Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practised for over 2000 years. As in human medicine, in veterinary medicine TCM became TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) and is based upon the theory that energy (Qi) flows through the body along pathways called channels or meridians.
“Where there is pain, there is no free flow. If there is free flow, there is no pain” -Chinese Proverb
Imbalances in the Qi flowing may manifest in organ or system dysfunction, in illness, pain or emotional disturbance.
By stimulating along these channels, using acupuncture points, TCVM can help to unblock or nourish Qi in order to restore balance in the body.
This theory belongs to all holistic medicine with the same goal to rebalance the body’s energy.
Acupuncture involves gently inserting fine, sterilized needles just under te skin, by targeting acupoints and leaving them in place for some minutes.
Few animals experience very little discomfort as the needles are very fine, te majority relax or fall asleep and enjoy the treatment.
“There is evidence that acupuncture influences the production of and distribution of a great many neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, and that this in turn alters the perception of pain” -David Eisenberg, M.D., Clinical Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School
Benefits from acupuncture may be seen in a wide variety of conditions including:
• internal organs disfunction
• orthopaedic chronic disease and pain
• neurological and post surgical rehabilitation
• emotional problems