Acupuncture is a diagnostic and therapeutic technique of Chinese origin and thousands of years of tradition that is based on the application of thin needles to specific points on the body. In fact, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the animal body, like the human body, is traversed by a flow of energy called Qi, flowing in a system of channels, called meridians. It is externalised at precise points on the skin. If the energy is low or its flow is interrupted the animal will become ill or experience pain.
Acupuncture is a useful tool for resolving or improving a wide range of ailments: acute and chronic pain, musculo-skeletal and neurological pathologies, dermatological problems, reproductive sphere, behavioural and immune problems, along with nutritional care and proper management of the animal.
The absence of side effects makes it a useful therapeutic alternative in all geriatric conditions and it becomes essential in particular situations where traditional drugs cannot be used.
Acupuncture treatment can be combined with thermal stimulation (moxibustion), electrostimulation or massage, ensuring a better and more prolonged effect of the treatment.
There are no standardised protocols as each pathology may have a particular origin and manifestation in each patient: the acupuncturist’s task is to interpret the symptoms and treat each individual subject as a whole, considering all aspects (physical, mental and behavioural).