Acupuncture is an older art that is being utilized more and more in the veterinary community. It is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that focuses on the body’s energy and ability to heal itself. Acupuncture uses specific points to stimulate the body and alleviate blockages to help return balance to the body.
This therapy can be used for injury, illness, pain or prevention. Acupuncture is a great adjunct or integrative therapy to Western Veterinary Medicine. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is a holistic way of approaching cases and strives to achieve wellness throughout the body. It is complementary to Western medicine and may work better on some chronic cases, especially those that aren’t responding well to other treatments.
Acupuncture is essentially inserting needles into specific points to attain energy flow and healing. It is a very safe modality with few severe side effects reported. Most animals tolerate and accept treatments very well. For those animals who aren’t as accepting to treatments, the therapeutic laser can be used in place of needles to stimulate the points.
Many treatments have a combination of acupuncture, Tui-na (a form of Chinese massage therapy) and a suggestion of herbal or food therapy to help your pet as fully as possible.
The number of treatments needed and the spacing between treatments is based on individual patient needs. Most conditions respond best to multiple treatments, but many times limited results are seen after the first treatment.
Dr. Aimee Vaughn completed her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in January of 2015 at the Chi Institute in Ocala, FL. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vaughn for acupuncture treatment, please give us a call at 1 (800) 700-VETS.
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