Acupuncture has been practised in Chinese culture for thousands of years. It is based on the placing on needles into specific acupuncture points in the body to treat pain, illness and disease. Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the animal as a whole, regarding ill health as a reflection of the internal and external environment and aims to restore balance within the body. The modern Western concept of acupuncture is based on the nerve complex within the fascia of the body and the balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous, the Yin and the Yang.
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine or, where indicated, as a single modality. It can be used in conjunction with other complementary therapies including herbal medicine and laser.
What acupuncture can be used for:
Pain: osteoarthritis, soft tissue injury, post surgery, spinal injury.
Ill health [as an adjunct to conventional medicine]: gastrointestinal disease eg, inflammatory bowel, urinary, respiratory and skin disease and epilepsy.
What the treatment involves:
Needling is usually painless. The placement of needles and duration of treatment varies according to the patient and condition being treated. Animals often become very relaxed during the treatment. If the treatment cannot be tolerated low level laser light therapy can be used to treat the acupuncture points instead.
Treatment is usually given weekly for 4-6 weeks then adapted according to the response. In acute conditions less treatments may be required.
What response to expect:
Sometimes the effect is immediate but usually a response is seen over the following 48 hours. The duration of the effect can vary, with more treatments the duration of the effect should improve. In some cases the condition can temporarily worsen for the following 48 hours before showing signs of improvement. A small number of cases may not respond to acupuncture.