Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practised for over 2000 years. As in human medicine, acupuncture can be used in animals if performed by a vet surgeon certified in veterinary acupuncture.
Acupuncture involves a gentle insertion of fine, sterilized, single-use needle into the skin, by targeting acupoints and leaving them in place for some minutes. Most animals tolerate the needles well and the majority relax or fall asleep during the treatment.
There is evidence that acupuncture influences the production and the distribution of many neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, helping to alter the perception of pain.
Benefits from acupuncture may be seen in a wide variety of conditions including chronic orthopaedic problems and pain like osteoarthritis.
By applying pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles via electrical medical devices, it is possible to produce a stronger stimulation without causing tissue damage. According to the literature, good results are expected from electroacupuncture treatment of neurological diseases, including chronic pain, spasm, and paralysis.
Speak with you vet acupuncturist to have the best treatment for your pet.