People wonder how acupuncture works and if there is any scientific evidence to warrant it application. Researchers have been mapping acupuncture points for years to determine their anatomic and physiological relationships. Acupuncture points are located at a focus of nerves and blood vessels that travel to the areas of the body affected by stimulation of a particular point. How the ancient Chinese and other cultures understood these anatomic relationships remains a mystery.
Although acupuncture points can stimulate nerves to release various endorphins and neurologic transmitters, acupuncture has also been recognized to have a major impact on blood flow to various organs. By regulating blood flow (enhancing blood supply to areas in need of nutrients and oxygen and shunting blood away from inflamed areas), acupuncture can help our patients with musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal maladies. Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to conventional therapies or as a sole therapeutic modality.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine has similar effects as acupuncture, targeting the organ desired. It can be a very helpful addition to Western therapies used in skin conditions, respiratory problems, and gastrointestinal disease among other problems.
Although acupuncture is very safe, some pets can become very tired for up to 48 hours following a treatment. Treatment times can be adjusted to each individual’s needs. Most sessions last between 10 and 20 minutes and,
depending on the problem, are repeated every 1-2 weeks. Neurological problems may require more frequent treatments, depending on the severity of the condition.
It is nice to know there are other tools in our tool chest to choose from when challenging problems arise.