Acupuncture is a treatment that involves the insertion of specialized needles into “points” that lie along the body’s Meridian Channels, along which “Qi” or energy flows. Most veterinary acupuncture points and Meridian lines are transposed to animals from humans, though knowledge of some “classical points” defined on particular species has been retained and is used to this day.

From a western perspective, points are on nerve plexi and blood vessel plexi, as well as “trigger points” in the soft tissue.

By stimulating these points, we can regulate neurotransmitters and inflammatory mediators, including those that are responsible for pain, nausea, and allergy signs. By stimulating the release of certain neurotransmitters, we can also improve weakness and muscle wasting. “Dry needling” involves the use of needles alone, but aquapuncture (injection of liquid, typically Vitamin B12, into points) and electroacupuncture (sending low level electroacupuncture through the points) are often used as well. Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including pain, muscle weakness, nerve dysfunction, nausea, decreased appetite, itchiness, immune dysfunction, and anxiety.