Studies have shown that acupuncture stimulation induces the following physiological effects:
- Pain relief
- Promotion of tissue healing processes
- Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Hormone and reproductive regulation
- Antifebrile effects
When is acupuncture recommended? Clinical trials indicated that acupuncture therapy can be effective in the following conditions:
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Neurological disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Other chronic conditions: skin problems, hives, asthma, cough, uveitis, renal failure, chronic liver diseases, behavioral problems, infertility, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, geriatric weakness, and anhidrosis.
- Quality of life, cancer, and hospice care
- Performance enhancement and the prevention of disease
How long does each treatment take? Each session may take 20 to 45 minutes; the first session usually takes longer than follow-up appointments.
How soon can we expect results? Some results can be seen immediately but others will require several treatments. Generally, a minimum of 3-5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before once can expect notable improvements.
Does acupuncture hurt? Rarely! Acupuncture is not painful because acupuncture points are stimulated using very fine needles, almost as thin as a hair. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxation effect, some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatments. In general, sedation is not needed before an acupuncture treatment.
Many acupuncturists choose to combine acupuncture with herbal medicine because the use of herbs enhances the effectiveness of acupuncture.
Dr. Angela Riffice is one of the few certified veterinary acupuncturists in the area. She is also certified in food and herbal therapy and will soon be a certified veterinary chiropractor.
Contact us today to learn more or to find out if acupuncture is right for your pet.