Acupuncture2019-01-25T19:30:52+00:00

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles into specific points along the energy meridians of the body. This practice has been used for thousands of years in China and other parts of Asia. These points have a high density of nerve endings, arterioles, lymphatic vessels, and mast cells. The stimulation of the points helps to rebalance and heal the body by:

Moving energy (Qi) to provide pain relief. The body releases endogenous opioids, endorphins, serotonin, and norepinephrine during acupuncture.

Stimulate and regulates the immune system. This is essential when trying to control and cure allergies or IBD, when fighting cancer, or when trying to recover from a chronic or infectious disease.

Stimulates the nervous system. This has best been shown with spinal disease such as IVDD or wobblers. The calming effect on the mind is beneficial for stress relief and behavior disorders.

Other effects: fever reducing, GI regulation, anti-inflammatory, blood pressure regulation, reproductive regulation, performance enhancement, improves circulation, and many others.

Stimulation of the acupuncture points is done using a combination of:

Dry needle – inserting a tiny needle in a point for either a few seconds or a few minutes.

Aquapuncture – injection of a substance, often Vitamin B12, into the acupuncture point.

Electro-acupuncture – stimulating the acupuncture points with a mild, electrical current.

Moxibustion – warming acupuncture points with the burning of an herb at the site.

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Dear friends,

I am so excited to be able to offer a very individualized, holistic approach to veterinary medicine.  From my first acupuncture class in the fall of 2012, I knew it was an invaluable approach to healing. It rebalances our pets to give them ideal health and quality of life.

When my son had a severe reaction to penicillin several years ago, I became interested in a more holistic approach to medicine. Since 2009, my family has focused on alternative methods of healing ailments and on cultivating strong immune systems. I wanted very much to do this for my veterinary patients! The opportunity came when the Chi Institute brought a day-long acupuncture seminar to Baltimore. That day changed my professional life and how I think about veterinary medicine.

I am amazed on a daily basis how well our pets respond to acupuncture and other natural modalities.  The more I learn, the more excited I get about what the future could hold for my patients. I look forward to sharing the principles of integrative/holistic veterinary medicine with you as we work together to give our special dogs and cats the balanced, ideal lives they deserve.