Veterinary Acupuncture has shown to be a valuable therapy in companion animal health management, and is available at Currents Veterinary Centre. Dr. Brent Jackson can discuss the benefits of introducing acupuncture therapy to your pet and work with you to design a treatment plan that will meet the special needs of your companion. New patients are welcome and we encourage you to contact Currents Veterinary Centre if you have any questions or wish to book a consultation.
"I completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture training and received certification in 2000. Over the past 15 years my interest in veterinary acupuncture is focused in the area of musculosketal disorders such as chronic arthritis, pain management and maintaining wellness and mobility in our physically active and athletic veterinary patients. The wonderful thing about acupuncture in our veterinary patients is there is no placebo effect.
Acupuncture has been used on animals for approximately 3500 years. Acupuncture is part of a broader scope of practice called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, acupressure, food therapies, meditation and exercises. The later two are difficult to teach our veterinary patients.
From a TCM perspective arthritis is called " bi syndrome". It is related to an obstruction in the circulation leading to pain. Treatment of bi syndrome is aimed at relieving pain by breaking up the stagnation , stimulating the blood circulation, dispelling the wind and pain from the muscles, warming the internal cold and drying the dampness.
Modern studies have revealed that acupuncture stimulates one or more of the signaling systems, which can, under certain circumstances, increase the rate of healing response. This may be sufficient to cure a disease, or it might only reduce its impact (alleviate some symptoms). These findings can explain most of the clinical effects of acupuncture therapy.
According to current understanding, the primary signaling system affected by acupuncture is the nervous system, which not only transmits signals along the nerves that comprise it, but also emits a variety of biochemicals that influence other cells of the body. The nervous system, with over 30 peptides involved in transmitting signals, is connected to the hormonal system via the adrenal gland, and it makes connections to every cell and system of the body.Modern studies have revealed that acupuncture stimulates one or more of the signaling systems, which can, under certain circumstances, increase the rate of healing response. This may be sufficient to cure a disease, or it might only reduce its impact (alleviate some symptoms). These findings can explain most of the clinical effects of acupuncture therapy ( An Introduction To Acupuncture And How It Works, by Shubuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Institue of Traditional Medicine, Portland Oregon. ) "