What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points on a patient to produce a physiological response. It is an ancient Chinese medical technique that has been used for over 3,000 years. It is known to have therapeutic effects in a wide variety of animal diseases and is a valuable tool in veterinary medicine.
How does it work?
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body located along pathways that correspond to specific organs. In traditional Oriental medicine, acupuncture is based on the flow of energy, or “Chi”, running through channels called meridians. These can be thought of as rivers of energy. These rivers can become blocked like a dam and acupuncture releases the obstruction.
In modern scientific terms, placing needles in designated points on the body will lead to the release of chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, which can stimulate healing. It has been shown to increase blood and lymphatic flow to tissue, stimulate nerve function, increase the release of neurotransmitters and pain modulators, influence inflammatory responses and help release hormones.
Acupuncture is typically used in conjunction with traditional western veterinary medicine.
Common conditions that respond well to acupuncture include:
- Musculoskeletal problems (osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease)
- Neurological problems (nerve injury, degenerative neurological conditions)
- Immune system disorders (allergies, skin conditions)
- Systemic diseases (bladder problems, chronic kidney disease, liver disease)
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