Animal Acupuncture—A Grrreat Alternative!

Typically, when one thinks of acupuncture, one thinks of any variety of acupuncture procedures for, well, people.  Acupuncture, like that offered by ABC Acupuncture, is nothing new and has been used as a successful medical procedure for more than 5000 years, originating in Ancient China.  Did you know that animals, too, can benefit from holistic healing?   Don’t assume, however, that acupuncture techniques for animals just emerged.    Animal acupuncture began about 2,000 years ago, at least as far as historians can tell.  The earliest records for animals are dated at 136 A.D.

Acupuncture is a fully accepted medical procedure with the World Health Organization and acupuncture’s premise lies with modifying and normalizing the flow of energy within one’s body.  When energy flow becomes obstructed, inflammation, pain, organ functions and a variety of diseases and illnesses can result; and animals are no exception to this.

Acupuncture Is Effective And Widely Accepted:

In addition to acupuncture’s open-armed acceptance by the World Health Organization, the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, recognizes acupuncture needles as official ‘medical equipment’; and The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture also confirms the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating a  wide variety of animals, both large and small.  Dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and even exotic zoo animals such as elephants and tigers would share their testimonies if only they were able to speak!

Some common conditions that have proven to be very responsive to acupuncture with animals, include the following:

1:  Hip dysplasia

2:  Degenerative joint disease

3:  Epilepsy

4:  Urinary tract infections

5:  Arthritis

6:  Allergies

7:  Inflammation

And these conditions represent only a few of many animal ailments that can be successfully treated with acupuncture.

Types Of Animal Acupuncture Procedures:

Very thin needles are used in acupuncture therapy; but other options exist that just might surprise you.  Let’s take a look at a few:

1:  Electro-acupuncture:

Electro-acupuncture is what it sounds like—using a minute amount of electricity with a needle which stimulates the flow of electricity.

2:  Laser-acupuncture: 

Laser-acupuncture does not use needles, at all.  Laser-beams are a wonderful alternative for pets who would not be able to lie still due to needle insertion. 

3:  Aqua-puncture:

Aqua-puncture involves small drops of sterile liquid inserted at under-the-skin acupuncture points.

4:  Moxibustion:

Moxibustion is an unusual name which simply involves a gentle heating process for the needles with a special herb.  Also, small cones or cylinders of concentrated plant derivatives can be heated and placed on specific areas of the animal’s skin, providing warmth, relaxation and healing.  Many times the heated cone or cylinder doesn’t actually touch the animal’s body but rests on special topical paste applied on the skin beforehand.   The heat treatment stimulates specific acupuncture points of the animal’s body; and older animals, or those pets with arthritis, are good candidates for moxibustion.

Animals, like people, vary in their abilities to naturally heal and because of that, one acupuncture procedure that works dramatically and immediately for one animal may not be the best procedure for a different animal.  At times, trying different holistic healing methods will reveal which procedure or procedures are the best.  Acupuncture is customized to cater to an animal’s unique physiology, and how that particular physiology will respond to various treatments.

Being Proactive:

Without sounding presumptuous, it’s probably safe to say that most licensed animal acupuncturists will tell pet owners that one should incorporate acupuncture proactively—in other words, create wellness, via acupuncture, to prevent illness.  But if illnesses or medical conditions have already set it, acupuncture is a proven, widely-accepted approach that seeks to prevent beloved pets from experiencing unnecessary surgeries, painful recoveries and taking medications, as well as helping pet owners avoid huge veterinary bills!