Acupuncture is most associated with ancient China where it is rooted in TraditionalChinese Medicine (TCM). The ï¬rst written record of acupuncture is found in a 2,700 year-old Internal Medicine text, and exists as one of the oldest medical texts in the world. The ï¬rst veterinary text was written in China around 450 BC, addressing the treatment of horses with acupuncture and TCM herbal medicine. Today, acupuncture is practiced world-wide, from extremely rural locations to areas where sophisticated western medicine is the standard of care.
The practice of acupuncture employs solid metallic needles for skin penetration.Needles are placed in speciï¬c points that effect various changes in the body to aid in healing injuries or disease conditions, decrease pain, stimulate or regulate immune responses, and/or help decrease anxiety or behavioral issues. Research involving acupuncture has shown physiological responses in the body including increased blood and lymphatic ï¬‚ow, stimulation of nerve function, increase in the release of neurotransmitters, inï¬‚uence of inï¬‚ammatory responses and stimulation of hormone release. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Some of the more common conditions for which acupuncture is used in veterinary medicine are listed below.
Musculoskeletal Conditions- arthritis, spinal disease, trauma, muscle atrophy problems
Immune system disorders- allergic dermatitis, chronic allergic diseases, lick granulomas, chronic skin conditions
Neurologic problems- nerve injury, paresis, paralysis, degenerative neurologic conditions, seizures
Systemic diseases/urologic diseases- chronic kidney disease, liver disease, incontinence
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