Acupuncture is a form of treatment developed some 3 or 4 thousand years ago in China. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points in the body to produce physiologic responses which result in a healing effect.
The Ancient Chinese said that illness was a state of imbalance or blockage in the normal energy flows of the body and that acupuncture, acting on the channels of energy flow, restored them to normal. Modern research has shown that acupuncture can affect most body systems.
Partner, Chris Monk, has been using acupuncture successfully for a number of years and has passed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Examination. He is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA).
Acupuncture is especially useful in the following conditions:
Arthritis Back pain Chronic catarrh Chronic diarrhoea Disc disease Hip dysplasia Incontinence Injuries involving the ligaments, tendons and muscles. Paralysis Sinusitis Spondylosis Certain skin conditions “Trapped nerves”
Additionally it can help any chronic pain which is not being controlled adequately by conventional treatment or when side effects area problem.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of a varying number of needles which are left in place for approximately 20 minutes.
The average number of treatments is about four and if improvement follows it will usually be apparent by then. Some problems may need as many as six treatments before showing any signs of improvement but generally if there is no improvement at all after three treatments it is unlikely that acupuncture will have an effect.
Treatments are usually once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals according to progress. Chronic conditions may subsequently require booster treatments at varying intervals.
Animals accept needles fairly well and will often relax and some will even fall asleep during the treatment.
There is very little risk from acupuncture when in expert hands. In some strong reactors temporary aggravation is quickly followed by substantial relief.
Acupuncture is a useful form of therapy especially for conditions that do not respond well to orthodox means. It is not a cure-all but should be considered with other established methods of treatment. It can fill a gap but will never replace conventional therapy but can sometimes be beneficial when other treatments have failed.
It has the advantage that undesirable side effects of some drug therapy can be avoided.