Acupuncture involves placement of extremely thin flexible needles on over 2000 different specific points on the body (not all at the same time!).
Practiced for literally thousands of years in China, acupuncture is one of the most common medical procedures in the world and is currently used by over 50,000 certified practitioners in the US alone.
Modern research is now catching up with ancient wisdom, showing that acupuncture works by multiple different mechanisms influencing nerve transmission and blood flow meaning improved oxygen delivery to injured tissues, reduced pain, and improved waste product removal.
Acupuncture has been accepted since 1997 as a scientifically-proven treatment for a multitude of conditions including arthritis, back pain, asthma, and chemotherapy side effects, by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is becoming more common to see Western medical practitioners who have expanded their offerings to include acupuncture therapy.
Our doctors perform a full evaluation of each pet, including their femoral pulses (inside of back legs) and tongue (color, consistency of saliva) to develop a customized Traditional Chinese medical treatment protocol. Acupuncture can be used along with other treatments to create a full spectrum of care for your pet.
Most patients are surprisingly accepting of the needles, which can have a very calming effect!