Acupuncture at CAH
Companion Animal Hospital is proud to be expanding its sevices to include Holistic and Alternative Medicine. We now offer acupuncture and herbal medications to help your pet during times of illness, injury, and even in health. These methodologies can be used alone, or in conjunction with traditional Western Medicine.
Extensive research has shown that acupuncture is effective for a wide variety of ailments and conditions. Various theories explain how acupuncture works:
The Gate Theory
Acupuncture stimulates inhibitory neurons so that pain is not consciously perceived, prohibiting the passage of stronger pain signals down the same nerve - producing an analgesic effect.
The Humoral Theory
Acupuncture stimulates the release of the body's chemicals that result in local anesthesia. This activates the spinal cord center, mid-brain center and the hypothalamus/anterior pituitary unit.
The Autonomic Nervous System Theory
Acupuncture stimulates vasodilation which leads to increased blood flow to aid in healing. Internal organs can be stimulated that selectively excite nerves regulating the autonomic nervous system.
The Local Effects Theory
Acupuncture stimulates local pain relief, muscle and tissue relaxation, increased tissue immune function and increased blood supply to the area.
The Bioelectrical Theory
Acupuncture points have low electrical resistance and high conductivity; when stimulated, nervous impulses help healing.