Acupuncture has been used for over 4000 years, and has been used with animals probably for as long as with people. Traditional Chinese medicine describes meridians as channels of "Qi", or energy, that flow around the body. Acupuncture helps to channel the flow of energy through the meridians of the body. Most acupuncture points are on these meridians and each of these points has a specific action.
Acupuncture is most often carried out using fine needles. They may be left in the acupuncture points from a few minutes up to half an hour. Other methods include the use of laser, pressure, injections and cupping. To the surprise of many people, most animals are extremely tolerant of acupuncture. Once the needles are placed, many become quite relaxed.
Acupuncture has been used successfully in the treatment of many conditions. It is best known for its use in the musculoskeletal system. Degenerative joint disease, spinal conditions and acute inflammation of joints or muscles are some examples. It can also be included in the treatment protocols for conditions such as liver and renal disease, inflammatory bowel disease, infectious diseases to name a few.
Larkhill Vets is very happy to have one of the states most experienced acupuncture practitioners on staff, and to be able to offer this service if required or requested.