Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice of inserting needles into specific points on the body to achieve a desired healing effect. Originating in China over 3,000 years ago, acupuncture is now used worldwide either alone or in combination with western medicine.
In traditional Chinese medicine, disease is said to result when there is an imbalance of energy in the body. Treatment with acupuncture is believed to restore balance, thereby assisting the body to heal itself naturally. Further research has now demonstrated multiple mechanisms by which acupuncture accomplishes this, including improvement of nutrient and blood circulation, activation of the local and central nervous systems, and promoting an anti-inflammatory response.
As a result, relief of pain is experienced in both acute and chronic conditions, as well as a more functional and balanced immune response, and acceleration of soft tissue healing.
The overall goal of acupuncture is to improve your pet’s quality of life and to promote a healing process. There are many indications for the use of acupuncture including:
- Acute and chronic pain control
- Neurological dysfunction
- Arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Respiratory conditions
- Urinary tract conditions
- Reproductive disorders
- Dermatologic problems
- Immunological diseases
- Behavioral issues
Dr. Farrah Austin is currently working on obtaining her certification in acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She is very excited to be bringing this treatment option to Grace Animal Hospital.