has been widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine practice. Wire clips are attached to acupuncture needles and are plugged into an Electronic Acupuncture Unit. The duration of treatment is 10 to 30 minutes. It has a better endorphin release than dry needle acupuncture, is used for pain management such as soft tissue injuries, disk problems and arthritis, and is more convenient to pet owners since it requires few sessions.
Below are pictures of dogs and cats having veterinary acupuncture with Dr. "A".
Acupuncture methods include auricular acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, needling techniques, needling points around difficult locations (eyes, feet, abdomen etc), aqua-acupuncture( the injection of a soluble, sterile medium into acupoints), gold implantation, pneumo-acupuncture and moxibustion.