For thousands of years acupuncture has been used to re-balance the total energy system of animals’ bodies to facilitate health and healing. It effectively treats many varied conditions such as arthritis, disc disease, nerve pain, kidney failure, liver failure, cancer, and heart disease to name a few.
According to Eastern medicine, when an animal is healthy, there is a strong and even circulation of energy, life-force, or Chi which runs along well defined channels on the body surface and deeper within the body cavities. These channels are called meridians. These meridians are associated with internal organs, muscular and joint structures, and the nervous system. Acupuncture points lie within the meridians, and are areas from which the flow of Chi can be influenced. Thus influencing the associated organs, joints and the like.
For those who prefer to look at this from a more scientific point of view, we can shift and assess acupuncture from a western viewpoint. Specific acupuncture point stimulation has been shown to produce many measurable results within the body. These include increasing oxygenation and blood supply to areas treated; aiding in production of endogenous cortisone and other anti-inflammatory substances; releasing internally produced pain killers such as endorphins; and improving immunity by increasing white blood cell and antibody production.