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Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique that is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that has been used for over thousands of years to treat pain and disease. The goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy, which flows throughout the body. Many research studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters and hormones. It also causes the release of endogenous opioids (the body’s own pain relievers) and cortisol (the body’s own anti-inflammatory agent). Acupuncture has also been shown to stimulate the nervous system, increase blood circulation, increase lymphatic flow, and decrease the body’s inflammatory response. The end result is that acupuncture can help reduce or eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, promote healing, stimulate or regulate the immune system, and treat other disease processes. Acupuncture may also be useful for treating behavioral problems.

Acupuncture can be useful in the treatment of:

  • Arthritis
  • Trauma
  • Muscle soreness
  • Inappetance/anorexia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Degenerative neurologic conditions (to slow progression of disease)
  • Paralysis/paresis
  • Nerve injury
  • Laryngeal hemiplegia
  • Allergies
  • Feline asthma
  • Immune mediated disease
  • Lick granulomas (hot spots)
  • Diarrhea
  • Incontinence
  • Megacolon
  • Constipation
  • Cystitis
  • Systemic diseases