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What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient technique that originated in China thousands of years ago to prevent and treat illness, and relieve pain. This treatment regime, which involves inserting extremely fine needles into specific points on the body, was introduced to the United States during the latter half of the last century but is fast gaining widespread acceptance as an alternative therapy for people and animals.

How does it work?
Acupuncture is believed to produce an abundance of good health effects by enhancing or restoring the natural flow of energy (qi) in the body. According to acupuncture theory, qi circulates along meridians, or pathways. Each of these meridians links to internal organs and organ systems. Acupoints are the hundreds of spots along the meridians where needles can be inserted to stimulate the flow of qi, primarily affecting the muscular, skeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems.

How can acupuncture help my dog?
A growing number of veterinarians in the United States have discovered that dogs benefit from acupuncture similarly to the way humans benefit from this treatment. Besides relieving pain and muscle spasms in dogs, it stimulates their nerves and defense system, and provides numerous other health benefits.

What are some of the other dog ailments that might be treated with acupuncture?

Nervous disorders, including traumatic nerve injury
Respiratory problems, chronic nasal discharges, coughing and heaving
Colic and other gastrointestinal disturbances, inflamatory bowel syndrome and Inflamatory bowel disease

What preventive treatments does acupuncture help dogs with?

Simply put, acupuncture makes a dog relax and feel good.
Whenever your dog experiences flexible, tension- and fatigue-free muscles, it increases their range of motion.
It naturally stimulates the immune system by releasing various hormones, which improves a dog's’s response to injury and stress.
It promotes blood cell production and increases the circulation, rhythm and stroke volume of the dog's heart.

Is it painful? How will my animal react?
Acupuncture is usually performed with hair-thin, sterilized, stainless steel needles. They occasionally experience a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin in certain sensitive areas. Once the needles are in place, however, most animals relax. In fact, they often fall asleep during treatment.

Is it safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available when practiced by a competent acupuncturist. Side effects are rare. And since it balances the body’s healing system, and no chemicals are administered, complications rarely develop.

How often and for how long does one treat?
Treatments may last from 10 seconds to 30 minutes depending upon the condition treated and method employed. Patients are often treated one to three times a week for 4-6 weeks. A positive response is often noticed within the first 4-6 treatments, sometimes earlier, depending upon the condition treated.

 
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