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Acupuncture

What is it?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific areas (“acupoints”) on the body with very fine needles. There are at least 360 classical acupoints, and additional ones have been defined over the years. When acupoints are stimulated, the body reacts with a complex cellular and nervous system response that involves the brain, the spinal cord, and blood vessels. This initiates the release of neurotransmitters-endorphins, serotonin, and other chemicals– that are beneficial to the body’s normal function. One can affect pain control, inflammation, and more delicate biochemical processes, depending upon which neurotransmitters are released.

Does it hurt?

It is usually not painful to have acupuncture needles inserted in the skin, but a mild sensation may be felt. Animals tolerate treatments very well, and many fall asleep during treatment.

What can be treated?

Acupuncture may be used to address immunological disorders, neurological complaints, (such as seizures or paralysis), as well as gastro-intestinal, dermatological, and emotional conditions…to name just a few. Although many of our patients are referred to us from other practitioners after conventional medicine has not worked or has caused undesirable side effects, just as many owners now choose to use acupuncture proactively in their pets, to optimize good health, and try to minimize problems associated with aging.

Conditions Commonly Treated with Acupuncture

  • Allergies/asthma
  • Arthritis/joint problems
  • Back pain
  • Bladder/Kidney problems
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Cough/Bronchitis
  • Disc disease
  • Fatigue
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Headache (Yes, pets do have headaches)
  • Health maintenance
  • Heart problems/palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune system deficiency
  • Knee pain/neck pain/stiffness
  • Pain relief
  • Paralysis/numbness
  • Sciatica
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Shoulder pain
  • Side effects to chemotherapy
  • Skin problems
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Stroke
  • Tendonitis
  • Weight control
  • Well-being in cancer patients

What if my pet has cancer?

We are often asked about the benefit of acupuncture in cancer patients. In our practice, we strive to improve the quality of life for every patient that we treat, no matter what the disorder. Treating an animal with cancer often improves their overall condition, which includes making them feel better and able to resume their function within the family. While we make no claims to be able to “cure cancer”, we can say that we reliably see our cancer patients enjoy a substantially better quality of life than they had before beginning treatment.