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Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body to cause a therapeutic effect such as pain relief, hormone regulation, decrease inflammation and immune system regulation.
Acupuncture can treat a variety of diseases including but not limited to pain and lameness, neurological disorders (seizures, disc disease, wobbler’s disease), dermatological disorders, behavioral disorders (anxiety, fear and aggression), reproductive disorders (infertility or impotence), gastrointestinal disorders (colic, vomiting, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease), and improvement of quality of life in geriatric and/or cancer patients.
Yes, there are usually minimal to no side effects if performed by a professional. There are rare and minor side-effects such as local infection and bruising in the area where the needle is inserted.
The insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy. However, it does cause an energetic sensation which may be uncomfortable to some animals.
It depends on the condition, how long the condition has been present and the age of the animal. Generally, acute conditions resolve quickly while chronic conditions require multiple treatments. For example, an acute lameness is generally resolved within 3-5 treatments.
Yes, Acupuncture is commonly used in conjunction with traditional modalities and medications.
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