Dog Acupuncture

Could the alternative treatment of dog acupuncture help your dog?

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Practiced in China for thousands of years, acupuncture is the stimulation of certain points, or what practitioners call meridians, in the body. According to Chinese medical theory, energy flows through the meridians, and acupuncture corrects excesses or deficiencies in the body's energy flow. Needles are most commonly associated with acupuncture, but related techniques include applying pressure with the fingers (acupressure), burning an herb near the appropriate meridian (moxibustion), and injecting various solutions into the point (aquapuncture). The area may also be stimulated with ultrasound or lasers.

Conditions that are most responsive to acupuncture include musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis and hip dysplasia; partial tears of the cruciate ligament; postsurgical recovery; skin diseases and allergic dermatitis; and chronic diarrhea or vomiting. Veterinarians who use acupuncture find that it works best for pain relief. Sometimes acupuncture shows immediate results, but it's not always a quick fix and its benefits can be subtle. You must commit to regular treatments to see results. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with nutraceuticals, a food or food ingredient that is believed to have health benefits.

Acupuncture isn't appropriate for every ailment. Practitioners advise against using it to treat cancer. Performing acupuncture near or into a tumor, or along a meridian line that goes through the tumor can increase its size. Acupuncture is not recommended in conjunction with homeopathy, a system of medical practice that treats a disease with tiny doses of a remedy that in a healthy animal would produce signs of the disease being treated. The two forms of medicine can interfere with each other.

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Reprinted from The Original Dog Bible © 2005. Permission granted by BowTie Press.


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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

12/6/2012 11:34:29 AM

Very interesting information. thanks

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

11/13/2011 9:25:18 AM

good article, thank you

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Bruno   Cerritos, CA

6/6/2011 9:41:04 AM

Can you recommned a vet who performs acupuncture on small dog (terrier/chihuahua mix)in the greater los angeles area? Thanks

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Krista   Reno, NV

10/28/2010 10:48:28 PM

Over the last few days my dog had become unable to walk or even stand without buckling and falling. She is a 13 year-old cocker spaniel mix with arthritic knees and back problems. Today she had an acupuncture treatment. After the treatment was concluded and she was placed on the floor, she immediately started walking all throughout the vet's office and I had to move fast to catch up to her! It was a miraculous sight. I honestly thought I was going to lose her, but now I have so much hope for more years with this precious dog. It's not a one-time treatment, but the results of her initial session are truly astounding.

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