About Veterinary Acupuncture
Combining Modern Medicine With Ancient Healing Methods
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an energy-based system of healing that has the effect of activating the body’s ability to repair itself.
Based on a holistic concept of diagnosis, acupuncture treats the entire organism rather than just focusing on one aspect of a disease or illness.
Being practiced for approximately 4500 years, acupuncture is the oldest and most field- tested system of medicine. Veterinary acupuncture developed simultaneously to human acupuncture. Since the founding of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in the United States in 1974, it rapidly expanded all over the world as a successful complementary treatment method to modern veterinary medicine.
In acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body to treat and balance the entire patient. The needles are left in place for a certain amount of time, depending on the indication and condition of the animal.
In addition to needles, other methods can be used to stimulate acupuncture points, e.g. acupressure, aquapuncture, electro stimulation, laser and moxibustion.
Acupuncture is a form of integrative veterinary therapy. As a veterinarian and veterinary acupuncturist I offer expertise in both, modern and Traditional Chinese Medicine. By combining science and ancient healing methods, my aim is to provide the best possible treatment for each individual patient to restore and maintain a high quality of life.
How does acupuncture work?
The science behind an ancient healing method.
Acupuncture works by neuromodulation: Needle insertion causes micro trauma to the tissue and leads to a complex series of reactions that stimulate the nervous system.
By stimulating specific body points, blood flow is altered and the immune response of the body is affected.
The main effects resulting from needle insertion are:
- Pain relief
- Reduction of emotional and physical - stress
- Activation and control of immune and anti-inflammatory mechanisms
- Acceleration of tissue healing by increasing the blood flow to the affected area
- Regulation of autonomic nervous systems
The effect of acupuncture may vary with the combination of points used, the type of point stimulation and frequency of treatment.
Today acupuncture is well accepted by both the medical and veterinary profession. It can be used as a sole treatment, in conjunction with medications or surgery to achieve an improved outcome for the patient.