Veterinary Acupuncture in Orlando, Winter Park, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, and surrounding areas

Cat and Dog Acupuncture for Pets

I offer veterinary acupuncture for dogs, cats, horses and all species! I have a small clinic in Oviedo and I also perform treatment in your home and offer veterinary acupuncture in Orlando, Winter Park, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Sanford, and other surrounding areas. Please feel free to call me any time and we can discuss whether or not I service your address.

I often get questions on what exactly veternary acupuncture is, how it works and what different types of animal acupuncture services I offer. Hopefully the following should clear up these questions.

In the narrowest sense, veterinary acupuncture is the application of very small-gauge needles to various points on the body. The purpose is to elicit a physiological response in the body to treat almost any disease or condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) teachings state; channels of energy flow throughout the body, and disease is caused by too much or too little flow of energy along these channels. Points along the channels, called meridians, are manipulated with acupuncture. In a broader sense, acupuncture is an ancient procedure used in TCM for the treatment of whole-body conditions. The difference between the conventional western system of treatment and the system of TCM really boils down to this: In Western medicine, the same disease or condition normally is treated the same way in all patients; in TCM, the same condition may and most probably will be treated differently in different patients because the underlying causes may differ.

In regards to treatments, the size of the animal and the location of the points being treated determine the length of the needles used. A short needle, about 0.5 inch, is used in points located over bony areas such as the head or face. The most common size used is about 1 inch long. For larger dogs, or use on large animals such as horses or cows, or for deeper penetration, there are longer needles available (1.5-2.0 inches). The needles are solid and very flexible, and presterilised disposable needles are an option.

In the hands of a properly trained vet, the animal does not appear to have any discomfort at all during treatments. Inserting the needles to the proper depth and angle, manipulating them during the treatment and removing them all are techniques that can be achieved only through training and extensive practice. This is why it is so important to consult a properly certified veterinary acupuncturist to perform treatment on your pet or equine friend.

In the general treatment of ailments, it may take three to five sessions to know if acupuncture therapy will be effective, although a response might be seen even after the first treatment. Improvements are often noticed after the third. Cat, dog, and horse acupuuncture treatments may last anywhere from just a few minutes to 30 minutes or more and may be recommended once or twice weekly, monthly, or even once every several months depending on the illness. The long-term goal is always to fix the number of treatments to the minimum required for effectiveness. Both frequency and duration of treatment depend on the animal and the ailment.

What Can Be Treated?

Acupuncture, in combination with other TCM or Western medicine, may be considered supportive or add-on therapy for a vast array of other conditions. The UCLA Acupuncture Research Project found various forms of acupuncture were effective for pain relief for various orthopedic, obstetric and surgical procedures; treatment of chronic pain; sensorineural hearing loss; compulsive disorders such as obesity and tobacco and drug addiction (in humans); and bronchial asthma.

In other studies conducted on both humans and dogs, acupuncture was found to be beneficial in cases where analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications had been ineffective or had demonstrated side effects and in cases where surgery was not recommended. For example, many practitioners are pleased with the results of acupuncture in treating arthritis in humans, dogs, cats and horses. One study found that acupuncture enhanced the efficacy of antibiotic treatment for canine otitis crises.

Favorable veterinary acupuncture results have been reported in the treatment of many other canine conditions, including the following: cardiovascular disorders, chronic respiratory conditions, dermatological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological disorders, immune-mediated disorders, male reproductive disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders, reproductive disorders, thoracolumbar, cervical disc disease, and many other illnesses. Deciding if your dog, cat or horse should be treated with acupuncture therapy often depends on the animal itself and the condition afflicting it. "My attitude is that with each and every animal with each and every condition, you look at what the best comprehensive integrative approach is and develop a therapeutic plan for that animal," explains Allen Schoen, DVM, co-editor of "Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practice" (Mosby 1998). "Sometimes animal acupuncture is used as a last resort; at other times it may be chosen as the first approach, for example, if surgery would have potential complications, and only if acupuncture didn't work would you consider surgery."

How Does it Work?

You may be wondering about the science behind the technique and if there is any clinical evidence of effectiveness that will withstand modern Western scrutiny. The answer is a most definite "YES." Some modern practitioners feel that at its most basic level, acupuncture is applied neurophysiology. We may one day be able to explain acupuncture in those terms. Today, Western science still has a poor understanding of its mechanisms. However, the body of anecdotal evidence supporting its effectiveness is overwhelming. The World Health Organization concluded in 1979 that "Acupuncture is clearly not a universal remedy for all ills but sheer weight of evidence demands that acupuncture must be taken seriously as a clinical procedure of considerable value."

In addition an astounding 4000 years of application on a sizeable segment of the world's population makes acupuncture arguably the most widely practiced and thoroughly tested medical technique ever in history.

In 1998 the American Veterinary Medical Association took this position in its "Guidelines for Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine" approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association: "Veterinary acupuncture and acutherapy are considered an integral part of veterinary medicine. These techniques should be regarded as surgical and/or medical procedures under state veterinary practice acts. It is recommended that educational programs be undertaken by veterinarians before they are considered competent to practice veterinary acupuncture for equine, canine or feline companions."

There are many theories to suggest why acupuncture works and what these theories have in common is the stimulation of acupuncture points via insertion of small needles, application of pressure, cupping (suction) and application of heat through moxibustion (which can be used to raise the temperature of the needles), or infrared, laser, or electrical stimulation coax the body into healing itself with our own incredible internal healing abilities given to us by mother nature.

Veterinary Electo-Acupuncture

Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which pairs of acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses between them. Another term is Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS).

According to Acupuncture Today, a trade journal for acupuncturists, "Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional ddry needling acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.

According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, illness is caused when qi does not flow properly throughout the body. Acupuncturists determine whether qi is weak, stagnant or otherwise out of balance, which indicates the points to be stimulated. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate."

In this regard this particular practice can be used to augment the use of regular acupuncture and can restore health and well-being and is particularly good for treating chronic pain.

Veterinary Aqua-Acupuncture

Aqua-acupuncture or aquapuncture is the injection of a liquid, typically Vitamin B-12, Adequan (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan or PSGAG), normal saline or homeopathic remedies, into acupuncture points. The purpose of the liquid is to put pressure on the acupuncture point, similar to the way an acupuncture needle is used. One of the main benefits to aquapuncture is the continuous stimulation or sedation of the point for several days. In general, practitioners will use aqua-acupuncture in conjunction with acupuncture on one to a few specific points that require prolonged stimulation.

If you still have questoins regarding veterinary acupuncture for horses, dogs or cats I am your local specialist and I am here to help. Again, I offer veterinary acupuncture treatments for Orlanod, Winter Park, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Sanford, and other surrounding areas.

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