Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, based on the concept that disease results from disruption of the flow of “qi/chi” (energy) along “meridians” (energy pathways), and imbalances in yin and yang forces. Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points along the meridians by using fine needles (much finer than needles used for injection). Therefore, acupuncture can restore qi flow and yin-yang balance, improve blood circulation, enhance organ function and reduce pain and inflammation.
How does Acupuncture work?
According to current understanding, the primary signalling system affected by acupuncture is the nervous system.This system not only transmits signals along the nerves, but also emits a variety of biochemicals that influence other body cells. Due to this it is not recommended to anaesthetise patients during acupuncture needling.
Acupuncture is safe, and is now available at Swanbourne Vet Centre!
Dr Monica Lin is a certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, and has studied veterinary acupuncture through the world renowned Chi Institute in Florida. We do not anaesthetise our patients for acupuncture needling, and we use disposable acupuncture needles which are designed for single use to ensure hygiene. If you pet(s) has any of the following problems and you wish to try an alternative treatment, do not hesitate to enquire at the clinic.
- Musculoskeletal system – lameness, for example osteoarthritis
- Neurological system – epilepsy, or paresis/paralysis associated with back issues
- Digestive system – chronic gastrointestinal issues such as poor appettie and diarrhoea
Usually it takes at least four treatments to assess the effect of the acupuncture. We encourage you make a commitment to finish the first four treatments, before assessing the benefit of acupuncture for your pet.
Acupuncture may not be cheaper than conventional medicines, but it is considered to have far less side effects, especially when treating arthritis in older dogs.
Any questions you may have regarding acupuncture and its suitability for your best friend, are best answered by Dr Monica. Please call the clinic on (08) 9384 2644 for further information.