What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of
needles into specific points of the body in order to create a
desired healing effect. Acupuncture has been one of the primary
methods of medicine used on people and animals in China and other
parts of the world for over 3,000 years.
How does it work?
Chinese medicine considers local
symptoms to be an expression of the state of the ENTIRE body. When
the body is out of balance or in disharmony, disease can develop.
Acupuncture treatments are aimed at restoring balance and helping
the body heal itself.
The body's invisible energy
pathways are called meridians. These meridians travel throughout
the entire body. Over 2,000 acupuncture points are located on these
meridians. Therefore, by stimulating an acupuncture point, one can
effect the many different structures along these pathways.
The method of acupuncture will vary
depending on the patient, points used and the desired effect.
Chinese acupuncture needles are very thin needles. Other modalities
include moxibustion, aqua puncture (injecting a solution into a
point), gold bead implants, electro-acupuncture and lasers.
Every patient and condition is
different. Generally, a patient needs 3 to 8 treatments initially.
These are usually given once or twice a week. Improvement is
usually seen within 4 treatments. Sessions are tapered off as a
stable improvement is seen. Some chronic conditions will require
"tune-ups" to keep them at their desired level of function.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
The insertion of the needle is
generally not painful. A mild tingling feeling or numbness may
occur after the needle is placed. Animals are often relaxed during
or after a treatment. Animals are not sedated for the treatment and
generally rest quietly.
Dr. Strickfaden was certified by
(the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society)
in 1995 and currently utilizes
acupuncture techniques regularly on her patients.