Acupuncture


It matters not if medicine is old or new so long as it can cure. It matters not if theories come from East or West so long as they be true. ~Dr. Jen-Hsou Lin

Acupuncture

We are pleased to offer referral acupuncture service with Dr. Tanya Borud.  Dr. Borud has been certified in veterinary acupuncture for 11 years and has seen its benefits for both her own pets as well as client pets.  She is currently accepting appointments for small animal patients on Tuesday afternoons at the Animal Health Clinic.  Please speak to your regular veterinarian to determine if acupuncture is right for your pet.

History

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a means of treating various diseases in both humans and animals.  The history of acupuncture in animals dates back to 1700 BC.  By stimulating certain points on the body, both a biochemical and physiological effect occur in the animal.  For example placing a needle in the body can stimulate a nerve to function, release endorphins (pain control chemicals), alter blood pressure, relieve muscle spasms, and/or alter cortisol levels.

Conditions

There are a multitude of conditions that acupuncture has been used for.  Acupuncture is mainly indicated for functional problems such as pain, inflammation, and paralysis but the benefits don’t stop there.

The following is a list of conditions where acupuncture has been shown to be beneficial.

  • Musculoskeletal conditions (arthritis, muscle spasms, ligamentous pain, laminitis, decreased performance in horses)
  • Neurologic conditions (seizures, spinal disk disease, nerve trauma)
  • Urinary conditions (incontinence, chronic urinary tract infections, kidney disease)
  • Dermatologic conditions (allergies, lick granulomas, chronic skin & ear infections)
  • Respiratory conditions (asthma, reverse sneezing, heaves)
  • Gastrointestinal conditions (vomiting, diarrhea, gastric ulcers, chronic & acute non-surgical colic in horses)
  • Cancer pain
  • Post-operative pain and inflammation
  • Ocular conditions (KCS/dry eye, eye pain)
  • Any condition decreasing an animal’s quality of life

Treatment

Most animals tolerate acupuncture treatments very well.   There may be slight discomfort when the needles are first placed, but once in, there is often a relaxation effect.  Most treatments last 20-30 minutes.  Depending on the chronicity of the condition, the number of treatments needed before seeing a response may vary.

Links

Journal of Chinese Medicine   www.jcm.co.uk/

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine   www.jtcm.org

American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture www.aava.org