Just as with human acupuncture, veterinary acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles into various points along the body, known as acupoints, which are believed to be connected to certain areas within the body. Some acupoints can be tied to muscle groups, while others may help target organs or other body systems. When the needles are gently inserted, they trigger a reaction in the targeted area. This reaction is the body’s natural way of controlling pain and healing illness or injury.
Acupuncture is practically painless, but can produce incredible results for most patients. We are currently able to harness this ancient technique to treat and manage any of the following types of conditions in companion animals:
The Chinese culture has long held the belief that certain herbs, when combined properly, can promote healing and balance in the body. We use Chinese herbal medicine to treat a range of ailments in our patients, particularly those that are chronic and require long-term care. Herbal remedies can be highly effective in strengthening the immune system, improving organ function, promoting healing, and relieving pain. This alternative treatment modality is particularly attractive to many pet parents because it doesn’t produce the side effects that many traditional pharmaceutical products can cause.
The age-old theory behind homeopathic medicine holds that certain substances which are known to cause illness and negative symptoms within the body can also be used to cure those same symptoms – provided they are introduced in the proper manner. In fact, the literal definition of homeopathy is “to treat with a similar disease”. Homeopathic medicine uses strategic combinations of natural ingredients which, when introduced to the body, help fight off illness, strengthen the immune system, and restore balance. We use this integrative therapy to treat and manage a number of chronic medical conditions with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life for the patient.
In general, we use our alternative medicine options in combination with each other, and with our other more traditional veterinary services. In some cases, however, they can be used as stand-alone treatments. Once the doctor has had the opportunity to examine and evaluate your pet’s unique situation, you will be provided with a recommended treatment protocol containing the ideal combination of services that we believe will help us achieve optimum results.
We invite you to start a conversation today to learn more about whether your pet could benefit from our alternative medicine options.
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