Acupuncture is a technique that has been used in veterinary medicine in China for at least 3000 years, and can be defined as the insertion of needles into the body. In the last 20 years, there has been significant scientific research on the subject of acupuncture, supporting the practice and proving that this aspect of physical medicine works, primarily through modulation of the nervous system. Needles are inserted into internationally recognized points that are typically near nerves, arteries and veins. These points are rich with neurologic influence, and send signals to the brain and spinal cord to modify pain response, encourage circulation and healing, and to reduce spasm. Acupuncture is indicated for most maladies, but can be particularly effective for musculoskeletal problems (i.e. injury, arthritis, disk disease), nervous injury (i.e. paralysis), skin problems (i.e. allergies), gastrointestinal problems (i.e. constipation, nausea), and respiratory problems (i.e. asthma). Introducing acupuncture as a neuromodulatory technique can speed recovery and reduce reliance on drugs. It is a great option for dogs and cats who may not be surgical candidates for their condition, or adjunctively following surgery. Dr. DeAngelo just completed her certification, and will now be offering veterinary acupuncture at GVH. Please call for a consultation to discuss your pet’s condition and whether acupuncture is right for your pet!