Treating Animals With Acupuncture | National Geographic
Horses have been receiving acupuncture for almost as long as people have—since the practice began in China some 2,500 years ago. As beasts of burden, horses were of tremendous value to the Chinese, and their health was almost as important as that of their owners. Today veterinary acupuncturists can treat nearly any animal, from a bear to a porcupine to a dog. Training courses, such as those from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, teach licensed veterinarians how to incorporate acupuncture into their practice.
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Acupuncture is thought to have arrived in the U.S. in the 1800s with the immigration of Chinese doctors. It wasn't until the 1970s, however, that acupuncture's popularity began to take hold. Though limited studies qualify it as evidence-based medicine, those who practice acupuncture say that the effects can be explained in physiological terms.
Veterinary acupuncture has been performed on both domesticated pets and zoo animals. The latter must be sedated while the needles are inserted, but most pets are accepting or unfazed.
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You’ve probably heard of acupuncture for humans, but the ancient Chinese therapy is growing in popularity among pet owners. In a UK TV first, an elderly corgi receives the treatment to show how the procedure is done.
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Sick pets in Hong Kong are getting the needle.
Their owners are convinced acupuncture and other Chinese medical practices are the best way to improve the health of their furry companions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is widely used as an alternative remedy to Western medicine for its therapeutic benefits in Hong Kong and mainland China.
Now even animals are feeling the benefits of acupuncture.
One veterinarian hospital in Hong Kong employs traditional Chinese medical practice as part of its holistic approach to pet care services.
Twelve-year-old cat, Tiny B came to this pet hospital five years ago suffering from kidney failure.
Veterniarian Angela Yung, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, noticed that Tiny B was suffering from the treatment and the drugs he was taking.
He was in a great deal of discomfort and his kidneys were not improving, so Yung tried an alternative course of action.
She began a treatment program that included electro-acupuncture and natural Chinese herbal medicines.
Electro-acupuncture, which involves adding an low voltage electric current to the acupuncture needles, can enhance the stimulating effect of the treatment on the acupuncture points of the body.
After three years of undergoing treatment at the pet hospital, Tiny B does not suffer from chronic pain anymore.
His kidney condition has improved and other problems like constipation and weight loss have subsided.
Acupuncture, Chinese herb medicine and acupressure point therapies are used together with western treatments to create a unique holistic approach towards animal health.
Rather than just treating the signs and symptoms, the hospital treats the patient as a whole using traditional Chinese medicine, also known as TCM treatments to stimulate the body to heal itself.
Another pain relief treatment is the aqua-acupuncture that patients like Monte, a 15 years old Yorkshire terrier has been receiving for over a year.
He suffers joint and spinal problems and developed chronic pain in his knee after earlier surgery to fix a dislocated knee cap.
Aqua-acupuncture involves injection of a liquid into the acupuncture points.
Typically the liquid would be either homeopathic remedies or local anaesthetics for relieving pain.
Saline water or Vitamin B12 is also used sometimes to promote acupuncture points stimulation.
Since receiving the treatment, Monte's owner says his range of mobility has improved and he is in less pain.
Yung, one of three veterinarians at the Tin Hau Pet Hospital says TCM, is meant to be complimentary to the Western approach.
Western and Chinese medical practices both have its strength and weakness. In general we always use the Western approach first to examine and treat the animal. Especially when it's an acute condition, the strength of Western medicine is necessary to control it. But once the condition is stabilised, Chinese medicine will be useful to stimulate the body and balance the qi (energy) when Western medicine is unable to achieve that.
Monte is one of many Yung's senior pet patients that are also prescribed natural Chinese herb medicine after acupuncture treatment as part of the whole TCM therapy regimen.
It comes in ground powder form, but the herb medicine is also prepared in plastic capsules to make it easier for some pets to consume.
Dorinda, owner of Monte, says she welcomes the use of Chinese herbal medicine on pets.
I just want to be a responsible owner and do the proper thing for mankind and let my pet live out his life comfortably, have a good quality of life instead of suffer. And Chinese medicine is a more natural approach, less harmful and toxic than Western medicine.
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