According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body is composed of several pathways called "meridians" along which energy flows. When disease is present, energy is interrupted, or unbalanced. Stimulating acupuncture points along the meridians can restore energy flow, resulting in improved or cured health problems. Acupuncture stimulates a specific point on the body with a specific method, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect. The ancient Chinese people discovered 173 acupoints in animals. In western medical terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).
Acupuncture therapy can be effective for a number of conditions including:
To determine if your pet's condition(s) may be responsive to this treatment modality, please set up an exam with one of our veterinarians.