What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a deep, internal therapy that works by inserting tiny needles into various identified points on your dog’s body.
It originated over 3,000 years ago as part of a holistic healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese medicine holds that all animals (and humans) have a “life force” called qi that moves through the body through pathways called meridians. Specific points on these meridians that are located close to the surface of the body, then, can be accessed via small needles or lasers to re-establish balance in the movement of the qi.
Here we will bring you a wide variety of information and resources for dog acupuncture. So enjoy! And here's to your health!
Chart courtesy: West Boulevard Veterinary Clinic, Vancouver, BC.
About canine acupuncture!
The benefits and a guide to selecting a practitioner!
Acupuncture is primarily used for ailments such as paralysis, allergies, and pain, and can also aid in skin problems, musculoskeletal issues, gastrointestinal and respiratory issues, and breeding and hormonal problems.
When looking for a practitioner be sure they are a licensed veterinarian and that they have formal training and certification in acupuncture since these modalities are not addressed in veterinary schools.
Great canine acupuncture resources!
- What is acupuncture?
- Canine Acupuncture.
Dogs can get needled back to good health - An overview.
- Resources to find a practitioner.
Find an acupuncturist near you!
- Find a holistic vet.
Find a holistic veterinarian near you.
- The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
A source for communication, continuing education, and support for Veterinary Acupuncturists in the United States.
- American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association is an organization whose purpose is to function as a forum for the exploration of alternative and complementary areas of health care in veterinary medicine.
- Canadian Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists
Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canad) are glad, and proud, to introduce the Canadian Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists. The objectives of AVAC are to advance the science and art of Veterinary Acupuncture.
- International links for vets and med professionals.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture: International Links for Veterinary & Medical Professionals
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Color Light Therapy and Color Acupuncture
In December 2008, I got a slight muscle strain of my quadricep. Mum took me to a soft tissue specialist and she performed color light therapy on me, which some folks call color acupuncture.
This is a new and growing practice. Just as acupuncture is a very old system of medicine being rediscovered, so is light therapy, or phototherapy, a "new old" system, which promises to come further into the "limelight". Phototherapy was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and India. The Egyptians utilized sunlight as well as color for healing. In the past 120 years, great strides have been made in research and development of colored light as well as full spectrum light therapy.
Here are a couple of articles on this practice:
Great holistic books!
- Four Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs
A "head to toe" guide to Chinese medicine for anyone with a companion animal. Practical procedures, understandable language, charts, photos. Encyclopedic and complete.
Ships the next business day.
- Canine Massage in Plain English
Massage is much more than just a tool to help your dog relax and feel good. It has important health benefits.This do-it-yourself book is presented in a step-by-step format to give you the tools you need to massage your dog. And, you don't have to understand canine anatomy to be successful.
- The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog
Stretch your dog to a longer, healthier life! Research on human athletes is changing what we know about stretching. For example, it is now recognized that aggressive stretching should only take place after muscles are warmed up and shortened from exertion. Authors Sasha and Ashley Foster have applied this latest research to dogs-many of whom compete in vigorous canine sporting events-so that you can learn how to safely and effectively stretch your dog to prevent injuries, maintain joint integrity, and improve you dog's fitness whether he is an elite canine athlete or a lap dog.