What is Animal Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medical treatment, originally founded in China, and is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which combines acupuncture, herbal therapy, food therapy and Tui Na. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine focuses on the flow of life energy, or "Qi" (chee), through the body. The health of the body is directly related to the flow of Qi through the body. Vibrant free flowing Qi equals health, blocked or worn down Qi equals disease.
Qi flows through the body along pathways called meridians. Along these meridians are points where Qi gathers called acupuncture points. An acupuncture practitioner will place specialized needles in some of these points to restore the correct flow of chi through the animals body. Often times these needles will be stimulated with low voltage electrical stimulation to increase the intended affect. The practitioner may also inject substances, such as vitamin B12, into points for an extended effect.
From a more 'western' point of view, the meridian pathways are very similar to nerve pathways, thus the acupuncture treatment stimulates the nervous system causing the release of neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, which are thought to aid in the the healing effects.
Since TCVM is a whole body modality, it can be used to treat any ailement, but some of the more common uses include:
Musculoskeletal Disorders (lameness, arthritis, soft tissue injuries, pain)
· Chronic slow healing wounds
· Respiratory Conditions (allergies, heaves, rhinitis)
· Endocrine Conditions (thyroid & pituitary conditions, diabetes)
· Reproductive Challenges/Fertility Disorders
· Gastro-Intestinal Conditions (vomiting & diarrhea, colic)
· Skin Conditions (allergies, itching, dry skin, lick granulomas
· Immune mediated Conditions (allergies)
· Opthalmic conditions (conjunctivitis, dry eye, uveitis, glaucoma)
· Emotional Disorders (stress, anxiety, anger)