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Is acupuncture safe?

Yes! It is a very safe medical procedure when done by a trained practitioner. Learn more about acupuncture here.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Rarely! The needles are nearly as thin as a human hair. The majority of animals tolerate acupuncture very well. Some pets even relax so much that they go to sleep during treatment.

How long do acupuncture treatments take?

The needles are generally left in place for 20-45 minutes depending on the medical issue.

What is the de-Qi response?

The meaning of de-Qi translates to “the arrival of Qi.” It is the transmission of acupuncture stimulation. Humans report feelings of pressure, tingling, soreness, heaviness, or warmth. In animals, we observe body language as a measure of de-Qi response. Examples include muscle twitching, flinching, licking the lips, attempting to bite, or even passing gas!

How soon can we expect results with acupuncture treatments?

Sometimes results are immediate. Most conditions treated with acupuncture are chronic conditions, which means it will take more time to rebalance the body. A minimum of 3-5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart is recommended before notable improvement is seen.

How many acupuncture treatments are needed?

It depends on the condition. Each individual patient will respond differently. Typically weekly to biweekly sessions are recommended for 3-5 treatments. Gradually the time between appointments increases until your pet is seen for “tune-ups” every few months.

What physiological effects are induced by acupuncture?

Studies have shown the following physiological effects occur with acupuncture treatment: pain relief, promotion of tissue healing, regulation of GI motility, Anti-inflammatory effects, immunoregulation, hormone, and reproductive regulation.

What conditions can acupuncture help?

Orthopedic problems/Mobility issues:

  • Muscle soreness
  • Back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease

Quality of Life, cancer, and hospice care

Neurological disorders:

  • Seizures
  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
  • Facial nerve paralysis

Gastrointestinal diseases:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • IBD

Chronic diseases:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Behavior problems
  • Infertility
  • Asthma
  • Hyperthyroidism/Hypothyroidism
  • Weakness in old age

Are there conditions that are unsafe for acupuncture?

  • Pregnancy
  • Directly through tumors
  • Fractures
  • Open wounds

Why is Chinese herbal therapy recommended with acupuncture?

The use of Chinese herbs enhances the effectiveness of acupuncture as they work synergistically.

Have more questions? Contact Doctor Iulo!