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Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into special locations on the body, to alleviate pain and increase the recovery rate and resistance to disease.
It is a system of healing which has been practiced by Eastern cultures for thousands of years and may be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses. It is now widely used in the NHS.
There are basically two forms of acupuncture, both of which are available in this Practice.
1. Western Approach to Veterinary Acupuncture
This approach is used predominantly in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. The needles are placed in specific areas within the muscle causing the reflex release of a number of chemicals into that muscle causing a reduction in the pain and associated muscle spasm.
In addition there is a reflex action on the “limbic system” of the brain, causing release of a number of chemicals (endorphins, serotonin etc) resulting in an overall reduction in the sensation of pain within the body.
2. Traditional Chinese medicine
The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach considers the emotional and environmental factors in the disease problem. This is known as the “holistic approach”. It works by restoring the equilibrium between emotional and physical factors which are contributing to the disease. Treatment involves inserting needles into the appropriate acupuncture points in conjunction with an appropriate dietary change and /or herbal remedies to achieve this imbalance in life energy or “Qi”.