What is Acupuncture?

The stimulation of a specific point on th body with a specific method, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect. The ancient Chinese discovered 361 acupoints in humans and 173 acupoints in animals.

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 number of research studies have shown that stimulation of acupoints induce the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Therefore, acupuncture for pain relief is well supported by these scientific studies.

What are Acupuncture methods and goals?

Acupoints may be stimulated in a variety of ways. These techniques include dry needling, moxibustion, aqua-acupuncture and electro-acupuncture. Whatever tools are used, the goal is always the same: to restore the flow of Qi and allow homeostasis to return. 

How safe is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Very few side effects have been found in clinical cases.

How long does each treatment take?

Each session will take approximately 40-60 minutes.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

A proper acupuncture treatment may induce distension and heaviness sensations along the contraction of local muscle. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxation effect, some animals fall asleep during treatment.

Why is Acupuncture frequently combined with herbs?

Sometimes the application of Chinese Herbal Medication is chosen by the veterinarian as a support for acupuncture, or on occasion in lieu of it.

Above information presented by the Chi Institute (FAQ for Veterinary Acupuncture)