Get your chi together. Most people have heard of acupuncture, and it is now widely practiced in the West. In spite of its popularity and although it has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for a couple of millennia, it retains an aura of mystery to many Westerners. What is it, exactly? It is […]
Get your chi together.
Most people have heard of acupuncture, and it is now widely practiced in the West. In spite of its popularity and although it has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for a couple of millennia, it retains an aura of mystery to many Westerners. What is it, exactly? It is explained by traditional Chinese medicine as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force, also known as chi. Chi is believed to flow through pathways, also known as meridians, in the body. Using precisely placed needles in specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that energy flow will re-stabilize. When properly realigned, chi helps bring important bodily processes back into balance.
So… what is it?
If you’re feeling lost when it comes to chakras and chi, we won’t needle you about it. The intangible nature of the traditional explanation of acupuncture can make it a bit difficult to understand how we incorporate it in our modern scientific view of medicine. Many Western practitioners interpret the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Placing hair-thin needles in these centers improves blood circulation and releases pain-relieving hormones that occur naturally in the body. We’ll get to the point; this virtually painless process relaxes muscle tissue and oxygenates the surrounding area, allowing the body to heal more rapidly.
Acupuncture can be used to treat many disorders, including:
• Neurologic and soft tissue pain
• Gastrointestinal issues
• Musculoskeletal systemic problems
• Skin conditions
• Respiratory distress
This ancient medicinal therapy ranks among the most prevalent alternative veterinary practices around the world, and is one of the most anodyne veterinary treatments available. It can be safely used in conjunction with conventional veterinary practice to enhance treatment effects or facilitate faster recovery; however, it does not require pharmaceutical assistance, thereby eliminating any possibility of overdose and adverse reaction from the acupuncture treatment itself.
If you’re curious about acupuncture and what it can do for your pet, give us a call! Dr. Bentz is our certified veterinary acupuncturist, and she’d be happy to see you for a consultation.