Acupuncture has been practiced in both animals and humans for thousands of years in China. The ancient Chinese discovered 361 acupoints in humans and 173 acupoints in animals. Modern research shows that these points are located in areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into these specific acupoints in order to cause a therapeutic effect. Stimulation of specific areas induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters.
Is it acupuncture safe?
Yes! Acupuncture if a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified licensed veterinarian. Very few negative effects have been found in clinical cases.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Rarely! Acupuncture is not painful because acupuncture points are stimulated using very fine needles, almost as thin as a hair. In general, sedation is not needed before an acupuncture treatment.
How long does a treatment take?
Each session may take 20 to 45 minutes; the first session usually takes longer than follow-up appointments.
How soon can results be expected?
Some results can be seen immediately but others will require several treatments. Generally a minimum of 3 to 5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before one can expect notable improvement.
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