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Feature July 2018 Issue

How Acupuncture Can Help Our Pets

This elderly cat is receiving electro-acupuncture, which is low frequency electrical stimulation of certain acupuncture points, with dry needles in other points.

How Acupuncture Can Help Our Pets

Learn how the veterinary community uses acupuncture as a complementary modality that integrates traditional Chinese medicine with Western medicine.

The art of traditional acupuncture traces back several thousand years to ancient China, and is one branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The other three branches are herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui-Na (medical massage). Although the ancient Chinese used veterinary acupuncture to treat animals, these were primarily valuable livestock such as oxen or the Emperorís horses ó not dogs and cats.

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