treatment is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a health care system that has been clinically validated for over four thousand years in both humans and animals.  Treatment consists of inserting fine (sterile) steel needles into points in the body that have been shown to exert therapeutic effects.  These include pain relief, neural stimulation, anti-inflammatory effects, and endocrine regulation.  Depending upon the problem, sometimes the needles are accompanied with a warming treatment (moxibustion) or an electrical stimulation (electro-acupuncture).

Treatments are relaxing and minimally invasive.  Acupuncture can be an alternative when your animal is intolerant to pharmaceuticals normally used to treat its condition, as well as reduce the level of drug use required to maintain health.  Acupuncture can also be a valuable supportive treatment for animals under your regular veterinarian’s care for chronic disease syndromes, such as heart conditions, renal failure, or advanced degenerative joint disease.

Some of the common conditions that have been shown to respond well to acupuncture treatment are:

  1. inflammatory bowel disease

  2. renal insufficiency

  3. heart insufficiency

  4. immune disorders

  5. pain syndromes

  6. arthritis