What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one for the four branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) which include acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na (medical manipulation). Acupuncture is performed by inserting thin, sterile needles into specific anatomical locations called acupoints in the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect. The ancient Chinese discovered 361 points in humans and 173 points in animals. Acupuncture can be performed using a dry needle technique (needles only), electrical stimulation, or moxibustion (warming the needles).

How does Acupuncture work?

Modern medical research shows that acupoints are located in areas of the body with high density free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Stimulation of these points result in a release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. This results in pain relief, promotion of the tissue healing process, regulation of gastrointestinal motility, anti-inflammatory effects, immunoregulation , hormone and reproductive regulation, and antifebrile effects.

When should Acupuncture be recommended?

Acupuncture is effective for the treatment or palliation of many medical conditions such as musculoskeletal problems ( muscle soreness, back pain, osteoarthritis, and degenerative joint disease), Neurological disorders ( seizures, intervertebral disc disease, laryngeal hemiplegia, and facial and radial nerve paralysis), gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, vomiting, constipation, and impactions, and chronic conditions such as geriatric weakness), and maintaining quality of life for hospice care.

What is the average Acupuncture session like?

Acupuncture is a very safe procedure when practiced by an appropriately trained veterinarian. Each session will take 30-45 minutes, however the first session normally takes a little longer. Some patients will see results immediately, while others may need about 3 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for significant effects. Acupuncture is not painful for most patients. In fact, due to a relaxation effect, many patients will fall asleep during their session.

Who performs Acupuncture?

All acupuncture sessions are performed by Dr. Chanel Redden. Dr. Redden is a graduate of Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in East Lansing Michigan . She received her Veterinary Acupuncture training at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick Florida under the guidance of Dr. Huisheng Xie.