Allandale Veterinary Hospital is delighted to offer acupuncture therapy and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to your beloved companions!
What is Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)?
TCVM is made up of four different components: 1. Acupuncture 2. Herbal medicine 3. Food therapy 4. Tui-na (medical manipulation). Acupuncture in particular involves the insertion of very fine and sterile needles into specific acupoints on your pet’s body to cause a beneficial and healing effect. These Acupoints can also be stimulated through the use of electrical stimulation, moxibustion (heat), and injection of diluted b12 also known as aquapuncture.
What is the science behind acupuncture?
Acupoints have been found to bespecific locations where there is a highdensity of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels.
By stimulating these specific points we are causing the release of:
- Qi (“chee”) energy
- And other neurotransmitters
What is Qi?
Qi is the life force or vital energy of an organism. It is made up of two contrasting energy forms: Yin and Yang. This energytravels along channels/Meridians withinthe body.
In a happy and healthy animal, Qi isconstantly flowing throughout them witha perfect balance between Yin and Yang.
When the balance and flow of Qi isinterrupted or blocked by something (i.e. disease, viral infection, bacterial infection, etc.) it causes an imbalance between Yin and Yang. This imbalancecan often cause pain and disease.Acupuncture stimulation helps to removethese blockages, frees up the flow of Qi,and returns the balance between Yin and Yang. This allows the body to heal itself and return to homeostasis.
Is Acupuncture safe?
YES! Acupuncture is considered a very safe alternative therapy when practiced by a trained and certified veterinarian. Very few negative effects have been documented.
Does acupuncture hurt?
RARELY! The needles used in acupuncture are VERY fine (think width of a hair).
Many animals find the treatments relaxing and may fall asleep during their sessions. Sedation is very rarely needed for pets to receive an acupuncture treatment.
How long does each treatment take?
Once an initial TCVM assessment is done on your companion, their first acupuncture session can begin. Typically sessions are 20-45min in length after the initial assessment is performed.
How soon can we expect results?
Depending on the condition being treated,results can be seen immediately or after several treatments.
In general a minimum of 3-5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart are needed for chronic conditions before results are seen.
How many treatments are needed?
It all depends on your pet and the condition being treated. Treatments can be done daily, weekly, monthly, or further apart depending on how severe the condition is and how long your pet has been dealing with it.
Benefits of acupuncture
- Decrease pain
- Stimulate tissue healing
- Gastrointestinal motility regulation
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Reproductive and hormone regulation
- Reduce fevers
Precautions of acupuncture
Acupuncture should be used with caution when treating:
- Open wounds
How do we utilize acupunctureand TCVM at AVH?
At AVH we combine conventional mainstream therapy with non-conventional therapies (acupuncture, TCVM etc.) in order to provide your pet with the most integrative approach leading to the best possible outcome for your companion.
Common Conditions Treated
- Muscle soreness
- Back pain
- Degenerative joint disease
- Intervertebral disk disease
- Facial and radial nerve paralysis
- Gastric ulcers
Other chronic conditions:
- Skin problems
- Renal failure
- Chronic liver diseases
- Behavioural problems
- Cushing’s disease
- Geriatric weakness
- Quality of life/cancer/hospice care