Acupuncture

Dr. Carlson and Dr. Leas are certified to practice acupuncture on animals in the United States and China. LPWC receives many referrals from Medvet and The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Acupuncture has been performed for thousands of years. It began in China and later spread to Japan, India, Europe, and the United States. It has been proven to work by thousands of scientific studies, including some by the NIH. There are several studies as to how acupuncture works. Release of chemicals like beta-endorphin, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters most likely play a large role.

In this medical art, acupoints are stimulated by dry needling, injecting solutions (aquapuncture), injecting air (pneumopuncture), applying herbal heat (moxibustion), or electrical stimulation (electroacupuncture). The points can also be massaged (acupressure) or injected with homotoxicological medications (homeosyniatry). In humans there are 361 points, while in animals there are about 173.

Qi (pronounced CHEE) is type of energy that flows through the body, the acupoints, and 12 paired and 2 unpaired channels, called Meridians. If the flow of Qi is disrupted, then pain or disease can result. The goal of acupuncture is to open any blockages of Qi, remove excesses, improve deficiencies and restore health.

Uses of acupuncture are many, but include: musculoskeletal issues, neurological disorders like nerve paralysis or seizures, gastrointestinal issues, liver or kidney disorders, cancer, and to improve performance.

An acupuncture session usually takes about 40 minutes at a minimum. We take a history, perform a physical or re-evaluation, then place the needles. The needles usually stay in place 15 to 30 minutes. Placement of the needles are not pain free, however it usually feels like a slight pressure once the needles are in place. The pet will often relax and nap. If electroacupuncture is used, the stimulation is usually done for about 20 minutes. Sessions are usually performed every 3 to 10 days initially, for 3 to 10 treatments depending upon the severity of the case. Not every pet will allow acupuncture to be performed upon them.