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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture uses small needles inserted in specific points of the body. These acupuncture points commonly contain many nerves and are rich in blood supply. These points work with the nervous system and circulatory systems to balance and heal the body. Acupuncture works by making the body more efficient and effective by stimulating nerves or circulation. It is commonly used to stimulate or calm the nervous system and improving the immune system’s ability to heal. The nerve bundles at the acupuncture sites are stimulated when an acupuncture needle is placed and neurochemicals are released. These neurochemicals work in the body to act on the central nervous system to allow the nervous system to work correctly, or be balanced. Acupuncture also stimulates the body’s release of endorphins, which are hormones that decrease pain and inflammation. The whole body can be treated with acupuncture because the nervous system is part of regulating all the organ systems of the body.


Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture


Animal acupuncture is a holistic medical approach and pairs well with Western Veterinary medicine. When Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCVM) is practiced with western medicine, two distinct ways of diagnosing diseases are used together to expand treatment options for our patients. TCVM is a safe approach with no serious side effects and has research and scientific evidence in treating many clinical conditions in humans and animals.

Clinical conditions commonly treated with Acupuncture/Holistic medication:


  • Arthritis, hind leg weakness, Back pain, other musculoskeletal disease

  • Kidney Disease, urinary tract diseases and urinary incontinence

  • Geriatric diseases

  • Diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease

  • Anxiety, behavioral problems, aggression

  • Cancer: Decreasing pain, decreased side effects of other medications, Improving quality of life

  • Obesity

  • Musculoskeletal problems

  • Allergic dermatitis, dry skin, hair loss and other skin diseases

  • Liver failure, gallstones, other liver diseases

  • Seizures

  • Pancreatitis, Chronic nausea and vomiting

**Please call or email if you have specific questions about whether Acupuncture or other holistic treatment would benefit your pet.

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