How does acupuncture work?

Dr Alex Fischer is trained in the use of veterinary acupuncture and Chinese herbs to treat many health problems in pets. This medical treatment achieves its effect through the manipulation of an animal’s Qi (pronounced Chee). Qi can be described as the life force of the body. When an animal is healthy, Qi moves freely; when the flow of Qi is interrupted, the balance of yin and yang is upset, and symptoms of disease may occur.

Acupuncture points have been studied in recent years and found to contain a high density of nerve endings, mast cells, arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Research has shown that stimulation of these points results in a release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters; which are not induced by stimulation of non- acupuncture points.

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

Our practice strongly believes in the value of integrative medicine. Integrating Chinese medicine in with the treatments your vet is already prescribing can help decrease your pet’s need for medications and increase his quality and length of life.

TCVM can effectively treat many conditions. Among these are:

Musculoskeletal problems (including pain, disc disease, arthritis)
Neurological disorders (including seizures and paralysis)
Gastrointestinal disorders (including diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting)
Behavioral problems
Post -op recovery and pain control
Many chronic conditions (such as chronic kidney disease, thyroid imbalances, asthma, infertility, and heart disease)

TCVM is also a wonderful preventative medicine, to help keep the body in balance, and prevent disease before it occurs. What can I (and my pet) expect?

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine incorporates many modalities to achieve clinical results. Dr. Fischer integrates acupuncture, herbal supplements, and food therapy as needed to obtain optimal results for your pet. As a licensed veterinarian, she will also recommend that your pet be receiving western veterinary care, and modern diagnostic tests provide information to help her practice TCVM more accurately and effectively

Acupuncture is not usually painful. Over 95% of patients are comfortable during treatment; and many even fall asleep. Dr. Fischer has a wide range of sizes of sterile needles to choose from, and she incorporates techniques such as aqua puncture, moxibustion, and electro-acupuncture as needed to tailor the treatment to your pet’s needs.

The first appointment will usually be about 1 hour, and recheck appointments are 40-60 minutes. Most problems will need at least 4 treatments, although occasionally with the use of herbal supplements, food therapy, or physical therapy, some pets do not need to come as often