How does it work?
Dr. Roger Clemmons, an instructor at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, states, “From a modern prospective, acupuncture represents a form of nerve stimulation.” Small needles are used to stimulate different “meridians” on the body to help move energy (termed “Qi” in Chinese medicine) when it becomes stagnant or weak. The effect for the patient provides pain relief or correction of the energy flow within that meridian to provide healing to the body. Acupuncture has become a popular treatment modality for patients who have medical issues that are either non-responsive to conventional medicine or where Western medicine is lacking in treatment options for certain conditions.
What tools are used?
Tools for treatment most frequently include dry needles, electroacupuncture, and aquapuncture
What is electroacupuncture?
Electric current is introduced into the dry acupuncture needle. This can allow a higher degree of needle stimulation for special treatments such as pain and internal medicine conditions
What is aquapuncture?
Dr. Gregory Todd, an instructor at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, explains, “Aquapuncture is the injection of an acupuncture point with fluids. The most common fluids are vitamin B-12, saline, the patient’s own blood, homeopathic remedies, local anesthetics, and occasionally drugs. Aquapuncture increases the level of stimulation of an acupuncture point and allows for a longer interval between treatments.
What conditions can acupuncture help treat when used with conventional medical protocols?
Pain management for
DJD (degenerative joint disease)
IVDD (intervertebral disc diseases)
Internal medicine conditions
Chronic renal (kidney) failure
Congestive heart failure
Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD)
Behavior problems like separation anxiety or thunderstorm phobias
Chronic skin problems (allergies)
Promote overall life quality
How long do acupuncture treatments take?
New client intakes are 90 minute appointments
Follow ups are scheduled for 40 minutes (1 week after the 1st treatment)
Before any first acupuncture appointments are scheduled we require an Integrative Medical Care (IMC) consult to set up expectations of therapy (30 minutes). The patient must be present so the veterinarian can see the pet. A physical exam is performed at this time, but treatment might not be given that day depending on the hospital schedule.
Questions commonly answered during this session include
• What are the treatment expectations?
• How long does the treatment take?
• Where is it done?
• How is it done?
• Will it hurt?
• How often are my appointments? In general, chronic diseases require chronic therapy vs. acute diseases tend to respond faster than deficiency and chronic disease.
• How much will it cost?
• How long will it last?
1 Jaggar DH and Robinson NG: History of veterinary acupuncture. In Schoen AM: Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine, 2nd Edition, St. Louis, 2001, Mosby, pp 4-11.