The Process of Acupuncture for Horses and Dogs
Humans have 371 known acupuncture points outside the body, and animals have 179 points. By inserting small, slender needles into specific areas of the body that align with the meridians, clinicians aim to clear energy blockages and restore strength and balance to the body’s energy flow, sometimes referred to as ‘qi’ energy (vital energy). Applying stimulation to the corresponding points can bring relief from many medical conditions, including such ailments as allergies, skin disorders, gastrointestinal and urinary conditions, pain resulting from injuries, anxiety, nausea, and nerve damage. Though the needles may cause an animal some minor discomfort, the majority of the time, they stay calm and relaxed once the process is underway.
Acupuncture for horses and dogs is most often administered as a complementary treatment to other holistic methods of healing, such as herbal remedies. Other forms of acupuncture include electroacupuncture, which employs a low level of electrical current through the needle; hemoacupuncture, which injects small amounts of liquids such as Vitamin B12; Moxibustion, the burning of herbal sticks at the acupuncture site; and homeopathics, the injection of the patient’s blood into the acupuncture points.
The severity of the problem will determine the number of treatments your pet will need. Over time, acupuncture can regulate the circulation of ‘qi’ energy, and help the immune system to regain the body’s strength and vitality associated with health and well-being.
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