Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points on the body in order to produce a specific and healing response. It is an ancient healing art which has been practiced on animals and humans for thousands of years in China. It stimulates healing and provides effective pain relief. Studies have found that it stimulates nerves, increases blood circulation, relieves muscle spasms and causes release of serotonins and other neurotransmitters. Acupuncture is indicated for many different conditions seen in the dog and cat: musculoskeletal problems, (back pain, osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease), gastrointestinal problems, (diarrhea, vomitting, constipation), skin problems, (allergies, lick granulomas), and other chronic conditions such as renal failure, endocrine diseases, cancer, disease prevention and stress relief. Acupuncture is often used in combination with herbal therapy, food therapy and Tui-na (massage) which are 4 branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
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