Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile needles into specific points on the body to cause a therapeutic effect. It may include other methods such as electrical stimulation, moxibustion, and aquapuncture. The specific point on the body is called an acupoint. The ancient Chinese have discovered 361 acupoints in humans and 173 acupoints in animals. Acupuncture has been part of the mainstream veterinary medical system in China for thousands of years.
Acupoints are located in areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. Studies show that acupuncture stimulation induces the following physiological effects: pain relief, promotion of tissue healing, regulation of gastrointestinal motility, anti-inflammatory effects, immunoregulation, hormone and reproductive regulation, and antifebrile effects.
Acupuncture therapy can be effective for:
Cautions and Contraindications:
Acupuncture should be used with caution in the following conditions: fractures, pregnancy, open wounds, tumors.