A Complementary Therapy
Acupuncture is a technique in which highly trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body – most often by inserting thin needles through the skin where nerves and blood vessels intersect. Through placement in these energy channels, the needles enhance blood circulation and stimulate the release of hormones with the goal of encouraging the body to correct imbalances. It is a practice used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Virtually painless, many owners find their pets become relaxed or even sleepy when the needles are in place. Acupuncture can be used to treat a multitude of conditions and is often one of several techniques used simultaneously.
(one of the most common uses for acupuncture)
such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, or nerve injuries
for patients undergoing chemotherapy
like allergic dermatitis, granulomas, or hot spots
like nausea, diarrhea, or irritable bowel disease
such as asthma or allergies due to an anti-inflammatory response
For information on the certifying organization for veterinarians to safely perform acupuncture, please visit International Veterinary Acupuncture Society