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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the 3000-year-old art of using needles to stimulate specific points on the body for a desired therapeutic effect. The Chinese perceived acupuncture as re-establishing the free flow of blocked qi (“chee”), the life force or vital energy, and maintaining the proper balance of Yin and Yang.

Modern research has shown that acupuncture points are located in areas which have a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels, and their stimulation results in the release of beta-endorphins for pain management, neurotransmitters for neurological weakness or paralysis, and serotonin for anxiety and internal medicine conditions. These lead to natural pain relief and improved functioning of the body.

Electro-acupuncture uses imprerceptible electric current to provide stronger stimulation of the acupuncture points and for more long-lasting results. Electro-acupuncture  has been proven to release the body's own stem cells to repair itself.  

Academic research has grown exponentially in recent years to prove the beneficial effects of acupuncture. Human physicians are now more commonly recommending acupuncture for pain conditions, infertility and to support cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.

What does acupuncture treat?

Acute and Chronic Pain
Musculoskeletal disorders:
    Tendon/Ligament Injuries (Cruciate or ACL tears)
    Post-op orthopedic surgery
Neurologic disorders:
    Intervertebral Disc Disease (slipped disc)
    Nerve paralysis

Gastrointestinal disorders:
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Kidney or liver failure
Respiratory diseases including asthma and rhinitis
Infertility Problems

Feline Cystitis or FLUTD
Behavioral problems including anxiety or aggression
Cancer and side effects from chemotherapy or radiation


Rupert is enjoying relief from back pain. The treatment also improves nerve function in his weakened hind legs.

For more information, see Acupuncture FAQs
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