Acupuncture & animals???

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body, correlating with paths (or meridians), resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect. This specific point on the body is called "Shu-xu", meaning acupoint. Animals have 173 acupoints. Research has shown that acupoints are located in areas with high density free nerve endings, mast cells, blood and lymphatic vessels. Stimulation of these points induces the release of many "feel-good" neurotransmitters, such as beta-endorphins and seratonin. Scientifically, the physiological processes triggered by acupuncture leads to pain relief, reduction in inflammation and improved motor movement.

traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture

Acupuncture was identified and practiced over 2,000 years ago when modern science was not available to diagnose to treat ailments. The ancient Chinese discovered that the health of the body depends on the state of "Qi", or life force. Qi is always flowing through the body, maintaining balance and homeostasis. When the flow of Qi is interrupted, stagnation ensues, leading to pain and/or disease.

Diagnoses of these conditions are dependent on observations of the patient, tongue color and shape, and pulses characteristics. These observations lead to a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnoses. Acupuncture points and herbals are selected based on these diagnoses.

when is acupuncture indicated?

  • Anytime and All the Time!
  • Pain Relief
  • Improve Mobility
  • Anti-inflammatory Effects
  • GI Regulation

specific conditions:

  • Geriatric (Older Age) Management
  • Orthopedic Concerns: arthritis, hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament injuries, forelimb lameness, spondylosis management
  • Neurological Concerns: disc disease, degenerative myelopathy, tumors
  • Cancer Management
  • Seizures
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders: diarrhea, ulcers, colic, vomiting, constipation, weight loss, poor appetite
  • Immune Imbalances (such as Autoimmune conditions)
  • Internal Medicine Management: endocrine diseases, congenital problems (i.e. megaesophagus)
  • Skin Conditions
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement (for performance dogs)

Why combine herbs with acupuncture?

All Chinese herbs prescribed by Dr. Bhatt are formulated and packaged by accredited veterinarians in the United States. Chinese herbs are frequently used as a support for acupuncture, on in lieu of it. Herbs are meant to "work" when acupuncture cannot be performed.

acupuncture safety

Acupuncture is a completely safe medical procedure. There are only a couple of contraindications when performing acupuncture, but it is the responsibility of the trained medical professional to be fully aware of the patient's medical history prior to needling. In the US, only veterinarians fully certified in acupuncture are qualified to practice acupuncture. Please look for the practitioner's certification letters, "CVA".