Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art from China that has gained popularity in human and animal medicine because of its effectiveness in helping to relieve chronic pain, balance the body, and help it to heal. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body that are located along "meridians" or channels. Modern research has found that these meridians that the Chinese discovered centuries ago are actually nerve pathways along the body. Acupuncture points are actual areas of the body where there are free nerve endings. These areas or points also have higher concentrations of mast cells, veins and arteries, and lymphatic vessels. That's why when they are stimulated by a needle, an array of effects can happen. The body's natural pain relievers or endorphins can be released, mast cells can release chemical messengers which allow the body's defense mechanisms to turn on. Inflammation is reduced or controlled so that the by product (pain) can be reduced also.
Because our pets have become such important parts of our modern day life and there are many people who have benefited from acupuncture themselves, acupuncture is becoming a more popular treatment therapy for our pets. It's effectiveness has been studied in both humans and animals and cannot be denied. It does really work! Often acupuncture is combined with Chinese herbal medicine. When used together, greater improvement can be seen and sometimes with the support of an herbal medication, the need for acupuncture treatments can be minimized.
One of the great things about acupuncture is that it has no harmful side effects and can be used in conjunction with other treatments.
Common ailments that are treated with acupuncture:
Neck & back pain
Paralysis from Intervertebral disk disease or "slipped disk"
Of course, because acupuncture can help modulate the immune system, it can benefit overall health and therefore help with any medical condition.
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