ANCIENT CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a particular method, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect.
The specific point on the body is called “Shu-xu” or acupuncture point (acupoint). The ancient Chinese people discovered 361 acupoints in human beings and 173 acupoints in animals.
Modern research shows that acupoints are located in areas with a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Most acupoints are motor points.
Many studies indicate that acupoint stimulation induces the release of beta-endorphin, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. Therefore, acupuncture for pain relief is well supported by scientific studies.
Vital Energy, or Qi
The ancient Chinese discovered that the health of the body depends on the state of Qi (pronounced chee). Qi is the life force or vital energy. There are two opposite forms of Qi: Yin and Yang.
Physiologically, Qi flows throughout the body 24 hours daily, maintaining a balance of Yin and Yang. When the Qi flow is interrupted by any pathological factor (such as a virus or bacteria), the balance of Yin and Yang will be lost, and consequently, a disease may occur.
Pain is interpreted as the blockage of Qi flow (or no free flow of Qi). Acupuncture stimulation resolves this blockage, freeing the flow of Qi and enabling the body to heal itself. Homeostasis is restored when Yin and Yang Qi are in balance.
What Is the History of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been practiced in both animals and humans for thousands of years in China. The earliest veterinary acupuncture book, “bo le Zhen jing” (Bole’s Canon of Veterinary Acupuncture), is believed to have been written by Dr. Bo Le in the Qinmu-gong period (659 B.C. to 621 B.C.). Veterinary treatment protocols using acupuncture were well documented in this textbook. Since then, acupuncture was and is still a part of the mainstream veterinary medical system in China.
What Are Acupuncture Methods and Goals?
Acupoints may be stimulated in a variety of ways. These techniques include dry needling, moxibustion, aqua-acupuncture, and electro-stimulation. Whichever method is used, the goal is the same: To restore the flow of Qi and allow homeostasis to return.
Can Acupuncture Be Used To Treat Sinus Issues?
How Safe Is Acupuncture Therapy?
How Long Does Each Treatment Take?
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
What Physiological Effects Are Induced By Acupuncture?
Numerous studies show that acupuncture stimulation induces these physiological effects:
- Pain Relief
- Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
- Anti-inflammatory effect
- Hormone and reproductive regulation
- Anti-febrile effect; microcirulation promotion
When Is Acupuncture Indicated?
Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture therapy can be useful in the following conditions:
- Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease.
- Neurological disorder: seizure, laryngeal hemiplegia, facial, and radial nerve paralysis.
- Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, constipation, and impaction.
- Other chronic conditions: anhidrosis, heaves, asthma, cough, uveitis, behavioral problems, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, infertility, hyperthyroidism, renal failure, geriatric weakness, skin problems.
- Performance enhancement and prevention of disease.
- Cautions and Contraindications
- When acupuncture is performed, the following conditions are cautioned or contraindicated:
- Open Wound
- Infectious Diseases
Why Is Acupuncture Frequently Combined With Herbs?
What About Chiropractic And Massage?
ACUPUNCTURE IS PROVIDED EXCLUSIVELY BY DR. KELLI ROSEN AT CASCADE ANIMAL CLINIC
(Some information on this page was provided by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine brochure)