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Acupuncture for Cats and Dogs

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Acupuncture for Cats and Dogs

Acupuncture is a wonderful technique that stimulates specific points in the body to rectify imbalances, originated some 3500 years ago in China. According to legend, thousands of years ago someone noticed that lame warhorses, when wounded by arrows in certain spots, would stop limping. (Another legend tells a similar tale about humans.) The same spots were stimulated in other lame horses, who also stopped limping.

After the energy pathways of the body were discovered and mapped, it was concluded that any disruption of the energy flow, qi (or chi), caused disease. Placing small needles along exact points on these energy pathways was found to enhance the flow of qi and promote a state of health. So, in essence, acupuncture is simply another means to help the body heal itself. Originally, stone needles were used.Today acupuncturists may choose from among metal needles, heat, pressure, massage, electrical stimulation, injections, (injections can include those prepared in saline from homeopathic remedies), magnets, gold beads, lasers, or any combination of the above.

Human and veterinary acupuncture began separately, using different charts.The human charts show a system of inter-connected pathways (meridians and collaterals) through which flows the energy of the body. Hundreds of acupuncture points are spread throughout these pathways. Identification of animal meridians was less complete, and their points were usually given different names, even when their location and function seemed identical to human ones. Charts were developed primarily for farm animals, especially horses, chickens, pigs, and water buffalo. Today in China, though cats and dogs are treated with acupuncture, the emphasis is still on farm animals. Today acupuncture is frequently made available in veterinary clinics but it was not always that easy to find.

The American Veterinary Medical Association became impressed by research and clinical results and sanctioned further study of acupuncture as a valid method of treatment in 1989. Many holistic veterinarians now embrace this technique in their practice.

The Chinese advocate the holistic approach as a means of preventing disease. They resort to acupuncture and herbs when their preferred methods—meditation, exercise, diet, and massage—have proved insufficient. Although acupuncture, like Western medicine, may be used to treat symptoms alone, the best approach is to correct the underlying imbalances that created the conditions fostering specific diseases.Therefore, most contemporary acupuncturists emphasize a total approach to health which includes first and foremost a natural organic, raw meat and raw bone diet, which is species specific for carnivores.

The basic theory behind this comprehensive system is that the fundamental energy fields that compose the body (as well as all aspects of the universe) manifest two poles which are actually expressions of one whole. The Chinese refer to these poles as yin and yang. They are opposites, not looked upon as good or evil. (Yang is masculine and active, and yin is feminine and passive.) For good health, we need to achieve a proper balance between these two extremes.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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11:56PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Thanks for sharing this I interesting information.

1:23AM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

very nice

6:05PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

This is fascinating and especially interesting after one of the comments eluded that there was no scientific basis for acupuncture...try this on for size! Now the meridians form a new drug delivery pathway! Everything old and natural will one day replace the harsh chemicals we use today!

10:33AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

I used acupucture on my ailing cat and she is doing beyond what the vet expected. She is unbiased and wouldn't know a placebo effect if it bit her in the arse......

5:15PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Acupuncture is often used for human pain relief. I have used it myself with my MD administering the acupuncture. This doctor took 2 years off from his practice to be able to give something natural to his patients. Here is an another article on its benefits..amazing today that people are taking shots at acupuncture after 10,000 years of use...much better track record than our each his own and thank heavens we still have a choice...

3:10PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

The concept of the patient taking charge of their own healing and sitting at the head of the table was beautifully articulated here by Dr. Lissa...the more we know the better equipped we are to truly heal ourselves even if we have help from specialists, etc.

1:04PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Good article Celeste and spot on. Within The System of Animal Therapy I incorporporate Metaphysics (the underlying causes of ailments beginning within the Energy fields), and put in place tailor made programmes to redress balance within animals and their humans, from the Energy inwards (so to speak) Rosi Caswell Animal/ Human Therapist

3:35PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

nice ty

7:50AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

The latest scientific papers say acupuncture is no better than an enhanced placebo effect. All the research says there is no such things as meridians and blocked energy lines. Acupuncture has been debunked. Check out the latest scientific papers and books. It has been disproven conclusively!! It is the same as faith healing, you want to believe it works so badly that you ignore the facts. Three cheers for science and reason.

7:14AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

There is no scientific evidence in support of acupuncture--it is nothing but quackery.

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very cute

They test on animals and I do not want to have anything to do with that !

Wow, didn't know some of this.

Basia? She must be Polish too! ('Basia' is a diminutive form of 'Barbara' in Polish.)


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