Acupuncture has been practiced in both animals and human beings for thousands of years in China. The earliest veterinary acupuncture book "Bo Le Zhen Jing" (Bole's Canon of Veterinary Acupuncture) is believed to have been written by Dr. Bo Le in the Qin-mu-gong period (659B.C. to 621 B.C.). Veterinary treatment protocols using acupuncture were well documented in this textbook. Since then, acupuncture was and is still a part of the mainstream veterinary medical system in China.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in human and animal medicine to provide relief for many conditions. It is the practice of placing very fine needles at areas rich in nerve and blood supply to effect changes in the body. While the ancient wisdom of acupuncture can be considered an art, modern science has been interpreting the success experienced by patients. This has resulted in a more neurologic and anatomical-based approach to acupuncture. The American Veterinary Medical Association recognizes acupuncture within the practice of veterinary medicine as a complementary and integrative therapy.