Acupuncture is one of the four main components of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).
The other three being herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na (medical manipulation). Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into specific points (acupoints) on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect.
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.
Most acupoints are motor points, and many studies show that stimulation of these acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonins, and other neurotransmitters.
Each session may take between 45-60 minutes; the first session usually takes longer than follow-up appointments, and can be up to 75-90 minutes.
Some results can be seen immediately, but others will require several treatments. Generally a minimum of 3 to 5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before one can expect to see notable improvement.
Very rarely. Acupuncture is not painful because acupoints are stimulated using very fine needles. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxation effect, some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatments. In general, sedation is not needed before acupuncture treatments.
Studies have shown that acupuncture stimulation induces the following physiological effects:
When is acupuncture recommended?
Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture therapy can be effective in the following conditions: