Veterinary Acupuncture is a form of medicine that has been widely practiced all over the world for nearly 2000 years. There are many techniques and philosophies regarding the use of this practice, and practitioners agree that acupuncture is generally safe, affective and versatile. Acupuncture is the placement of tiny, sterile needles into precise locations of the body. The goal is to stimulate nerves in the body; this will cause a local reaction in the muscles and skin, but also send signals to the spinal cord and brain of the patient. This should cause the release of antiiflammatories, natural endorphins and hormones. The accumulative affect is to give pain relief to the patient, but also promote self healing and improved function to certain areas of the body. Acupuncture can be used in animals to treat spinal pain and dysfunction, arthritis, asthma, dermatitis, seizure disorder, sinus problems, reproduction and lactation problems. In people, acupuncture is also commonly used to help overcome addiction, depression and many forms of chronic pain. Acupuncture can be used alone as a treatment, but is most often combined with medications and supplements to enhance quality of life for the patient. Most patients require 4 to 6 treatments so see the maximum benefit from acupuncture, and then treatments ‘as needed’ for maintenance.

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