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Electrostimulated Acupuncture for Dogs

People are becoming more aware of alternative medical options for many problems, including dog arthritis. One example that has well and truly gained popularity in the West is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is practiced China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam – Chinese records show that acupuncture was already being practiced in the 2nd century BC. Acupuncture uses needles that are inserted into different pressure points of the body to restore the proper flow of Chi— or life energy. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that ailments are the result of disruptions in the body’s Chi flow.

In the US, acupuncture is often used to control nausea and pain. Although there are many recorded cases that prove acupuncture’s efficacy , a lot more studies are needed before acupuncture becomes a standard procedure in western medicine.

A more recent variant of traditional acupuncture is electrostimulated acupuncture. The technique differs from its traditional counterpart because the needles are attached to a device that generates electrical pulses. The electric treatment is used to provide more stimulation and at the same time shorten treatment time.

Electrostimulated Acupuncture for Dogs

Most people don’t know that electrostimulated acupuncture can be used on dogs. The method is often used to treat epilepsy and other nervous system conditions, digestive problems, and reproductive troubles.

For dog owners whose pets have been diagnosed with dog arthritis, electrostimulated acupuncture is employed to reduce pain and inflammation. It is believed that eletrostimulated acupuncture can block pain pathways by stimulating the central nervous system to release endorphins.

A recent study tested the efficacy of electrostimulated acupuncture in reducing the pain in dogs having elbow arthritis. The result reveals that there was no significant improvement in the condition of the dogs being tested. The data is similar to the results of an earlier study with dogs having hip dysplasia. Electrostimulated acupuncture has a long way to go before it becomes part of standard veterinary medicine – more studies must be made before any final decisions must be made.

So does it work for dog arthritis? Sometimes….but not for every dog. Electrostimulated acupuncture should be used as a complement for modern veterinary methods. You should not abandon the standard treatments recommended your vet.

Source:  Dog Arthritis Blog

March 23, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , | 2 Comments