How Acupuncture can help a dog with arthrits.
The Basics of Acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes that there is a vital, living
energy force, known as Qui (pronounced “chee”), that flows through the body. This energy is responsible for
controlling the body’s harmony and maintaining balance between the body, mind and spirit. According to Traditional
Chinese Medicine, disease in an imbalance of this life energy.
This energy, or Qui, flows into, through, and out of the body via a complex
network of pathways known as the meridians. There are 14 meridian pathways that carry energy to every organ and
physiological system within the body. The meridians can be compared to the arteries. Just like arteries carry blood
throughout the body, meridians transport energy. Maintaining proper energy flow within the meridians is essential
to the health of our organs and systems, and to life itself.
Although the meridians run deep within the body, they surface on the skin via
hundreds of spots known as acupoints. There are at least 360 acupoints that have been identified. There is a
similar range of points on a dog and the proper doctor will know where they are and what to do.
Since these acupoints open up into the meridians, manipulating them can
manipulate the body’s energy flow. In this way, deficiencies or excesses of energy can be corrected, restoring
balance and harmony to the Qui.
The word “acupuncture” comes from the Latin “acus” (needle) and “punctura”
(puncture). Just like in humans, acupuncture for dogs works by inserting tiny needles into specific acupuncture
points to restore or redirect the flow of energy.
Acupuncture and a dog with arthritis.
Dogs benefit a great deal from the treatment of acupuncture. It is now recognized
as a valid treatment in veterinarian care, by the American Veterinarian Medical Association and the World Health
Organization. To determine if the condition of dog can be improved using acupuncture, a physical examination by a
qualified veterinarian is required. Also, the acupuncture practitioner may want to know about your dog's medical
history. Depending upon this information, a decision is made, if the dog can undergo acupuncture treatment or
Acupuncture is virtually painless. Even though several needles are inserted in your
pet's body, the thin size of needles makes it almost impossible to feel pain. The acupuncturist first palpitates
the dog, so as to find the path of energy meridian. He then massages the body to find the weak, tender parts in the
body. Needles are then inserted along this
path, on certain pressure points. The dog can be made to lie down on table or floor, however, it is important
to keep him calm throughout the treatment. The dog can be fed treats to keep him engaged or the assistant may
gently talk to the dog to divert his attention. Acupuncture session may take about few seconds to several
minutes, depending upon the gravity of the problem. Minor injuries or ailments can be treated in a single
session itself however, chronic ailments may take multiple sessions.
However, needles are not the only means to stimulate acupuncture points.
Other methods include:
Electroacupuncture – a form of acupuncture in which the needles are attached
to a device that generates continuous electrical pulses, enhancing the effect of the needles
- Acupressure – using manual pressure on a point instead of a
- Sonopuncture – stimulating the body by using high frequency sound waves
instead of needles
- Aquapuncture – injecting saline-diluted Vitamin B12 into an acupuncture
- Laserpuncture – stimulating the acupuncture points using a laser.
In addition, small gold beads, magnets or surgical staples can be implanted
into acupuncture points to create permanent stimulation.
For more information on acupuncture on animals contact
www.aava.org or www.ivas.org