Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment is based on the concept that energy (Qi) travels through the body along meridians similar to blood and lymphatic vessels. By inserting fine, specialised needles at these points, certain effects can be decreased or increased according to the disease being treated.

Your pet’s body has hundreds of acupuncture points along the meridians, and these points have an increased density of inflammatory mediators, nerve bundles, lymphatic flow, and blood supply. Acupuncture points and meridians are associated with specific organs and disease patterns. Fine needles are inserted at a combination of acupuncture points to stimulate Qi movement, and address body imbalances contributing to disease.

Chinese herbs can be combined with acupuncture treatments, or used as a single modality, to provide the best outcome for your pet.

Acupuncture is a safe and drug-free therapy, beneficial for many patients including those with:

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Arthritis

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Chronic pain

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Spinal or neurological conditions

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Back and neck pain

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Poor mobility

Is my pet a good candidate?
Acupuncture works well in all animals, including older pets, for the treatment of chronic ailments, osteoarthritis, cancer, gastrointestinal conditions, back pain, kidney problems, vomiting/diarrhea, and more.
What about side effects?
Some animals are tired for 24 hours after treatment, while others are invigorated.
How long will it take to get results?
The number of sessions your pet may need to find relief depends on the diagnosis. In general, improvements come after one to three sessions.
What other therapies might help?
Massaging trigger points—called acupressure—can be a good alternative for pets that dislike needles. In addition, laser therapy, a non-invasive treatment that uses light to improve blood circulation and regenerate cells, is an option for pets with significant pain. Chinese herbal medicine also treats body imbalances and underlying disease processes.

Give us a call at (02) 4872 1144 to book a consult.