1) Acupuncture is one the 4 methods of TCVM, other methods include: herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui-Na. The role of acupuncture is to balance the Qi (energy) of the body. In TCVM, disease occurs when energy is imbalanced. Acupuncture has been used to provide;
a) Pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects
b) Promoting tissue healing
c) Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
d) Anti-fever effects
2) Does Acupuncture work?
-About 85% of animals will respond to acupuncture. Owners should plan on at least 3 treatments. There are many scientific studies to show that acupuncture does work, sometimes better than western medicine.
3) Is Acupuncture safe?
-Yes!! As long as you have a trained professional, Acupuncture is very safe and the chance of negative side effects is remote. Acupuncture should be used cautiously with pregnant animals, open wounds, tumors and seizures.
4) Can it be used with my regular medication?
-Yes! Acupuncture is great addition to a medical plan that involves the medications you use on a daily basis to control conditions. In many circumstances, you may be able to reduce or eliminate the need for some medications. Some conditions have limited response to western medicine (for example hind limb weakness due to neuropathy). Acupuncture can be very successful in giving animals a longer and happier life.
5) How long do I need to continue with acupuncture?
-It depends, some animals may need to be seen regularly, others can reduce visits to an “as needed” basis.
6) What conditions are use treated by acupuncture?
-Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat arthritis, spinal disc disease and degenerative joint disease. It can also be used to treat: seizures, laryngeal hemiplegia, asthma, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting, constipation and metabolic diseases (Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease and hypothyroidism. It has an important role in quality of life, pain management and palliative care. An experienced practitioner can help you understand the expected results.
7) What is Dr. Curry’s training?
-Only license veterinarians are qualified to perform acupuncture on animals. Dr. Curry completed the small animal acupuncture course through the Chi Institute and passed her certification exam in 2015. She is very excited to offer this to All Creatures Mobile Vet clients!