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The Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture

Holistic veterinarian Dr. R. Addleman, DVM, DABVP, CVA treating dogs and cats with acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet therapy, nutritional supplementsAcupuncture increases circulation, causes a release of many neurotransmitters and neurohormones (some of which are endorphins, the “natural pain-killing” hormones), relieves muscle spasms, stimulates nerves, and stimulates the body’s defense system, among many other beneficial effects. Acupuncture is not a “one-time fix”, nor is it a cure-all. It is not uncommon for owners to observe improvement in their pet’s condition after the first acupuncture treatment.  Depending upon the severity of the disease, some pets may not show any signs of improvement until the sixth or eighth treatment. Effectiveness should not be assessed until after three to four treatments.

Acupuncture can bridge the gap between medicine and surgery. In China, it is often used as the primary treatment before conventional medicines and surgery. In small animals, such as dogs and cats and large animals, acupuncture is most commonly used for: musculoskeletal problems (e.g. arthritis), skin problems, nervous disorders, reproductive disorders, respiratory problems, poor immunity and internal medicine problems such as heart (cardiac) and kidney (renal) disease, etc. Acupuncture is now known to affect all major physiologic systems including the musculoskeletal, hormonal, and cardiovascular systems.