Acupuncture is a therapy that has been practiced on both humans and animals for over 3,000 years in China. It can be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body resulting in a desired healing effect.
Veterinary acupuncture is very safe with few side effects ever reported. It is virtually painless. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy during their treatment.
Initial consultations typically take 60-90 minutes while follow up visits can range from 20-60 minutes. Sometimes a single treatment is enough, other times a series of 3-10 treatment is needed to help resolve a pet's chronic health problems.
Veterinary acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating many diseases including but not limited to:
- Musculoskeletal problems (arthritis, degenerative joint disease, disc problems)
- Behavioral disorders
- Skin conditions
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Chronic renal failure
If you are interested in learning more about how veterinary acupuncture may benefit your pet, please schedule an acupuncture consultation appointment with Dr. Ashley Elia.
PBS Spotlight on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)
Click below to watch the PBS video feature on the history of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and the benefits of integrating TCVM with Western medicine.