Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to initiate a desired effect. The process is used worldwide as a single therapy or in conjunction with other modalities to treat a wide variety of diseases. It has been used in both humans and animals for thousands of years with no significant side effects. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, acupuncture is thought to balance the body's energy and consequently assist the body to maintain or restore health. In Western terms acupuncture alters the body's biochemical and physiologic properties through stimulation of the  nervous system, increasing blood flow, relief of muscle spasms and the release of neurotransmitters and hormones. Acupuncture can treat diseases by relieving pain and promoting healing. Common conditions treated with acupuncture include musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions, geriatric weakness and cancer. Acupuncture may also help with gastrointestinal problems, behavioral issues and immune-mediated diseases.

Acupuncture for pets includes the following treatment options:

  • Sterile dry needles to stimulate points directly

  • Aquapuncture injections of a sterile liquid (such as vitamin B12) into a specific acupuncture point in order to provide a prolonged mechanical stimulus in the acupoint.

  • Electroacupuncture to stimulate points with a mild electric current

  • Acupressure at particular acupoints that can be used by owners at home

  • Moxibustion to stimulate points or areas using heat provided by a coal made of Chinese herbs


Jacqueline Heller DVM

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Acupuncture for Pets & Veterinary Holistic Care