Would Your Pet Benefit from Acupuncture?
by Jennifer Tucci, DVM
Acupuncture can be used as a complementary therapy to Western treatments or as a stand-alone therapy for patients that cannot tolerate or aren’t responding to standard medicines.
Ancient Chinese theory teaches that disease occurs as a result of blocked flow of Qi (the body’s energy). Acupuncture is therefore used to move Qi and restore balance to the body.
Modern research has shown that acupuncture points are located in areas which have a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Stimulation of acupuncture points by inserting very tiny needles results in the release of beta-endorphins for pain management, neurotransmitters for neurological weakness or paralysis, and serotonin for anxiety.
Acupuncture promotes natural pain relief and improved functioning of the body.
Acupuncture is often used to manage:
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Back and neck injuries
- Ligament tears
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Anxiety, behavioral issues
- Chronic illness
- Support during cancer therapy
- and many more!