Acupuncture is the placement of small, sterile needles at points in the body associated with energy channels, or meridians. Acupuncture can be traced back to ancient China and has been practiced on animals and humans for thousands of years. The acupuncture points are used for many therapeutic reasons and to treat inflammatory conditions, pain, promote healing, improve blood flow, along with many other benefits.
There are a large array of conditions that can be treated with this therapy including back pain, muscle soreness, arthritis, neurological disorders, asthma, Cushing’s disease, kidney and liver disease, gastrointestinal disorders, dermatological problems, and behavior problems. Any species can receive this therapy and most animals do amazingly well with needle placement and frequently fall asleep during the session. Acupuncture is very safe and has minimal side effects. Each session takes between 30-45min with the first session taking slightly longer.
Laser Acupuncture uses the laser for acupuncture points instead of needles. Wavelengths of 780-980nm (used in Class 3B lasers, the cold laser that AnShen uses) allow acupuncture without needles for those animals who are sensitive, environments (barns) too cold for needles, or for animals that may mistake needles for food.
Electroacupuncture involves attaching wires from a machine which produces very low voltage to the acupuncture needles. Differing frequencies cause the release of various neurotransmitters which relieve pain and provide comfort.
Aquapuncture is the injection of a sterile liquid, such as Vitamin B12, saline or a homotoxicology product into an acupuncture point. An animal under anesthesia or an animal that can’t hold still for acupuncture needles can benefit from this technique.