Most people will be aware of acupuncture in human medicine but many people do not realise that our animal friends can also benefit.
The Chinese have used acupuncture for thousands of years to treat ailments and conditions especially painful conditions. Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated.
Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated including
Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, or traumatic nerve injury
Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea
Selected reproductive problems
Adding acupuncture to a treatment plan can help to reduce the patient’s requirements for medications which may have undesirable side effects.
Most importantly, acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced correctly and is well accepted by the majority of animals.
Scientific research into acupuncture has made enormous progress over the past 40 years and now explains much of acupuncture’s actions which had previously only been understood in the ancient concepts of health described in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Sarah Holmes (Heywood) is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (www.abva.co.uk). The ABVA maintains standards of education, ethics, practice and discipline to ensure the health and wellbeing of animals in the UK and provides a basic standard for the clinical application and integration of this ancient yet progressive medicine into veterinary practice.
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