Alternative and holistic means of treatment is becoming a growing awareness and application for pet owners in South Africa. This can only be elevated based on the success of the improvement achieved. However, once again it is stressed that a trained veterinary professional assessment before any alternate means of future treatment is of vital importance for commencement and diagnosis of further alternate treatment. An ongoing assessment of the patient's condition must be under qualified veterinary supervision.This is critical because acupuncture is capable of masking pain or other clinical signs and may delay proper veterinary diagnosis once treatment has begun. Elimination of pain may lead to increased activity by the animal, and will thus delay healing or the original cause to worsen.
Certified veterinary Acupuncturists have comprehensive training, knowledge and skill to understand the interactions between different forms of treatment and to interpret the patient's response to therapy.
Only allow Certified Veterinary professionals with comprehensive training
The tradition of acupuncture theory believes that energy flows within the body and this energy can be channelized to create balance and health. this energy is called QI
Acupuncture theory believes that this QI moves throughout the body along 12 main channels known as meridians. These meridians represent the major organs and functions of the body. These meridians however do not follow the exact pathways of nerves and blood flow.
Acupuncture aims to correct imbalances of the Qi and restore health through stimulation. The needles are inserted through the skin at points along the meridians of the body.
Scientists have long explored the cause behind efficacy of acupuncture. Some researchers suggest that pain relief from acupuncture occurs when acupuncture needles stimulate nerves. In addition acupuncture may also release pain - relieving chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin to ease symptoms. acupuncture may also decrease pain - causing inflammation by stimulating the pituitary gland to release cortisol.
Dr Arpana Bhagwan has been trained in traditional Chinese acupuncture, and
Western Acupuncture and chronic pain management, for small animals.
It is vital that a professional veterinary assessment is made for correct treatment.
Each acupuncture point has a specific action when stimulated. Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system circulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.
Acupuncture is a complementary
medicine which involves inserting fine needles into the body at certain points. This is done to manipulate the flow energy along the energy channels, also known as meridians, within the body produce a healing response.
Acupuncture is a complementary medicine or alternative therapy which involves the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points along the meridians (channels of energy )
Contemporary practice of acupuncture on the whole has 2 main approaches:
Western Medical Acupuncture involves the use of acupuncture as a therapy following orthodox clinical diagnosis. Points are chosen based on neurophysiological principles. Local needling of trigger points ( a tender point on a taut band of skeletal muscle which triggers a pain or other symptom locally or at a distance ), tender points ( a point in the body chose for insertion of an acupuncture needle ) predominates in treating somatic pathology, and segmental needling is used to enhance the effect.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture: This involves traditional diagnosis and includes using the tongue and peripheral pules for examination of the patient. Points are selected according to one or more of the traditional concepts.
The specific effects of acupuncture needling are mediated through stimulation of the peripheral nervous system and neuromodulation within the central nervous system which occurs as consequence.
The effects may be categorised by their site of action - LOCAL (within the immediate vicinity of the needle) These effects include afferent nerve stimulation, vasodilation, blood vessel proliferation, nerve growth.
SEGMENTAL (within the segment of the spinal cord where the nerves from the needled site enters the CNS) these effects include pain modulation and automatic modulation.
HETEROSEGMENTAL (at all segmental levels of the CNS) Effects include enhanced descending inhibition.
GENERAL (effects which appear to impinge on the whole body).
These effects include the limbic system deactivation, endorphin release, ACTH release, Oxytocin release.
The effects may also be categorised by the nature of their action -
ANALGESIC or NON-ANALGESIC.
NON-ANALGESIC effects include wound healing, anti-emesis
autonomic modulation, treatment of addiction,
autonomic modulation, treatment
Musculoskeletal problems ( for pain ), such as arthritis, any muscle pain ( including back and neck ), stiffness or lameness due to ligaments strain, intervertebral disk disease, or traumatic nerve injury.
Post operative pain or muscle spasm/tension/trigger points.
Pain from nerve damage, muscle atrophy, limb paresis or paralysis.
Respiratory problems such as feline asthma.
Skin problems such as lick granulomas and certain types of allergic dermatitis.
Open wounds and ulceration.
Certain Gastrointestinal problems.
Certain urinary problems such as incontinence or retention.
In animals the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless.
In all animals once the needles are in place, there should be no pain and most animals become very relaxed and sleepy.
This refers to the technique of stimulating acupuncture needles with electrical impulses from a pulse generator. Electrical nerve stimulators or TENS differs that the electrodes are carbon impregnated rubber pads. Before this method, needles were manually stimulated continuously throughout treatment.
The frequency now that flows through the needles in
electroacupuncture now offers what is known as dense-dispersed
This is explained as the frequency automatically
alternates between high and low every few seconds
The advantage of this is reducing accommodation
of the nerve fibres to the stimulus