Acupuncture utilizes the body’s own natural energy or Qi (pronounced chi) to achieve or maintain optimum health. When there is a balance, the Qi flows freely along specific pathways or meridians good health is promoted. When the flow of Qi is blocked, there can be disease and/or pain.
In veterinary care, acupuncture was first used as a tool to help alleviate pain. Now, we are able to use it to treat both acute and chronic health conditions and to strengthen the immune system.
Acupuncture points are areas of concentrated nerve bundles, blood vessels, and lymphatic vessels with the unique property of decreased electrical resistance. Stimulation of the points may have pain-relieving effects by causing the release of the body’s natural opioids.
Treatments also aid in restoring the smooth flow of Qi. Research has shown that acupuncture can boost the immune system by raising the level of white blood cells, interferons, and antibodies in the bloodstream. Acupuncture with electro-stimulation can also release the body’s own stem cells into the bloodstream.
Acupuncture sessions can last from 10-45 minutes. Usually, the first 3-4 treatments are scheduled weekly. We then determine the best long-term plan for your pet. The treatments generally work quickly with notable changes generally occurring after 2-4 sessions.
Acupuncture is used to treat many things, including pain, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, chronic or recurrent infections, cancer, incontinence, hormonal disorders, bladder issues.
It is safe and can be used in tandem with other traditional therapies to increase benefits.. Most animals will find the treatment very relaxing and some will even fall asleep!