Acupuncture: A safe way to improve quality of life for your pets
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the key components in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practicing on humans and animals for over 2,000 years in China, Korea and Japan. By definition, acupuncture is the way of using needles inserted into acupoints to stimulate certain response. Other ways other than needles are also commonly used, including pressure, heat, laser light, etc.
How does it work?
The meridians are the fundamental theory of acupuncture. Depending on different situation, acupuncturists will choose different combinations of acupoints to treat patients. Scientifically, there are already over 10,000 papers written in English published. Although the mechanism behind it is not fully understood, acupuncture does help patients clinically.
What common conditions will benefit from acupuncture?
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Arthritis, hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, chronic lameness
- Neurological problems
- IVDD, seizures, laryngeal paralysis
- Medical problems
- Gastrointestinal: Inflammatory bowel diseases, chronic constipation
- Endocrinal: Diabetes mellitus
- Respiratory problems
- Asthma, chronic cough
- Behavioral problems
- Anxiety, afraid of thunderstorm
- Geriatric problems
- General weakness, chronic diseases
- Improve quality of life for cancer patients
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest modalities of therapy. In the hands of knowledgeable veterinary acupuncturists, the complications are extremely rare.
What should I expect from acupuncture treatment?
Different patients and diseases may have different responses to acupuncture therapy. As a rough guide, about 10% of patients will show major improvement. About 80% will show significant improvement, but still have some symptoms. And about 10% will show little or no benefits.
How often and how long will the treatment be?
Depending on different situation, the frequency and length of treatment may differ. In general, acute conditions may require frequent treatment. In most cases, patients will show clinical improvements in 3 weeks and it may take up to 10 weeks to reach significant clinical improvements. There are no specific rules and the decision will be made by your veterinary acupuncturist.
If you have any questions about acupuncture, please feel welcome to contact us with your questions.