What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique that uses small needles to stimulate special points on your dog's body in order to encourage healing and relieve pain. Acupuncture points correspond with specific internal organ systems, and regulate energy and blood flow throughout your dog's body.
The method of stimulating these points is shared among a number of other therapeutic techniques such as acupressure and laser acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture for dogs?
There certainly is evidence that acupuncture can be beneficial for number of conditions in dogs. One of my friends has an arthritic dog who cannot tolerate NSAIDs. The dog is responding to the acupuncture treatment very well and it is safe to say that the results are more than comparable.
Dogs with arthritis and hip dysplasia can find relief through acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can be used to treat musculoskeletal disorders, immune-mediated disorders, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, neurological disorders and more.
Unlike NSAIDs or other drugs, acupuncture is very safe when performed by a qualified professional.
We used stem cell regenerative therapy for Jasmine's arthritis and we swear by this treatment. However, we were doing acupressure as part of her post operative treatment and Jasmine is getting herbal and acupuncture treatment for her digestive problems.
Safer alternative to drugs
While drugs are an easy and convenient form of treatment, they can often cause more problems than they solve. We certainly had some very bad experiences with drugs. Today my philosophy is to look at everything else first before considering drugs.
Before reaching for medication do your research and talk to your veterinarian about alternatives. Get a consultation with a holistic or Traditional Chinese Medicine veterinarian. There are many conditions that can benefit from non-drug alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, that are safer and often even cheaper.
It is your dog. Do your homework.
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