Alternative Medicine – Animal Acupuncture

Acupuncture is experiencing unprecedented attention as more people are incorporating it into their health care. The same trend is occurring for animals as more owners are seeking it as an adjunct to conventional veterinary medicine.

Acupuncture is a healing art and science which teaches how to see the entire being on the body/mind/spirit level. The basic cornerstone of this medicine is the Life Force called Qi which flows in a harmonious balanced way through energy meridians. We impact the total Qi available to us and our animals by the quality of the lifestyles we create. If we eat good food, breathe clean air, exercise and create a positive environment, we help to preserve and create our Qi energy. If the Qi is not flowing smoothly or is weak, then symptoms and illness can occur. By inserting thin, sterile needles into points on the energy meridians, the energy can now flow smoother and stronger. We can raise the level of health and decrease susceptibility to future diseases.

Why would you bring you animal to acupuncture? One of the best things about acupuncture is that your animal does not need to have symptoms to benefit from treatment. Acupuncture is excellent for increasing and promoting health. In addition to a preventative role, acupuncture can be beneficial for a wide variety of conditions, such as emotional and behavioral situations and from a veterinary diagnosis of such conditions as arthritis, hip dysplasia, disc disease, allergies and asthma, traumatic nerve injury, seizures, intestinal conditions such as chronic diarrhea or vomiting, and disease involving the kidney liver, and heart.

Compliments of Noreen Javornik, M.S., M. Ac. L.Ac., a Licensed Acupuncturist and certified by the State of Maryland as an Animal Acupuncturist. She can be reached at (301) 725-9229

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