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Acupuncture is simply defined as; inserting needles into specific locations on the body to promote healing. Acupuncture is quite safe and can be indicated for use in various medical problems.
Acupuncture originated thousands of years ago in China. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that “Chi” or “Qi” is the vital force that flows within the body. The “Chi”
travels through channels in the body called meridians. These meridians flow along the surface of the body and deep within the body to connect with all the organs and tissues. Meridians are related anatomically to neurological, vascular and lymphatic pathways. When disease is present, imbalances or disruptions can occur to the “Chi”. The meridians that coincide with the surface of the body can then be stimulated to a balanced “Chi”. This balancing can result in adjustments in; blood flow, nervous and muscle tone, hormone levels and or the function of organs.
How safe is acupuncture? Acupuncture is quite safe. It is generally performed with very thin flexible needles usually madeof surgical stainless steel. There is a minimal amount of minor pain as the needle passes through the skin, but this pain leaves once the needle is beyond the skin. Side effects are minimal to none and very infrequent. Some animals are lethargic after a treatment, some appear to worsen, but within 24-48hrs the conditions most often improve. Very rarely an infection can develop at the injection site, but this is very uncommon.
Acupuncture is indicated for many medical reasons. Acupuncture can be indicated for functional problems such as paralysis, allergies and pain. Some general conditions treated with acupuncture are; musculoskeletal issues such as arthritis, urinary incontinence, skin problems such as lick granulomas and respiratory problems such as feline asthma. Overall veterinary acupuncture is very safe.