What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of medicine that has been utilized for centuries in Eastern cultures. It is a non-drug therapy which stimulates the body to heal itself. This is done by stimulating points that represent the continuum of nerves and connective tissue within the body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture is based on a philosophy of energy flow, and the five Elements. There is no scientific research or basis to TCM. Western medicine is strongly based in scientific evidence for establishing standards of care. The teaching of acupuncture that is evidence –based is known as Scientific Integrative Medicine (SIM). This is better suited to a modern, Western practice and is what will be offered at Gotham Veterinary Center.

Acupuncture is performed using tiny, sterile needles applied to specific points. This can be used to directly treat a problem, or can be used indirectly to help support the body dealing with other ailments. Conditions from epilepsy to joint pain to ear pain can be helped with acupuncture. There are no negative side effects as one might have with drug therapy, making this ideal for pets with organ dysfunction or other concerns (i.e. allergies to medications). Acupuncture is also a consideration for patients for whom drug therapy has not been rewarding or to achieve an overall balance for patient wellness.

As with all types of treatment, different animals will have different levels of response and it may take a few sessions to know what will work or what will not work. The initial appointment, where your pet’s history and concerns, as well as the owner’s expectations with therapy and discussed and takes about an hour. Follow up treatments take about 20-30 minutes where the pet sits and relaxes with the owner with needles in place. Reassessments will be done every 2-3 sessions to discuss response to therapy.