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Acupuncture

Once exclusive to Chinese medicine, acupuncture is well respected in Western medicine today. Numerous studies point to success in using acupuncture to treat animals, and the veterinarians of Acacia Animal Health Center are pleased to offer this treatment modality for your special pets.

What Is Veterinary Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the art of manipulating needles in specific points on the body, to create therapeutic responses to disease conditions. Acupoints are in areas of increased electrical activity in the body, corresponding to regions with increased amounts of nerves or blood vessels. This treatment works by causing microtrauma to an area, thus increasing blood flow to that area. This increased blood flow changes the signaling pathways of the body, stimulating the immune system. In this way, acupuncture helps the body to help itself. Most pet owners prefer such treatment modalities to the use of high doses of drugs, often causing uncomfortable, or even harmful, side effects.

When Does It Help?

The stimulation from the acupuncture needles promotes pain relief and healing in specific types of conditions and diseases, such as arthritis and other forms of chronic pain. In addition to pain management, we use acupuncture for treating diseases, including various internal medical disorders such as kidney disease, liver disease, intestinal disease, asthma, cancer therapy, and much, much more.

Although quite useful in treating many disease conditions, we generally recommend acupuncture in combination with other treatments, such as chiropractic care, herbal medicine, laser therapy, physical rehabilitation, and even Western medicine. Successful acupuncture treatments may even reduce side effects or lower dosages of medications.

To discuss how your pet may benefit from acupuncture therapy, contact our Integrative and Holistic Medicine Department to schedule a consultation.

Additional Information About Acupuncture

For answers to your frequently asked questions about acupuncture, visit the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) website, a non-profit organization promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture

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