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What is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny sterile needles into specific points on the body to produce a therapeutic effect/healing response. The Chinese refer to this as "Balancing the Qi". Acupuncture points are located in areas with many nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Each acupuncture point is used for specific ailments and illnesses and cause specific actions when stimulated. Research indicates that stimulation of acupoints induce the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters, which in turn, help the patient to feel better. Acupuncture be used in conjunction with conventional veterinary medicine or separately.
What is "Qi"?
Qi (pronounced chee) is essentially the energy that the body needs to thrive and survive. There are two types of Qi - Yin and Yang and in order for the body to thrive, both types of Qi must be balanced. In a healthy animal, Qi flows freely though the body and maintains the balance of Yin and Yang. Any physiologic or pathologic factor (such as trauma or infection) disrupts the balance of Qi and causes disease. Acupuncture helps to remove the blockage, thus re-balancing Qi.
Does it hurt?
Rarely! The needles are almost as thin as a strand of hair, and most animals don't even notice the needles. Some animals will even fall asleep during the procedure.
Is it safe?
Yes, acupuncture is extremely safe when administered by a trained Veterinarian.
How long does a treatment take?
The initial session typically takes 60-90 minutes and each follow-up appointment lasts between 30-60 minutes.
How many needles are used per treatment?
It's very dependent on the animal and the ailment that's being treated. Sometimes as little as one needle can be effective, while other times 30 or more more needles may be used.
How many treatments are needed?
Some results can be seen in as little as one treatment, but generally 3-5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart are needed to see a major improvement. Once the condition is addressed, follow-up treatments 3-12 months apart are often used as a preventative treatment.
Commonly treated conditions include:
- musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, lameness, and arthritis
- Performance enhancement
- Neurological disorders: seizures, IVDD, laryngeal hemiplegia, and nerve paralysis
- Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, vomiting, ulcers, colic, constipation and impactions
- Skin problems, allergies, heaves, asthma, cough
- Organ diseases: liver failure, renal disease
- Metabolic diseases: Cushing's disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, infertility
- Geriatric weakness
- Quality of life, cancer, and hospice care
- Prevention of disease
- Any conditions causing pain and/or inflammation
What is the cost of treatment?
The initial treatment costs $215 and each follow up treatment costs $150.
Call our office to schedule an acupuncture treatment!