Acupuncture For Pets: Tiny Needles With Broad Applications

by Dr. Fincher / Tuesday, 13 June 2017 / Published in Pet Health, Wellness

acucatfaceAcupuncture has been a core healing practice in Chinese medicine for 3000 years. That kind of staying power isn’t surprising, when you consider the broad healing benefits that consistently result from it… and not just for humans! Acupuncture, which entails placing tiny needles into the skin at key trigger points on the body, has proven benefits for animals, as well. It’s a gentle therapy that can yield powerful results, and Central Animal Hospital is excited to now be one of a small number of South Bay veterinary clinics to offer this therapy.

So, how exactly do these little needles help with healing? The strategically placed needles stimulate specific nerves at the site of insertion, prompting the release of neurotransmitters that help dictate the brain’s response to activity in the region. The insertion of the needle triggers physiologic and chemical reactions that influence cell signaling, activating tissue repair, reducing inflammation, regulating circulation and increasing local blood flow.

Among the many conditions that can be treated as a result are: musculoskeletal and neurological conditions; respiratory issues; ocular disorders; skin problems; and urinary tract disorders. Acupuncture can provide relief from these and other health problems with minimal (if any) side effects, so it can safely be used in conjunction with medications. For pets with a sensitivity to medication, acupuncture can be a safe and effective alternative.

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