Acupuncture has been used to treat various medical conditions in both humans and animals for over 3,000 years in China as a part of traditional Chinese medicine. The ancient Chinese discovered 361 acupuncture points in humans and about 173 in animals. In the terms of the traditional Chinese medicine, diseases are the conditions when the body becomes imbalance (either by external “pathogens” or by internal deficiency). Acupuncture is used to restore the balance by moving “Qi” (energy) in the meridians and direct the Qi to specific organs.
In the western countries, veterinary acupuncture has been widely recognized and studied for years. Modern research shows that acupoints are located in areas with a high density of free
nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Stimulation at acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Therefore, the use of acupuncture for pain relief and neurological disorders are well supported and elucidated by modern research studies. However, how acupuncture helps on internal organs disorders and restores the “balance” in the body as a whole are less understood by the western medicine, and more research is necessary to fully explain this ancient therapy.
Acupuncture therapy can be effective as an adjunctive or sole treatment in the following conditions:
– Pain management: muscle soreness, back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, chronic abdominal pain
– neurological disorders: IVDD, paralysis/paresis, seizure
– gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, constipation, gastric ulceration, vomiting, gut stasis/ileus.
– other chronic conditions: asthma, behavioral problems, Cushing’s disease, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, renal failure, heart failure, geriatric weakness, skin problems, and prevention of disease.