Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response.
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to treat or prevent a wide variety of ailments.
Clinical research has shown a positive result in using acupuncture to treat both animals and humans.
In Veterinary Practice acupuncture is usually indicated where there is non infectious inflammation and pain. The conditions most commonly treated with acupuncture at Luxstowe Vets include:
• Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis and traumatic nerve injuries
• Skin problems such as lick granulomas
We currently have three Vets who are trained to perform acupuncture. They use either ‘dry needling’ or electro acupuncture depending on the individual case.
Acupuncture is very safe and side effects are rare, although the animals condition may appear to worsen for the first 48 hours, or the animal may become quite sleepy and lethargic for 24 hours after treatment.