While acupuncture has recently gained popularity in human medicine in the Western world, the technique has been used in veterinary medicine for thousands of years in China. At Crysler Animal Hospital, we recommend acupuncture as a supplement to conventional medicine. When performed by a trained professional, acupuncture is completely safe for animals and can greatly improve your pet’s quality of life. Many of our patients have found comfort and pain-relief from acupuncture when conventional medicine is not enough.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles at special points where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. It is not a complete cure, which is why we perform it as a supplement to traditional medicine, but for some pets it greatly benefits the healing process.
A typical session lasts 20 to 60 minutes. A single treatment may be all it takes for your pet to start feeling better, or he or she might benefit from a series of treatments or recurring treatments over time.
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has proven effective in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions:
- Neurological disorders
- Reproductive disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Muscle injuries
- And more
Your veterinarian can help you decide if acupuncture is right for your pet.