Veterinary Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of treatment for many diseases and disorders. The procedure involves the placement of fine needles in various locations found along pathways or meridians in an animal's body. This unblocks channels which, in turn, produces beneficial physiological changes changes based on hormonal, circulatory and neurologic shifts of energy.
Acupuncture also influences the elimination of discomfort through a variety of pain-inhibition feedback mechanisms. A variety of needle lengths and sizes are utilized, based on the size of the animal and location of needle placement.
The procedure usually takes about 15-20 minutes for the needles to stay in place.
Another form of Acupuncture is Electroacupuncture, where a small electric current is set at varying frequencies and passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. Electroacupuncture works to stimulate the body's healing processes by sending electrical impulses through the meridians, or channels, and the muscles and nerves. This procedure is often used for pain management because it can promote the release of neurotransmitters such as beta-endorphin, a natural analgesic.
Aquapuncture is the use of very small amounts of liquids injected into the body at the site of the various acupuncture points. B-12 is one of the most commonly used Aquapuncture liquids used to stimulate the points so as to provide longer lasting stimulation of that point.
The process of Aquapuncture is completed in a shorter amount of time than the15 - 20 minutes required for acupuncture needles to remain in place. This can be very helpful in nervous animals as acupuncture needles to be placed properly. It's also useful for those animals that have trouble staying still for the time needed for traditional acupuncture needles.