What comes to mind when you hear the word “acupuncture”? Does it hurt? Is it legit? Who does it? Are you crazy?!
In reality, acupuncture is an extremely effective way to treat a wide variety of conditions in both humans and our furry friends! And Dr. Lori is an expert when it comes to acupuncture. In fact, she studies acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. So let’s break down this fascinating treatment option so you can better understand how it can help your pet.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points in the body in order to stimulate healing. These points have been carefully mapped over the ages to correspond to certain conditions and body organs, and has long been used in humans and animals, and many of the acupuncture points used in humans correspond to the same location on your companion animal’s body.
What does it do?
It is used to treat illness and pain, as well as to improve overall health and quality of life, and is part of a system of medicine called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM encompasses acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbals and Chinese food therapy.
According to TCM, the body has energy called Qi (pronounced chee) that flows through channels in the body called meridians. Imbalances or blockages in the flow of Qi cause illness and pain. Acupuncture needles stimulate the flow of Qi to restore balance.
Why does it work?
Acupuncture points are placed in positions where they exert influence over the vascular (blood) system, lymphatic system, and the nervous system. Insertion of needles stimulates the brain to release endorphins, a body chemical that relieves pain. The response can be at the actual point, or at a site distant to the point. The effects of acupuncture involve interactions between the nervous system, the endocrine system, and the immune system.
Is it right for my pet?
Acupuncture helps many conditions and is safer than some of the medications and procedures traditionally used, and may be a great way to give your aging pet better mobility, help your shy pet conquer anxiety or help your high-strung pet be more relaxed.
To find out if it’s right for you and your companion animal, call us to make an appointment with Dr. Lori!
Here are some of our acupuncture patients getting monthly treatments to help with mobility and behavioral issues.