Harmony Animal Hospital
1401 West Indiantown Rd.
Jupiter, FL 33458
Veterinary acupuncture has been used to treat animals for nearly 4,000 years in China. In North America it has been used for decades, in both domestic and exotic animals. Acupuncture is one of a variety of therapies a trained veterinarian may use to treat your pet.
Using techniques and treatments to ensure a speedy and healthy recovery sometimes means respecting the wisdom of the past and utilzing it in new, modern ways.
Medical acupuncture replaces the old metaphors of Yin, Yang, and Qi with a more nuanced and accurate understanding of physiologic dysfunction. This opens the door to designing acupuncture treatments as restorative
neurophysiologic interventions that have a proper place in modern healthcare.
At Harmony Animal Hospital we believe in providing the best veterinary health care available for your pet. That means we will consider all of the healing arts available to us to provide the best possible outcome for your pet's particular problem. That can include traditional veterinary care, nutritional consultation, and behavioral modification, integrated with older eastern approaches such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and therapeutic massage. We have the ability to choose among a wide range of therapies to develop a treatment protocol that is best for your pet.
Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture in most states in the United States. Dr. Samantha Carter is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and is qualified to perform this safe medical procedure.
Finding Support in your pet's recovery process
Ancient Chinese medical philosophy believes that disease is a result of an imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy, and thereby assist the body in healing disease. In Western terms, acupuncture can assist the body's efforts to heal itself by causing certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body's pain control chemicals) or cortisol (a natural steroid). Modern research shows that acupoints are located in the areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels. At Harmony, we believe that in many cases acupuncture can be an important part of your pet's recovery and healing.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve a healing effect. The primary aim is to strengthen the body's immune system. It is not a cure-all, but it works well where indicated and when used alone or in combination with traditional veterinary medicine.
What conditions can be treated using medical acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture has been used along with traditional medical practices to treat, and have positive therapeutic effects, in conditions in the dog and cat. Some of these conditions include:
• Eye problems
• Musculoskeletal issues
Why is acupuncture frequently combined with herbs?
Herbal formulations play a very important role in traditional Chinese medicine. Herbs can effectively treat numerous conditions in animals and are frequently used in situations that have not responded to traditional western veterinary medical practices.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatment. Sedation is not recommended before acupuncture treatment as it may interfere with the acupuncture effect.