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Acupuncture is a technique from traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years. It consists of inserting very thin needles into specific pressure points of the body to promote healing, relieve pain, and release stress-relieving hormones and anti-inflammatory substances.

The benefits of acupuncture are numerous. Unlike medications and surgeries which tend to have negative side effects, the only side effects caused by acupuncture are positive. Below is a list of the positive results acupuncture can offer:

  • An increase in blood circulation
  • Stimulation of the nerves
  • Pain relief
  • Improved healing
  • Psychological benefits such as reduced anxiety
  • Relief of muscle spasms
  • A release of balancing hormones
  • A release of endorphins (a feel-good chemical)
  • A release of cortisol (a natural steroid)

Although the needles may seem intimidating, the procedure is not painful at all for small animals, but conversely, it is very relaxing and some animals may even become sleepy as the therapy releases calming chemicals in their brains. Larger animals may experience some minor pain because the needles used to break through their skin must be accordingly larger. Once the needles are in place, they will experience no pain.

If your pet has any of the following conditions or experiences, acupuncture may be a great option for them:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Respiratory problems such as asthma
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea
  • Particular reproductive problems

As shown, acupuncture has wide capabilities to alleviate the side effects of a variety of ailments. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other treatment plans, such as medication or surgeries, without interfering. In fact, because surgery and medication may have uncomfortable side effects, acupuncture can be particularly useful when used in combination with them to promote well being and comfort for the pet.