The origin of veterinary acupuncture dates back to ancient China. The Chinese practiced acupuncture first on horses and farm animals then on dogs, cats, and birds. Acupuncture unblocks the Qi energy to boost the immune system which aids in self-healing by causing the body to release endorphins and hormones while decreasing internal and external inflammation.
Qi energy flows through meridians. Animals have meridians and reflex points similar to humans. The meridians are connected with internal organs, muscular and joint structures, and the nervous system. Acupuncture points lie on these meridians. They are areas of the skin at which the flow of Qi can be affected. When an animal is unhealthy, there is an imbalance or interference with the flow of Qi. The acupuncturist manipulates the Qi by stimulating specific acupuncture points, which alleviates the blockage or imbalance.
Some health issues that respond favorably to acupuncture include: arthritic disorders, muscular injuries, reproductive disorders, hormonal issues, neurological disorders, problems with the digestive, urinary and respiratory systems.
At Well Point Veterinary Service we have seen a number of animals with muscular injuries or arthritic conditions respond very well to acupuncture treatment. Owners often describe the results as an increase in energy or activity level in their pets without the signs of previous pain.
Acupuncture does not hurt the animal. Many animals fall into a relaxed state during the treatment. The best results from acupuncture come from a regular monthly maintenance schedule.
Acupuncture can be done with needles or laser. We offer both options; but are currently promoting acupuncture using the Grady Laser.
L.A.S.E.R. or Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission Rays is a means of directing highly concentrated coherent light at a concise wavelength to the muscles, tissues, organs, connective tissue, formed elements of the blood and the living matrix of the body. Laser light then communicates to the cells on a very basic and powerful level. This type of laser is used for arthritis, muscular, tendon and ligament problems, to stimulate tissue healing (including infected wounds). The laser is used instead of needles to stimulate the acupuncture points and is well tolerated by animals. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either alone or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing.
Dr. Best has been certified in Veterinary Acupuncture since 1997.
See Beaureguard (black/brown dog), in the above image, getting his laser treatment.