More on Acupucnture!

posted: by: Dawn, RVT Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Many people know that Acupuncture is ‘sticking needles in a person.’  But how many people really know the why of it?


As we said before, Acupuncture is over 8000 years old.  Acupuncture works to stimulate different points along specific pathways that effect hormonal and immune changes within the body.  Acupuncture points are based on a Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis, which takes into account the patients’ temperament, eating and sleeping habits, and of course the presenting physical emotional complaint.  The doctor will also check the patients’ pulses and read the tongue, then use the results to determine what points along the body need to be stimulated.  The stimulation of the points is designed to re-align the poorly balanced Qi (pronounced “Chi”) or energy in the body.


Acupuncture has been used to help manage problems such as renal failure, bowel issues, behavioral problems, skin problems, and pain issues like arthritis.


When your pet comes in for an Acupuncture session, you will be placed in a dimly lit, quiet, spacious room.  Pheromone therapy such as DAP or Feliway are often placed in the rooms to aid in the calming effect.  Soothing music can also be played if desired.  You may remain in the room with your pet during the session, which lasts 10-20 minutes.  If your pet seems agitated or you or the doctor think it would be better for you to not be in the room, one of your technicians will sit with your pet during the session.

For questions regarding acupuncture for your pet or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stafford, please call 614-276-5479.