Carp Road Animal Hospital

1054 Carp Road
Stittsville, ON K2S 1B9

(613)831-2965

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Acupuncture

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-xu" or acupunture point (acupoint).  The ancient Chinese people discovered 361 acupoints in human beings and 173 acupoints in animals.

Modern 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.  A great number of studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induce release of beta-endorphin, serotonin and other neurotransmitters.  Therefore, acupuncture for pain relief is well supported by these scientific studies.  As more studies are conducted, the mechanism of this ancient therapy will be better understood. 

What physiological effects are induced by Acupuncture?

Numerous studies show that acupuncture stimulation induces these physiological effects:

  • Pain Relief
  • Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
  • Anti-inflammatory effect
  • Immuno-regulation
  • Hormone and reproductive regulation
  • Anti-febrile effect; microcirculation promotion

When is Acupuncture Indicated?

Clinical trials indicate that the acupuncture therapy can be effective in the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease.
  • Neurological disorders: seizure, laryngeal hemiplegia, facial and radial nerve paralysis.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, constipation and impaction.
  • Other chronic conditions: anhidrosis, heaves, asthmas cough, uveitis, behavioral problems, cushing's disease, hypothyroidism, infertility, renal failure, geriatric weakness, skin problems.
  • Performance enhancement and prevention of disease.

For more information or to book an appointment call:  613-831-2965