Acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles into acupuncture points on the body known to have physiologic effects on the body’s processes. These acupuncture points are arranged in specific areas of the body and are arranged in meridians. The Chinese believe that the balanced flow of energy in the meridians is the key to health. Thousands of years later we now know for a fact that these points are located in an area associated with key anatomical structures which include a nerve, artery vein and lymphatic vessel. Acupuncture therapy is used to treat a multitude of conditions.
Perhaps its best know effect is for treatment of back pain. It is often as effective as prescription medications without any of the side effects. Acupuncture will stimulate blood flow and promote healing of damaged tissues. It also stimulates the release of endorphins which are the bodies own natural pain mediators. It also stimulates nerves that block the action of nerve fibers responsible for chronic pain. Acupuncture has long been used before and after surgery for pain relief and to hasten healing and return to function.
Acupuncture has been shown to decrease nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy and for morning sickness in human patients. It is a wonderful way to increase an overall sense of well being in an animal that is chronically ill or nauseated.
Acupuncture has also been used for many internal conditions such as seizure disorders, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, allergic disorders, asthma, cancer, incontinence, feline cystitis, immune system support and any type of pain processes.
Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to optimize healing. When thinking of Chinese medicine, many think immediately of acupuncture. In China, herbal therapy is a very important part of the medical system and is emphasized more than acupuncture.