What are acupuncture methods and goals?

Acupuncture may be stimulated in a variety of ways. These techniques include dry needling, moxibustion, aqu-acupuncture and electro-acupuncture. Whatever tools are used, the goal is always the same: to restore the flow of Qi and allow homeostasis to return.

How safe is acupuncture therapy?

Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by qualified practitioner. Very few side effects have been found in clinical cases.

How long does each treatment take?

Each session may take 20 to 45 minutes.

How many treatments are needed?

It depends upon the nature, severity and duration of a disease. A single treatment may be enough for an acute condition. A series of 3 to 10 treatments can resolve many chronic problems. Some degerative conditions may need monthly treatments over time.

Does acupuncture hurt?

A proper acupuncture treatment may induce distention, and a heaviness sensation along with contraction of local muscle. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxation effect, some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatment. Sedation is not recommended before acupuncture treatment, as it may interfere with the acupuncture effect. 

Who is qualified to perform veterinary acupuncture?

Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture in most states in the USA. A veterinarian certified in acupuncture is highly recommended to perform veterinary acupucture.