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Acupuncture in Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has four main components: acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na (medical manipulation). Acupuncture usually involved the insertion of thin sterile needles into discrete and specific points on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect, but may include other methods such as electrical stimulation and moxibustion. Studies have shown that acupuncture stimulation induces the following physiological effects: Pain relief, Promotion of tissue healing processes, Regulation of gastrointestinal motility, anti-inflammatory effects, Immunoregulation, Hormone and reproductive regulation, Antifebrile effects. Acupuncture is recommended by your pets health care physician when some of the following conditions are effecting your pet. Musculoskeletal  disorders like Muscle soreness or back pain. Neurological disorders like intervertebral disc disease, seizures, or nerve paralysis. Gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation. There are many disorders that Acupuncture can treat and continues on to allergies, skin issues, renal failure, crushing's disease, and even hyper/hypo- thyroidism. 

Many Clients seek options for helping their pets and here a a few of the most concerning questions clients have when if comes to deciding if acupuncture is the best option for their pet.

"Is Acupuncture Safe?"

- Yes! it is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Very few negative effects have been found in clinical cases. 

" How long does each treatment take and how many treatments are needed?"

- Each session may take 20-45 mins; the first session usually takes longer than the follow-up appointments. The amount of treatments needed all depends on the situation of the pet. Treatments can be done daily, weekly, monthly, or even further apart depending on the severity and chronicity of the condition.

" Does Acupuncture hurt?"

- Rarely! Acupuncture is not painful because acupuncture points are stimulated using very find needles, almost as thin as a hair. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxation effect, some animal will fall asleep during acupuncture treatments. In general sedation is not needed before an acupuncture treatment.   

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