Acupuncture is a Chinese ancient art of healing to improve health and well being by placing fine needles into specific points in the body. This ancient Chinese healing art has been around 5,000 years for use in people. The earliest animal acupuncture charts — for horses — were from 136 A.D. So the technique has been used with animals for quite awhile as well.
Research has shown Acupuncture helps to relieve pain, relax muscles, increase blood flow and oxygen delivery. Acupuncture is used mainly for musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, sore backs and vertebral disc pathology. It is also used to treat respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, skin disease and much more. Acupuncture can be used as a treatment by itself or in conjunction with traditional medicine.
The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture lists the following conditions as among the most responsive to acupuncture:
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative joint disease
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Urinary tract infections
- Inflammation (systemic inflammatory conditions)