If you think acupuncture is only for humans, think again. Acupuncture is becoming more and more common for animals, and owners are singing its praises.
Animal acupuncture functions along the same principles as human acupuncture. The aim is to correct any imbalances in circulation by stimulating points connected through meridians. Acupuncture has been used on animals in China for thousands of years, according to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s website, both to alleviate symptoms and as a preventive measure against such ailments as founder and colic in horses.
Acupuncture is used to alleviate everything from joint pain to digestive ailments. To an outsider, this can seem a bit odd. After all, pets do not complain of stiffness or joint pain, and can’t communicate if treatment works. But I’ve heard owners say that the results are easy to spot – returning them back into their old selves, jumping up for food and running around. This really speaks to the point that acupuncture is not merely placebo, doesn’t it?
I love this idea! I wish I was a vet and could treat pets as well as their owners.