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Acupuncture is the most utilized and accepted branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Single use, surgical steel needles are inserted into acupoints which are selected based on the problem being treated.  Needles vary in diameter and length and are selected based on the area to be needled (i.e. extremity, trunk, shoulder), the sensitvity of the acupoint and the animal's tolerance.  Insertion of acupuncture needles  into the acupoints results in specific changes in specific areas of the central nervous system and in this manner effect healing. 

Here is Faith having acupuncture needles inserted:


As with traditional dry needle acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to an electroacupunture machine that generates continuous electrical pulses. The frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered is adjusted depending on the condition being treated.  Among the advantages of electroacupuncture are increased effectiveness of treatment and potentially fewer treatments required. The electroacupunture machine applies specific electrical frequencies and can be adjusted to mediate the release of β-endorphin or serotonin and dynorphins. β-endorphin is 10-100 times more potent than morphine and circulates in the body for several hours. Electroacupuncture is commonly utilized for pain relief, nerve stimulation, internal medicine disorders and paresis/paralysis.

Toby getting electroacupuncture

The injection of liquids into specific acupoints. This technique is utilized to reinforce points already needled, for points where full needle insertion is contraindicated and for animals that are very active and will not stay still for regular needling. Fluids commonly utilized include sterile saline, Vit B-12, B-complex, Adequan, homeopathic remedies, antibiotics, acepromazine, and the patient’s own blood.


A non-invasive, fast and effective modality that has been proven in clinical trials to reduce pain, reduce edema, promote healing and increase blood flow.  Unlike a heat lamp which affects surface cells, cold laser has been proven in clinical studies to effect subcutaneous cells.  It is non-heat producing and does not alter the cell structure. 


There are over 7000 species of medicinal plants in China and ten or less species are considered toxic.  While there is always the potential for herbs or any substance taken orally (food, drugs, nutraceuticals, etc.) to cause an adverse reaction or negative side effect, most herbs have a high safety margin and low incidence of negative side effects.  Chinese herbal medications are usually combinations of 1-20 different plant products (herbs), living or dead tissue (e.g., insects, reptiles, venom, shell, mammalian products) or minerals.  The proper combing of herbs reduces noxious impact hence these formulas can often be used for relatively long periods of time with minimal to no adverse side effects when used correctly (i.e., correct diagnosis and treatment) and within the recommended dosage range.  It is important to recognize, however, that Chinese herbal medication should only be administered by a medical practitioner that has been trained in traditional Chinese medicine.


 In traditional Chinese medicine, herbs and food follow the same principles and are often from the same sources.  Specific foods are prescribed based on an individual's current disharmony or disease process.  On a daily basis this promotes better health for an individual and aids in the treatment and prevention of disease.  In many cases, complete resolution of clinical signs cannot be achieved without changes in the diet.  Selection of foods is based on the energetics of the food, the species/breed being treated, food preferences & aversions, the current disharmony and geographical location.

"...diet is such an important part of our daily life that,
unless one's diet is well adjusted,
no amount of herbs, acupuncture, or other medicines or treatments c
an achieve a complete and lasting cure."

-Bob Flaws, 1998, The Tao of Healthy Eating.
Reknown TCM practitioner and author

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