How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?


Acupuncture for pets involves inserting needles into certain places in the pet’s body. This can help to promote a healing response. Each point where the needle is inserted does specific things to the pet’s body. While acupuncture cannot treat every condition, it can work well in some cases. This includes conditions that cause chronic pain for your pet, including some types of arthritis.


About Acupuncture

Veterinary medicine in China has used acupuncture for many years to treat a variety of different conditions in many types of animals. Even if the pet does not have a health problem, the Chinese often use acupuncture as a preventative treatment.

Now, you can find veterinary acupuncture all over the world. It is used either with Western medicine or by itself. Modern research has shown that it often yields a positive result in both humans and animals. More veterinary practices than ever before are choosing to use this treatment.


How It Works

Acupuncture has its roots in ancient times before there were modern scientific methods that could study it. But studies have been performed to show how it works. These studies have shown the physiologic mechanisms that are involved.

The process can be customized depending on what point is stimulated, how it is stimulated, and for how long it is stimulated. When these pressure points are stimulated, the nervous system will experience specific changes.

The acupuncture points have properties that can relieve pain. The properties can activate parts of the brain that are associated with the brain. According to the National Institute of Health, there is evidence that acupuncture can manage pain conditions. These included musculoskeletal pain and osteoarthritis.


Healing the Body

If your pet has a chronic condition, acupuncture can help their body to heal itself. This is because acupuncture affects physiological changes in your pet’s body. There are several ways that acupuncture can help your pet, including:

· Stimulating the nerves

· Relieving muscle spasms

· Increasing blood circulation

· Releasing hormones to control pain

Many studies have been done on how well acupuncture’s physiological effects work. However, much is still unknown about what acupuncture can do for your pet. More research is needed to understand the effects of acupuncture and how it can be used in veterinary medicine.


Will Acupuncture Help My Pet?

Acupuncture can help with musculoskeletal issues, including arthritis, nerve injuries, or intervertebral disk disease. Respiratory problems such as feline asthma can also be treated with this procedure. If your pet has skin problems like allergic dermatitis or lick granulomas, they can benefit from acupuncture treatment.

Some types of reproductive issues can also be treated with acupuncture. Gastrointestinal problems can also be addressed. The type of issue that your pet has will determine the type of acupuncture treatment they will receive. By using different acupuncture points, these different health issues can easily be addressed.


If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture may benefit your furry friend, please feel free to contact our Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic office in Roselle, NJ, at (908) 245-7853.