Acupuncture is an incredibly safe therapy that can be used alone or in conjunction with Western medications and surgery. Most animals tolerate the treatments extremely well, although some points may be sensitive. During the treatments, the animals often relax and may even fall asleep. The length and frequency of treatments will depend on the individual animal.
Acupuncture is the placement of needles into specific points on the body to produce a specific response or action. Chinese medicine has utilized acupuncture for thousands of years for the treatment of various ailments, as well as a preventative medicine. The Chinese believed that acupuncture regulated the flow of Qi or energy, through the body and that an imbalance in the body resulted in illness and disease.
In Western medicine, we think of acupuncture as a trigger for specific physiological changes in the body such as nerve stimulation, increased blood circulation, relief of muscle spasms and release of hormone like endorphins and cortisol. Though we do not fully understand how acupuncture works, there have been numerous scientific studies that support the use of acupuncture for painful conditions.