Acupuncture is an ancient art that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is performed by inserting tiny needles into scientifically determined points on the body. The outcome is a method of communication with nervous system, signaling the brain to alleviate pain and heal the body. The needle stimulates a chemical exchange between the brain and affected tissue. A message is sent from the needled tissue, through the spinal nerve roots and up the spinal cord to the brain. Information is exchanged and hormones are released by the pituitary glands and other parts of the body. The release of hormones and substances travel back to the body to begin alleviating pain, relaxing muscles, improving body function and healing tissue.
Acupuncture can be used to help acute and chronic conditions. The following is a list of some of the routine reasons I use acupuncture in my practice:
- Pain management
- Tissue healing
- Balance Immune system – Autoimmune disorders or strengthening body from immune insult
- Improve organ function (Kidney, Liver, Gastrointestinal tract, Pancreas, Gallbladder, Urinary Bladder, Heart, Skin).
- Maintain Steady State of body system
- Hearing loss
- Hospice care
Acupuncture is not just a simple tool in the toolbox of practitioners. It is a way of life. Once you begin to work with acupuncture, you view medicine differently. It leads you to the concept of balancing the body. It helps you understand how stress negatively impacts the body and throws it out of balance. But with treatments you can return to balance. It’s simple and requires very little, but helps very much. I highly recommend acupuncture as a regular plan in your pet’s life to maintain balance. And, most importantly, most animals really enjoy acupuncture and can’t wait to come back for more treatments!