Acupuncture is an ancient medical technique utilizing the body’s own homeostatic pathways to promote healing and pain relief. It has been used by practitioners in Eastern Asia for millennia and has evolved over time. Fairly recently, Western medicine has come to embrace the benefits of acupuncture as well – especially in the realm of pain control where it has been found to be particularly effective. Acupuncture can be an important part of a multimodal approach to pain control for both humans and animals.
Most veterinary patients do see significant benefits from acupuncture. Benefits experienced may be specific, such as decreased limping and improved mobility, or more general, such as appearing more content or having greater enthusiasm for life. Acupuncture sessions are usually 45 – 60 minutes and the needles remain in the patient for around 30 minutes.