Veterinary acupuncture can be used to address a variety of conditions, from pain and lameness in equine athletes to gastrointestinal and behavioral issues in companion animals. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other therapies to improve results, or on its own as an alternative to conventional medicine.
Acupuncture involves the use of thin, flexible, sterile needles placed in specific locations to stimulate the body to heal itself. These acupuncture points have a high density of free nerve endings, arterioles, lymphatic vessels, and mast cells.
During an acupuncture appointment, we will take a detailed history and perform a physical examination to reach a TCVM diagnosis. Most patients tolerate acupuncture very well and will often fall asleep during treatment - sedation is only used on highly sensitive patients, if necessary.
Acupuncture treatments may include electro acupuncture, which can be very beneficial for painful or neurologic conditions, and aqua acupuncture, which is often very helpful in weak or geriatric patients or even moxibustion.
Results are typically seen after 1-3 treaments, which are typically performed 1-2 weeks apart.
Dr Sundra has been trained at the Chi Institite in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and we are pleased to offer our clients an acupuncture service as an adjunctive treatment modality.
To read more about how acupuncture can help your horse, check out our Acupuncture Factsheet.