Acupuncture is used to achieve healing and better health. The importance of acupuncture as an adjunctive form of care cannot be underestimated. The use of this ancient practice, which is thousands of years old, often improves recoveries in comparison to conventional therapies alone.
Science has documented that the physiologic response to acupuncture is real. There are several proposed mechanisms that show that stimulation of an acupuncture point releases endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters that support health.
Is Acupuncture for my Pet Safe?
Pet acupuncture is very safe when performed by a veterinarian certified in this skill. Acupuncture points can be stimulated in a variety of ways which can improve the comfort and the outcome of the treatments. For example, a pet that is sensitive to needles can have the points stimulated by using a Chinese massage technique called Tui-na.
The number of treatments is dependent upon the severity and the amount of time a condition has been hindering the pet. On average, 4 to 10 treatments may be needed to assess improvement. Sessions last on average of 20 to 60 minutes.
How Effective is Acupuncture Compared to Surgery?
Recent studies document the importance of acupuncture in helping with recoveries in dogs with disc disease. In 2010, a study by Joaquim published in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine Association showed that 40 dogs with severe neurological signs secondary to disc disease, responded better to electroacupuncture compared to surgery. There was 78% improvement with electroacupuncture versus decompressive surgery at a 40% success rate.