What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years. Acupuncture is used all over the world, either by itself or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of domestic and exotic animals. Acupuncture is not a cure-all, but can work well to treat certain diseases.


For what conditions is acupuncture indicated?

The following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:

• Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis or vertebral disc disease
• Skin problems, such as lick granulomas and allergies
• Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
• Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea
• Selected reproductive problems

How does acupuncture work?

According to Chinese medical philosophy, disease is the result of an imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture balances this energy and assists the body with healing disease.

In Western terms, acupuncture assists with the body healing itself by effecting certain physiological changes. Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).

How do I get more information?

If you would like to get more information you can contact
Dr. Willow Johnson at the Chidiac Animal Hospital at 705-835-7005.