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Acupuncture is one of the four main components of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). The other components include Tui-na (massage therapy), herbal medicine and food therapy. Acupuncture alone is used to treat a variety of ailments allowing for a multi-pronged approach to your pet’s care.

Acupuncture has been practiced in both humans and animals for thousands of years in China and has been well documented through time. Modern research shows that acupoints are located in areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, inflammatory cells, blood and lymphatic vessels. A great number of these studies have shown that stimulation of these points releases endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Acupuncture is not painful because points are stimulated using very fine needles, almost the width of a strand of hair. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy

Our practice often recommends acupuncture and TCVM for pets having orthopedic or inflammatory conditions, those unable to receive conventional medications or surgery, or simply as an additional therapy to improve your pet’s quality of life and comfort. An initial consultation will include a complete physical exam as well as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Examination of your pet. The needles are placed in specific “acupoints” according to your pet’s condition. Your pet will then relax with you for approximately 25-30 minutes. The majority of pets do not mind the needles, many don’t even feel them! Following treatment, herbal medicines or food therapy may be recommended to further augment the acupuncture effects.

Generally a minimum of 3-5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before one can expect a notable difference however many clients report their pets having a boost in energy or comfort following a session. Very few negative effects have been found in clinical cases.

Acupuncture and TCVM has the ability to improve many of the following common conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Ligament/Soft Tissue Trauma
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Cancer
  • Hormonal/Endocrine disorders (Cushing’s, Diabetes mellitus, Addison’s)

And many more!

If interested in acupuncture for your pet or have questions, please call us to set up an appointment with Dr. Natalie Poulter at 310-546-5731.