What is Veterinary Electro-Acupuncture?
Veterinary electro-acupuncture is a type of acupuncture where an electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. This is also called percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS). During this procedure, small filiform needles are placed at predetermined points on the body. The goal of animal electro-acupuncture is help Qi (vital energy, life-force) move freely throughout the body. The body is in a healthy, balanced state when Qi is able to move freely. When Qi is not able to move freely, disease occurs. Veterinary electro-acupuncture is very similar to traditional veterinary acupuncture in the fact that the same points are stimulated during treatment.
During a veterinary electro-acupuncture session, needles are inserted at pre-determined points along the body. The needles are then attached to a the electro-acupuncture stimulator, a device that generates continuous electric pulses. The stimulator is attached to the needles in such a way that electrical impulses can pass between two specifically chosen needles. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously. The acupuncturist is able to adjust the frequency and intensity of the electrical impulse being delivered depending on the particular condition being treated during the session.
The typical veterinary electro-acupuncture session lasts approximately thirty minutes. Animals experience little to no pain when the needles are inserted. They may become a little anxious when the electrical pulse begins, but in most cases settle down shortly after treatment has begun. Many animals become very relaxed or sleepy during and after a session.
Conditions Successfully Treated with Veterinary Electro-Acupuncture
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Colic/Abdominal Pain
- Post-Operative Pain
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Peripheral Nerve Paralysis: Facial Nerve Paralysis, Radial Nerve Paralysis
- Gastrointestinal Conditions: Anorexia, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation
- Respiratory Diseases: Coughing, COPD
- Renal Failure
- Muscle Atrophy