What Is Acupuncture?

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Winston’s acupuncture session with Dr. Mason
Acupuncture literally means "needle piercing," the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points - for therapeutic purposes. Along with the usual method of puncturing the skin with fine needles, the practitioners of acupuncture also use heat, pressure, friction or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points.

The acupoints are stimulated to balance the movement of energy (chi) in the body to restore health. Acupuncture has become a well-known treatment used to regulate or correct the flow of energy and restore health. The fundamentals of acupuncture are based on Chinese philosophy - the Dao or Tao, Yin and Yang, the eight principles, the three measures and five elements.

All pets can benefit from acupuncture but those who battle chronic disease may benefit the greatest.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal medicine is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). In China, TCVM treatment consists of 30% acupuncture and 70% Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine has a rich history extending over several thousand years and has proven to be an effective treatment modality.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. As yet, science has not been able to explain the mechanism of action of ultra high dilutions in the body; however, clinical results seem promising.