Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a melding of philosophy and medicine. A healthy body maintains balance at all levels, the mind, body, and the environment.
Disease is an imbalance within the body. Acupuncture, “simply” defined, is the insertion of needles into specific points on the body, pushing the body back into balance, to maintain homeostasis. This technique has been practiced for thousands of years in China to treat various ailments and prevent disease, used worldwide, either alone or in conjunction with Western medicine, treating a wide variety of conditions.
In 1996, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) stated, “Veterinary acupuncture involves the examination and stimulation of specific points on the body of nonhuman animals by the use of acupuncture needles, moxibustion, injections, low-level lasers, magnets, and a variety of other techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of numerous conditions in animals.”
In 2014, the AVMA recognized the validity of acupuncture, accepting the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) into the House of Delegates as a constituent allied veterinary organization.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture services are now offered by the Mayo Clinic and veterinary institutes such as Purdue, Florida, and Michigan State, providing evidence of its increasing acceptance and benefits.