In 1999 I started a 2 year modular post
graduate training course held at the
University of Bristol’s Langford Veterinary
School, and I qualified with an IVAS
International Veterinary Acupuncture
Society) certificate in 2001. The training
in both Western and TCM veterinary
acupuncture gave me the scope to treat a
wider range of “organic” diseases, as well
as chronic pain conditions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
views disease as an imbalance within the
animal, and its internal and external
environment are all factors in disease
patterns. This is a more holistic approach,
and considers that health is restored by
correcting any imbalances and restoring
the body to equilibrium. Physical,
emotional, spiritual and environmental
factors are considered, and the
practitioner works with the body’s
homeostatic mechanisms to restore
balance and health.
Conditions that respond to acupuncture
include arthritis, back pain, muscle
injuries, nerve damage, chronic bowel
and respiratory disease and incontinence.
Certain species, particularly birds, are
very responsive to acupuncture, and
generally only need 1-2 treatments to
Acupuncture needles are very fine pre
sterilized solid needles which are relatively
painless to insert, and most animals relax or
even fall asleep during treatment. Needles
will remain in place for 5-20 minutes,
depending on the condition being treated,
and treatments will be weekly initially, then
often monthly for maintenance.
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veterinary acupuncture you can visit
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practitioner in your area or to contact Kate,
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