the health and well-being of animals using integrative therapy which
combines both Eastern and Western medicine.
Acupuncture has been practiced on humans
in China for more than 4,500 years. The first use of acupuncture on
animals can be traced to the western Jin dynasty period of China from 136
to 265 A.D. Studies have shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow,
lower heart rate and improve immune function. Acupuncture also stimulates
the release of certain neurotransmitters like endorphins, the body's
natural pain-killers, and smaller amounts of cortisal, an
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture may be defined as the
stimulation of a specific point on the body with a specific method,
resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect. The specific point on the
body is called "Shu-zu" or an acupoint. Research shows that acupoints are
located in the areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings,
mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. Most acupoints are
motor points that through stimulation release beta-endorphin, serotonin
and other neurotransmitters. Therefore, acupuncture is well supported for
pain relief by these scientific studies.