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Animal Veterinary Center - Bear, DE - What is Acupuncture? FAQs
Acupuncture may be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body that results in a therapeutic effect. There are 173 acupuncture points in animals. Acupuncture points are located in areas where there is a high density of nerve endings, mast cells, small blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. Studies indicate that stimulation of these points results in the release of beta-endorphin, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters.
Acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years. The earliest acupuncture book was written in the Qin-mu-gong" period (659-621 B.C.) by Dr. Bo Le.
METHODS AND GOALS:
Acupoints may be stimulated in many ways. These techniques include dry needling, moxibustion, AcQ-acupuncture and electro-stimulation. We may also discuss herbal medications and food therapy.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Most patients are very tolerant of acupuncture. There may be a small amount of discomfort as the needles are placed, but once they are in place, many animals will relax and even fall asleep. We do not recommend sedation prior to acupuncture as it decreases the effect of treatment by 30%.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
It depends on the nature, severity, and duration of the disease. Sometimes a single treatment is all that is necessary - especially for an acute injury and pain. Some conditions will require lifetime treatments. It is recommended to have one treatment weekly for the first 3 weeks, and reevaluate at the third visit. Visits tend to last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.
HOW MUCH DOES AN ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT COST?
The first visit is $125. The first visit (usually 1 hr) includes consultation, diagnosis, and your pet's first treatment. The remaining sessions are $56.50 per visit for dry needles. Moxa, acupuncture, or electro-stimulation may be performed for an additional fee.
WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PERFORM VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE?
Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture. There are a few schools in the U.S. that teach veterinary acupuncture. Dr. Shultz attended the Chi Institute in Florida where she received 133 hours of training that included lecture and hands-on. She also completed a 30 hour internship and is certified. You do not have to be certified to preform veterinary acupuncture, but certification ensures that the person performing the acupuncture has completed an official training program.
WHAT PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS ARE INDUCED BY ACUPUNCTURE?
Numerous studies show that acupuncture stimulation induces these physiologic effects: pain relief, regulation of gastrointestinal motility, anti-inflammatory effect, immuno-regulation, hormone and reproductive regulation, promotion of micro circulation and anti-febrile effect.
WHEN IS ACUPUNCTURE INDICATED?
Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, disk disease, arthritis, DJD
Neurologic disorders: seizures, laryngeal paralysis, facial and radial nerve paralysis
Other chronic conditions: asthma, behavioral problems, Cushing's disease, hypothyroidism, renal failure, geriatric weakness loss, chronic diarrhea, incontinence, mega colon, cystitis, gingivitis, liver disease, and skin problems.
Please contact us if you have any questions!