Dr Duncan Hoggett provides Veterinary Acupuncture in our clinic. Acupuncture can be used with most common western medicine and can therefore encourage the animals' heath on many levels.
Acupuncture is based on a theory that there is a circulation of energy or "qi" which travels through well defined channels or "meridians" just below the surface of the skin. These meridians are connected to internal organs as well as all the other structures of the body. Acupuncture points are specific points, which lie along these meridians. When a needle is inserted into a point on a specific meridian this regulates the flow of energy within the meridian. In healthy animals this energy flows smoothly, in sick animals the energy does not flow smoothly causing pain and encouraging disease. Acupuncture treatment re-establishes the normal flow of energy and helps restore health.
Recent research has shown that stimulating Acupuncture points affects all the major systems of the body. Acupuncture stimulates the body's own inherent healing abilities by the release of endogenous endorphins. The drug free nature of this therapy appeals to many clients, as it is free of side effects and drug residues.
Acupuncture can be used with most common western medicine and can therefore encourage the animals’ health on many levels. Acupuncture can also be used as a solitary treatment and can achieve good results by itself. Dietary changes and herbal remedies may also be prescribed.
WHAT CONDITIONS ARE RESPONSIVE TO ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture can be used as a primary treatment in many cases, when medications are not working or contraindicated because of side effects, or if surgery is not possible. Acupuncture can be used in both large and small animals. In small animals, Acupuncture is most commonly used for the following problems:
1. Musculoskeletal: Hip Dysplasia, Arthritis, Intervertebral Disc disease, Muscle and Ligament Injuries.
2. Skin: Lick granulomas, Certain skin disorders.
3. Urinary Tract: Incontinence, Cystitis, FLUTD other Bladder problems.
4. Respiratory Tract: Feline Asthma.
5. Nervous disorders: Nerve injury, certain types of paralysis.
6. Gastrointestinal Tract: Mega oesophagus, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Vomiting.
7. Reproduction: Anoestrus and infertility, During labour, Stimulating lactation.
8. Behavioural issues: Anxiety, Stress related issues, Inappropriate urination.
9. Pain management: Where medications are inadequate or no longer working.
HOW OFTEN AND HOW LONG ARE THE TREATMENTS?
Treatments vary depending on the methods used to stimulate the acupuncture points. Generally fine acupuncture needles are used and left in place for 10 - 20 minutes. In some cases, the needles are only in place for a few seconds to stimulate the energy at that point. Patients are treated 1 - 2 times per week for 4 - 6 weeks. Clinical improvement with acupuncture takes time as it stimulates the body’s own healing mechanism.
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies if practiced by a competent acupuncturist. Side effects are rare because acupuncture stimulates the body’s own system of healing and no chemicals are administered resulting in complications being rare.