Acupuncture was originally a traditional Chinese medicine revisited in the 1940s when “barefoot doctors” were trained in Chinese medicine and basic Western Medicine. These were then used together for general healthcare across Asia.
Today, we research the neurophysiologic basis of acupuncture in what we describe as evidence-based medicine in conjunction with the traditional Chinese medicine,
Acupuncture point locations as mapped out thousands of years ago and considered to be meridians of energy or ‘Qi’ have actually been found to be specific anatomical locations.
- where nerve bundles penetrate the fascia
- close proximity to major blood vessels that surround the small nerve bundles
- motor paints where nerves enter or exit the muscle
- trigger points, more commonly known as knots in your muscles
“Pain in myofascial pain syndrome develops as a result of the activation of C afferent (group IV) nociceptors at trigger point sites in muscle...the pain in this disorder may be abolished by means of stimulating cutaneous and subcutaneous A-delta nerve fibers with dry needles, for it is known that this procedure blocks the C afferent input to the spinal cord, both from skin and from muscle by activating enkephalinergic inhibitory interneurons situated at the boundary between lamina | and I of the dorsal horn.” (Bowsher 1990) Filshie & White, Medical Acupuncture: A Western Scientific Approach. Churchill Livingstone, London 1998,
Needle insertion creates a neurovascular reaction releasing substance P and histamine. This stimulates both ascending responses on the CNS to create an overall pain relief and descending axon reflexes such as warmth and redness at the insertion site. i
Local effects include capillary dilation and immune activation, tissue repair activation and local/supraspinal control to reduce inflammation and normalize circulation,
Systemic effect releases natural pain reducers such as met-enkephalin, B-endorphin, and dynorphins as well as increased serotonin levels.
Acupuncture controls pain by the release of endogenous opioids, improves circulation via vasodilation, and inhibits pain by blocking the C fibers and A-delta fibers.
Side effects are rare due to the sterile thin stainless steel needles being used.
Uses for Acupuncture at the Poolesville Veterinary Clinic include most musculoskeletal and neurologic diseases such as arthritis, VDD, nerve injuries/paralysis, back pain, lameness, and muscle and tendon injuries. Other illnesses and diseases have had acupuncture used for treatment
throughout the world including skin disease, urinary tract disorders, gastrointestinal disease, respiratory disorders, ocular disorders, and reproductive problems,
The key to acupuncture success is an accurate western medicine diagnosis followed by treatment using both integrative (acupuncture, laser therapy, etc.) and western medicine, Most of my patients are currently taking pharmaceuticals as well ag utilizing acupuncture, The acupuncture is able to lessen the number of drugs required while using an integrative therapy which has minimal side effects.
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