Dr. Adam administers acupuncture on a patient to help improve mobility and relieve pain.
Acupuncture has been used to successfully treat a large number of ailments and diseases including: arthritis, seizures, inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney disease, lick granulomas, inappropriate urination, incontinence, constipation, mega colon and anesthetic accidents, and emergencies.
Acupuncture treats disease by placing thin needles into specific acupuncture points in order to remove energy blockages, which helps to rebalance the energy (Chi) in the body. The removal of these blockages allows the energy to flow in a more balanced manner down energy pathways known as meridians or channels.
Like most alternative modalities, a single treatment rarely provides a lasting cure. If no significant improvement is seen after six to eight treatments, the likelihood for success with this technique decreases. However, many patients experience marked improvement after the third or fourth treatment.
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical approaches for animals. Side effects are rare. An animal's condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a session. Other animals may become sleepy or lethargic for 24 hours after acupuncture. These effects are an indication that some of the physiological changes are happening, and are most often followed by an improvement in the animal's condition.