What is Veterinary Acupunture?
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body to affect a desired homeostatic result.
Stimulation is produced in a variety of ways including: dry needling, moxibustion, aquapuncture and electrostimulation.
There are 361 acupuncture points in human beings and 173 acupuncture points in animals.
What Conditions can be helped by Acupuncture?
Clinical Trials have shown acupuncture to be helpful in the following conditions:
- Musculoskeletal Problems: Muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint
- Neurological disorders: seizure, laryngeal paralysis, facial and radial nerve paralysis.
- Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, constipation, megacolon, and IBD.
- Other Chronic Conditions: Asthma, cough, geriatric weakness, skin problems, seizures.
- Performance enhancement and prevention of disease.
How long does each session last?
Initial consultations take 60 minutes and include a detailed history and physical examination. Additional
treatments may take 20-60 minutes.
How many treatments are needed?
It depends on the nature, severity, and duration of the problem. A series of 3-10 treatments can resolve
many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require monthly treatments over time.
When are Chinese Herbals prescribed?
Chinese herbal formulas help strengthen the effect of acupuncture in some conditions. There are
over 350 Chinese Herbal Combinations used in Veterinary medicine. Each patient is treated as an individual so that the
best combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are selected for the individual patient.
How is seeing Dr. Perkins different from seeing my regular Veterinarian?
Dr. Perkins' practice is limited to the complementary therapies of Acupunture,
Chiropractic, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Nutrition. While many conditions benefit from these therapies there are times
when conventional western medicine is essential. Dr. Perkins does not perform surgery nor does she offer hospital stays.
Her patients that require conventional therapies are referred back to their regular Veterinarian for treatment.
What can I expect during my visit?
In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine each patient is treated as an individual. Great emphasis is
placed on a detailed history. You will be asked to complete a history questionnaire about your pet prior to your visit.
After a detailed examination which includes a tongue and pulse diagnostic techniques, a treatment plan will be discussed.
Many times a combination of acupuncture, veterinary spinal manipulation, diet change, and Chinese herbal medicines are prescribed.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Proper acupuncture technique may induce a sensation of distention
or heaviness along with local contraction of a muscle. Some animals will fall asleep during treatment. Sedation is not
recommended before acupuncture treatment as it may interfere with the effect of acupuncture.
about Food Therapy?
A proper, healthy diet is an important
part of your pet's healthcare. Dr. Perkins may recommend foods to use or eliminate based on Traditional Chinese
Food Energetics and Veterinary Chinese Medical Diagnosis.