At Fountain City Animal Hospital, we always want to ensure that we are offering the best possible treatment modalities for your pets. Most often, we employ familiar Western medical techniques, but there are certain situations where we believe a pet is better served through alternative or integrative therapies. We have offered acupuncture services to the pets of Knoxville for more than 35 years and have seen tremendous success over the years.
The term acupuncture comes from the Latin, “acus,” meaning “needle,” and “punctura,” meaning, “prick.” Acupuncture, in its simplest sense, is the treatment of conditions and symptoms by the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body in order to produce a predictable response. The specific acupuncture points have been well charted for both humans and animals and were conceptualized by ancient Chinese scholars to be connected with each other and various internal organs via meridians or channels. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. Combinations of points are often stimulated to take advantage of synergistic reactions between them. The art of acupuncture includes the knowledge of which acupuncture points should be stimulated, the depth of the needle insertion, the type of stimulation applied to the needle, and the duration of the treatment.
In veterinary medicine, there is evidence of the success of acupuncture for treating disorders of the reproductive, musculoskeletal, neurologic, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and dermatologic systems. The most common conditions we treat are intervertebral disc disease, the chronic pain of degenerative joint disease (arthritis), traumatic nerve injuries, and other central nervous system disorders. Many other conditions are treatable through acupuncture as well, and all of our doctors are aware of these and ready to recommend acupuncture therapy when they believe it might benefit your pet.
Acupuncture’s exact mode of action is still a debatable question even among those who have practiced it for many years. Nonetheless, if we apply our own FDA’s standards for drug approval based on field trials for safety and efficacy (are they safe and do they work?), it can be easily agreed that acupuncture, having been practiced around the world for thousands of years, has withstood the longest field trial in history. Not only has acupuncture been shown to be efficacious (i.e. it works), but there are virtually no side effects seen with its use, in stark contrast to many of the drugs on our shelves today.