Acupuncture has been used to treat humans for many centuries and is now being applied to many animals suffering with a range of conditions. It can be used as an aid in the management of a number of dehabilitation illnesses. Acupuncture can be divided into two approaches: Traditional Chinese Medicine, which aims to restore the balance between physical, emotional and spiritual factors and is considered a holistic approach, and the Western Method, sometimes known as the ‘Scientific Method’ this describes the actions of acupuncture in terms of the neuro-endocrine systems including endorphin and serotonin release as well as the autonomic nervous system. It is possibly best to combine these two approaches and to use acupuncture to compliment conventional veterinary medicine where appropriate.
Each session will generally last around 45 minutes with needles being left in position for 20-30 minutes. The initial consultation will be longer as it involves a full history being taken as well as physical examination.
Generally acupuncture is recommended once a week for 3 to 6 weeks, after which time the intervals between treatments can usually be increased.
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