Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years. It has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into special locations on the body, to alleviate pain and increase the recovery rate. There is now a strong body of evidence and practice to support the role of pet acupuncture in the treatment of animals.
There are two types of pet acupuncture therapists. The traditional Chinese therapists use a combination of herbal medicines and acupuncture needling along meridians or energy channels and acupuncture points. The Western Scientific approach uses fewer needles inserted directly into acupuncture and trigger points. Points selected for needling may be distant from the source of pain. This helps animals to accept the treatment. Both approaches consider the overall well-being of the pet. Western veterinary acupuncture is used particularly in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic painful conditions as well as the promotion of skin healing. The Eastern approach is often applied to other disease states too.
Needling works by inhibiting nerve pathways resulting in pain and has been shown to improve circulation locally thus promoting healing. Pet acupuncture also stimulates the release of pain-relieving chemicals in the brain and spinal cord such as beta-endorphins, which result in exceptional levels of pain relief. Pain thresholds are said to be ‘reset’.
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