Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine that involves the insertion of a thin sterile needle into specific points (acupoints) throughout the body. Acupoints have a high density of free nerve endings, white blood cells, small blood vessels, and lymphatic vessels. Stimulation of acupoints has been scientifically proven to release a variety of neurotransmitters to promote pain relief, relaxation, tissue healing, anti-inflammatory effects, immunoregulation, antifebrile effects, hormone and reproductive regulation, and regulation of gastrointestinal motility. Acupuncture is commonly and effectively used to treat a variety of issues including, but not limited to: pain, osteoarthritis, behavioral issues, chronic disease (heart, lung, kidney, liver, digestive, allergy, hormonal, reproductive), performance enhancement, prevention of disease, neurologic disorders, and hospice care. Both acupuncture and chiropractic are best used in combination with a western medical approach to achieve optimum health for your animal.