Acupuncture is the process of inserting needles into the body to produce a healing response. The Chinese have used acupuncture in veterinary practice for thousands of years. Acupuncture can be effective alone or in conjunction with Western veterinary medicine.
Your pet’s body has 14 major energy channels, and acupuncture points are located on those energy channels. The ancient Chinese discovered 173 acupoints in animals. These channels contain a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. The stimulation of acupoints releases Beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters to provide pain relief and healing. In other words, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes.
Acupuncture has been shown to help pets with pain, osteoarthritis, vomiting, cancer pain, endocrine disorders, and much more. It helps pets even more than you and I might realize so be sure to discuss your pet’s’ case with your veterinarian to see whether or not acupuncture might be helpful! You may want to consider adding acupuncture to keep your pet as active and healthy as possible.
Many owners worry that their pets won’t tolerate acupuncture. However, the opposite is true. Many quickly learn to love it!