What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture may be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a specific method, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect.
Modern research shows that acupoints are located in the areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Most acupoints are motor points. A great number of studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induce release of beta-endorphin, serotonin and other neuro-transmitters. Therefore, acupuncture for pain relief is well supported by these scientific studies.
Who is Qualified to Perform Veterinary Acupuncture?
Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture in most states in the USA. A certified acupuncture training course is highly recommended before performing veterinary acupuncture.
What Physiological Effects are Induced by Acupuncture?
Numerous studies show that acupuncture stimulation induces these physiological effects:
• Pain Relief
• Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
• Anti-inflammatory effect
• Hormone and reproductive regulation
• Anti-febrile effect; microcirculation promotion
When is Acupuncture Indicated?
Clinical trials indicate that the acupuncture therapy can be effective in the following conditions:
• Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease.
• Neurological disorders: seizure, laryngeal hemiplegia, facial and radial nerve paralysis.
• Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, constipation and impaction.
• Other chronic conditions: non-sweating, heaves, asthma, cough, uveitis, behavioral problems, Cushing’s Disease, hypothyroidism, infertility, hyperthyroidism, renal failure, geriatric weakness, skin problems.
• Performance enhancement and prevention of disease.
Why is Acupuncture Frequently Combined With Herbs?
Sometimes the application of Chinese Herbal Medicine is chosen by the knowledgeable veterinarian as a support for the acupuncture, or on occasion, in lieu of it. Herbs are frequently used in situations that have not responded to traditional western veterinary medical practices.
What is Qi?
The ancient Chinese discovered that the health of the body depends on the state of Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is the life force of vital energy. There are two opposite forms of Qi: Yin and Yang. Physiologically, Qi flows throughout the body 24 hours a day, maintaining a balance of Yin and Yang. When the flow of Qi is interrupted by any pathological factor (such as virus or bacteria), the balance of Yin and Yang will be lost, and consequently a disease may occur.
Pain is interpreted as the blockage of Qi flow (or no free flow of Qi). Acupuncture stimulation resolves this blockage, freeing the flow of Qi and enabling the body to heal itself. Homeostasis is restored when Yin and Yang Qi are in balance.
What are Acupuncture Methods and Goals?
Acupoints may be stimulated in a variety of ways. These techniques include dry needling, moxibustion, aqu-acupuncture and electro-stimulation. Whatever tools are used, the goal is always the same: to restore the flow of Qi and allow homeostasis to return.
How long Does Each Session Last?
Each session may take 20 to 60 min.
How Many Treatments are Needed?
It depends on the nature, severity and duration of diseases. A single treatment may be enough for an acute condition. A series of 3-to-10 treatments can resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may need monthly treatments over time.