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For thousands of years, the Chinese have been using acupuncture to treat a variety of ailments. There are studies such as this
, which showcase the positive effects of acupuncture on animals. Since its introduction in veterinary medicine, more and more people have been opting for acupuncture.What does acupuncture do for pets?
How does acupuncture work?
- Acupuncture can do the following for pets:
- It stimulates the pet’s body to release anti-inflammatory and pain relieving substances
- It relaxes the muscles in and around the area of insertion, relieving the pets of any pain
- It improves removal of toxins and waste, oxygenation, and blood flow in tissues
- It doesn’t have any adverse side effects on the internal organs of the pet unlike over the counter and prescription
- It doesn’t react with any supplements or medications pets might be taking
The aim of acupuncture is to stimulate the body to begin healing itself. According to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, releases pain relieving and anti-inflammatory hormones, and improves circulation of blood. In acupuncture, the practitioner will insert needles into the pet’s body tissue, where the blood vessels and nerve bundles meet. The collection of vascular and nervous tissues is known as acupuncture point. These acupuncture points are all over the surface of the body on energy channels or meridians.Different types of acupuncture are also available such as acupressure, aquapuncture, moxibustion, electrostimulation, and laser.Is acupuncture painful for pets?
Insertion of needles is relatively painless for all pets. However, if the practitioner has to insert large needles, pets may feel pain when the needles pass through their skin. Once the practitioner places the needles, pets won’t feel any pain. The vast majority of pets will become very sleepy and relaxed.Is acupuncture safe for pets?
It is one of the safest forms of treatment when a trained veterinarian administers acupuncture. Vets can combine alternative and conventional therapies if they have extensive knowledge, skill, training, and certification. Acupuncture veterinarians need to know how different types of treatment work and understand how the pet responds to therapy. As the benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, it is best when pets receive treatment consistently.How many treatments will pets need?
The vast majority of pets will see improvement when they go for at least one to three sessions of acupuncture treatment every week. After their condition improves significantly, the practitioner will reduce the frequency of treatments.When you have to choose a veterinary acupuncturist, he/she should satisfy the following criteria:
- He/she is a licensed veterinarian
- He/she has formal training in veterinary acupuncture
If you have any queries regarding veterinary acupuncture, feel free to leave a comment below.