Acupuncture may be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body to initiate healing, control pain, and improve and maintain health. Acupuncture is a manner of helping the body heal itself, and is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. It has been used successfully for nearly 4,000 years on animals and humans.
Modern research shows that acupoints are located in the areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. A great number of studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induce the release of beta-endorphin, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Therefore, acupuncture increases circulation, relieves muscle spasms, regulates gastrointestinal motility, achieves anti-inflammatory effect, promotes microcirculation and has anti-febrile effects.
Acupuncture treatments may last for as little as 10 seconds to as long as 30 minutes, depending on the issue, desired effect, age of the animal and region stimulated. Most follow-up treatments take three minutes.
Our hospital offers acupuncture services for your pet and it may be recommended as a preventative measure or to help treat disease. Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that is believed to stimulate the flow of energy forces that nourish tissues, stimulate blood flow, and enhance body systems.
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