Acupuncture involves the placement of ultra-fine needles at specific points on the body to treat illness and disease. Veterinary acupuncture has two main categories:
- Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.
Acupuncture has it’s origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been used over thousands of years as a tried and tested form of healthcare treatment for a wide range of conditions. Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach with very thorough history taking and physical examination. It often explains illness in terms of imbalances in Yin and Yang as well as the flow of Qi within the body.
- Western Veterinary Acupuncture.
In this country most of us are more familiar with Western Medicine, where we use examination and diagnostic tests to investigate illness and then follow with either medical or surgical treatment. Over the past 40 years there has been much research into veterinary acupuncture and it’s applications, which has led to the development of Western Veterinary Acupuncture. Whilst this approach has evolved from TCM, it is explained more in terms of it’s influences on the sectors of the nervous systems within the body, altering the release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters to control pain and many other symptoms.
I like to use a combination of the two approaches. I will use my Western medical knowledge and understanding of your pet’s condition along with a thorough physical examination focusing on palpation of muscle and skeleton to give me a comprehensive assessment. I will then use my findings along with my knowledge of acupuncture points to formulate a treatment plan.
If your pet is already being treated with conventional medicine I will work alongside these treatments with the aim of further improving their symptoms and quality of life. As well as an improvement in specific symptoms, owners of animals receiving acupuncture often report a general improvement in demeanour with their pets appearing much brighter and happier.
What can Acupuncture be used for?
As well as being used for pain relief for both chronic and more acute conditions, acupuncture can be used to treat the following:
- Skin disease, particularly slow healing wounds, immune-mediated conditions and lick granulomas,
- Gastrointestinal disease,
- Chronic respiratory disease,
- Epilepsy and other neurological complaints,
- Behavioural issues, such as separation anxiety.