Dr. Amy Hinze, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Acupuncture can be used to help improve problems your pet might have, including those related to the musculoskeletal, reproductive, neurological, or gastrointestinal systems. Acupuncture can also be used to manage pain and hasten recovery after surgery.
Numerous studies show that acupuncture stimulation induces the following physiological effects:
- Pain relief
- Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
- Anti-inflammatory effect
- Hormone and reproductive regulation
- Anti-fever effect; microcirculation promotion
Acupuncture, which originated in China, has been used as a therapeutic treatment option for thousands of years. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is composed of numerous pathways called “meridians,” along which energy flows. When disease is present, energy is interrupted or unbalanced. Stimulating acupuncture points along the meridians can restore energy flow, resulting in improved health.
Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture therapy can be effective for the following conditions:
- Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease.
- Neurological disorders: seizure, facial and radial nerve paralysis
- Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, gastric ulcers, vomiting, and constipation
- Other chronic conditions: asthma, cough, uveitis, behavioral problems, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, infertility, renal failure, geriatric weakness, and allergic skin disease.
Because the needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, they cause minimal or no pain and are generally well tolerated by pets. However, incorrect placement of the needle or inadequate sterilization can result in pain or complications, which is why you should only have a qualified practitioner perform acupuncture on your pet.
To determine if your pet’s condition(s) may be responsive to this treatment modality, please set up an exam with Dr. Hinze, CVA, at Winslow Animal Hospital.