Acupuncture relieves pain and improves circulation through the insertion of small sterile thread-like needles into specific points on an animal’s body. Acupuncturists find that most illness is caused or perpetuated by abnormal circulation, whether too much or too little. Acupuncture normalizes the circulation to stop disease, restore balance in the body and aid in the natural healing process. Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain, however it can be used to treat a variety of other conditions in conjunction with Western medicine such as:
- Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, or traumatic nerve injury
- Dermatologic conditions such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
- Heart, liver and/or kidney disease
- Respiratory problems such as feline asthma
- Gastrointestinal problems such as Inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting, and diarrhea
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. An animal’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.
How Much Treatment Is Needed?
The success of the treatment will vary according to the condition being treated and the number and frequency of acupuncture treatments. The length and frequency of the treatments depends on the condition of the patient and the method of stimulation (dry needle, electroacupuncture, aquapuncture, etc.) that is used by the veterinary acupuncturist. A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments may need several treatments