Columbus Small Animal Hospital’s Ann Kramer, DVM, CVA, is one of the few certified veterinary acupuncturists in the State of Nebraska. She received her certification from the CHI Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), although relatively new to the Western world, is a medical system that has been used in China to treat animals for thousands of years. It is an adaptation and extension of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used to treat humans.
Here is an excerpt from an academic research paper about acupuncture:
Acupuncture research has been fraught with difficulties but evidence is emerging that, at least in short-term analyses, acupuncture can be a useful and relatively safe treatment for non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pain.
Acupuncture, which uses tiny needles and electrical impulses to stimulate certain points on the body, dramatically reduces pain and inflammation, and increases circulation. You can see the results of acupuncture treatments in our case videos at the link below:
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the stimulation of a specific point on the body. The stimulation of this acupoint causes a therapeutic effect. Acupoints are located in areas with high number of free nerve endings. These points are mostly motor points.
What are acupuncture methods?
There are a variety of ways to stimulate acupoints. Techniques include dry needling, moxibustion, aqu-puncture, and electro-stimulation.
How safe is acupuncture therapy?
It is a very safe medical procedure with very few side effects and performed by a qualified practitioner.
Does acupuncture hurt?
If performed correctly acupuncture will induce distension, heaviness sensation, and contraction of local muscle. More than 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture. Many will even fall asleep during treatments.
What benefits does acupuncture have?
Acupuncture has many beneficial effects including pain relief, regulation of gastrointestinal motility, anti-inflammatory effect, immuno-regulation, hormone and reproductive regulation, and microcirculation effect.