ARK Veterinary Services

1301 E. Missouri
Evansville, IN 47711

(812)424-8968

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Acupuncture has been used in China for 3500 years. It is the main treatment for a quarter of the world's population. Thousands of years of acupuncture treatment prove its efficacy.

The primary aim of veterinary acupuncture is to strengthen the body's immune system—to stimulate the body's adaptive-homeostatic mechanism.

Acupuncture is a technique for relieving pain and for improving the function of organ systems by stimulating acupuncture points on the surface of the body.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) believes that Chi, the vital force that flows throughout the body, travels throughout the body along channels of energy flow called meridians. Acupuncture points along the meridians are treated whenever a disease condition exists that blocks the normal flow of energy along these meridians.

Acupuncture treatments elicit responses which regulate physiological processes. Acupuncture spans from ancient Chinese knowledge to state-of-the-art electrodiagnostic instrumentation. 

Dr.Garrett uses sterile stainless steel needles when she performs acupuncture.  She uses them to tonify, sedate or otherwise manipulate the energy of the body.   To elongate the effects of acupuncture, a couple of other methods are also used.  These include electroacupuncture, aquapuncture (using Vitamin B-12, lidocaine, normal saline and/or homeopathic remedies), Moxa sticks used to warm acupuncture points when needles are in the points, acupressure, and finally surgically implantation of gold beads or wire into acupuncture points.  This is an excellent choice for long-term problems such as hip dysplasia or arthritis.


Electroacupuncture Machine

 

Different Types of Acupuncture Methods

Acupuncture has been used in China for 3500 years. It is the main treatment for a quarter of the world's population. Thousands of years of acupuncture treatment prove its efficacy. The primary aim of veterinary acupuncture is to strengthen the body's immune system—to stimulate the body's adaptive-homeostatic mechanism. Acupuncture is a technique for relieving pain and for improving the function of organ systems by stimulating acupuncture points on the surface of the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that Chi, the vital force that flows throughout the body, travels throughout the body along channels of energy flow called meridians. Acupuncture points along the meridians are treated whenever a disease condition exists that blocks the normal flow of energy along these meridians. Acupuncture treatments elicit responses which regulate physiological processes. Acupuncture spans from ancient Chinese knowledge to state-of-the-art electrodiagnostic instrumentation.

Aquapuncture is the use of a liquid to inject into the acupuncture points.  Vitamin B-12, lidocaine, normal saline and homeopathic remedies are often used for aquapuncture.  There have been very good results in pets with back pain due to vertebral spondylosis and pets with hip pain due to arthritis or hip dysplasia.

Acupuncture points can be stimulated with electrical impulses, electroacupuncture.  This teqnique is found most helpful in paralysis problems in which the nerves are still intact, but are not passing the impulses from the spinal cord correctly. For example: radial nerve paralysis, atony of the bladder and some froms of rear limb paralysis. 

Infared or helium neon light sources are used in lacer or laser acupuncture.  Heat via the herb mugwort is used with MOXA, and acupressure refers to using finger pressure.

Gold plated or silver plated beads (magraines) or gold or silver wire can be surgically implanted into acupuncture points for a continual stimulation or sedation.  This teqhnique has been useful for epilepsy control or for dogs with vertebral spondylosis or hip dysplasia / arthritis.




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